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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Gran's 80th


Here is a card I have made for my Gran (in law - I was allowed to adopt her as my granny as had mine still been alive they would both be 110!!) She will be 80 on 15th September. I've also made one for my other Gran in law who shares the same Birthday, how spooky is that! (She is a bit older than 80, about 84 or 5 I think now). Hubby's Birthday is the 16th and then our wedding anniversary is the 18th so I've been a bit busy with the cards, lol!

This one is made with one of my floral stamps, stamped with purple ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. The dragonfly stamp is a Penny Black one. Cuttlebug embossing going on in the background and the paper buttons were a freebie with a magazine.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges (shame there wasn't one for embossing a lot lol!):

Craftalicious - purple and green
Pollycraft-add a little nature
Craft your days away - wings (the dragonfly)

I was going to enter it for a sketch challenge too but now can't find where I got the sketch from! If anyone recognises it, let me know!!

* postscript - I have now found the challenge blog where the lovely sketch came from - OCC sketch blog, yipee! ;-)

My tummy tickles...


I've had a very busy weekend crafting and another day to go today, woo hoo! No work till tomorrow :-) We are off for a walk in the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire this morning (better wrap up warm, it's freezing!) and then it will be time for more card making this afternoon, might even do some Christmas cards!

So what have I been busy making? You might have spotted this new stamp on my desk last week if you are a follower of the WOYWW posts. It is one of the new ones from S.W.A.L.K and I thought it would be perfect for hubby for our 11th wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks time. I've been having a good play with the CD rom that I got with the stamps too, I love the papers and the verses (as I am rubbish at writing my own!)

I'm entering the card into the following challenges:

Just inspirational - Sketch

and C.R.A.F.T - Anything goes (the celebration being the anniversary)

Better go and dust off my trusty trainers ready for the walk, more cards later!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Beer monster!


Here is the card I have made for hubby's birthday in a few weeks time (shhh...) I have used a digi stamp (can't recall where from sorry!, coloured with promarkers and backed with paper of my Funky Hand Dreams Come True CD. Finished off with a few gems and a sentiment. Hubby really is a beer monster in real life so hopefully he will like it ;-)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

August digi day at Stamp Something

Challenge 8 at Just Inspirational (going to the pub being the hobby/activity/entertainment)

and Cupcake's blue and green challenge

WOYWW


Will have to be a short post today as it has taken the grand total of 20 minutes to actually manage to get on the internet, grrr! I have exactly 5 minutes left now before I have to get ready to go to work :-(



So what's going on today? (Well, last night, the photos were taken about 7pm and how flipping dark and dreary was it outside?!) New stamps from S.W.A.L.K, that's what! The only thing is they are larger than I thought they were going to be and I only have one acrylic block currently (yes people, just one!) which unfortunately was too small. Therefore, I've improvised a bit and used an old CD box (Depeche Mode, showing my age!) The result wasn't too bad, but I think I will have to go and get a bigger block at the weekend, more shopping, hurrah!





If you are wondering what WOYWW is all about, check out Julia's blog at the Stamping Ground for all the info - just click on the badge on my side bar.

Have a great week and enjoy the crafting opportunities over the Bank Holiday :-)

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

A very pink card!


This card started off as a Birthday card for hubby's gran who will be eighty something in a few weeks. Now I've made it though, although I love it, I think it might be a bit too young for her?? Anyway, I think I am going to put it into my card box at work and make something more sedate for her, lol! (Or maybe I have got her all wrong and she really is a pink girly girl at heart?!)

I'm going to enter it into the following challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge 115

Paperplay pink to make the boys wink (hence all the pink, got a bit carried away, lol!)

and Wild Orchid Make it Sparkle challenge

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Colourful Good Luck Card


I've made this card for yet another person leaving from where I work! Seems there won't be many of us left if this carries on ;-0 I've used my buttefly stamp as the main element of the card and had another go at paper piecing. I'm very pleased with the result. The butterfly paper is from a book of papers I got from the 'book man' at work. There are some quite unusual papers in it, so watch this space for more cards made from it.

The scalloped circles at the back of the card were done using my nesties dies.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Charisma - die cuts
Sweet Something - sketch
Have a good rest of Sunday!

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Another male card


Here is another card I made for a male relative - well it was made for the male relative but from hubby's gran rather than from us, I'm not quite old enough to have a grandson myself lol!

The card is as simple design and is made from some glitzy peel offs I had in my stash.

I am going to enter this into the Ellephantastic Challenge 8: Male Project.

Off up to Durham now for a night out with my bestest friend, hopefully won't be too hungover tomorrow, lol!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Cute congratulations card


Here is a cute little card I have made for my friend to give to her mum who has recently been promoted to being a senior usher (not sure if that is the correct term!) at Durham Cathedral. The card is made with a Lily of the Valley printed image, funky hand papers which I got free with a magazine, two different ribbons and two flowers which I got in the pile of stash from the car boot sale the other week!

I'm going to enter this card into the Cupcake Craft Challenge - two papers, two ribbons and two flowers.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

WOYWW week sixty something...


Wednesday again! If you don't know what WOYWW is all about by now then check out Julia's blog at the Stamping Ground - click on the WOYWW badge on the sidebar of my blog.

Well, Dad loved the mini book I'm glad to say. We had a lovely day over in the Lakes with my Mum and Dad and some old friends who came along for the party. Here is a picture of my Dad with his cake (not made by me I'm sorry to say). He enjoys cycling, hence the cyclist coming down the hill on the cake!



So, what's going on with my desk this week? These photos were actually taken last night. I was making a card for a friend and then when I finished that I was having a bit of an experiment with my Promarkers having looked up some of the tutorials kindly recommended to me by fellow WOYWWers. My first attempt at skin colouring makes her look like she has had an accident with fake tan! So I gave up with that one and started a second with lighter colours. I'm rather pleased with the result. The only thing is I've tested my pens a bit close to her so I couldn't trim her into a neat rectangle or oval, oops! I've therefore just cut round her and will have to mount her onto a neat rectangle or oval instead!





Half way through colouring, one of the pen tops flew off...tearing apart of the craft room ensued...couldn't find it so decided to take a photo of the resulting chaos...and guess what...can you see it? The pen top was under the heater, phew! Don't want my brand new promarkers drying out already!!





I managed to get around 30 desks last week, not as good as my previous week which was around 40 but I did have the excuse of being away at the weekend (when I do most of my visiting). I'm away again on Saturday night this week, but not for the whole day so I will see how many I can get round! Apologies if I don't get to you, I'm sure I will get round everyone in the end!!

See you all next week x

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Cards for men


Cards for men are always so difficult aren't they? I've made a few lately so thought I would share my ideas. This was one that I made for hubby's uncle's birthday. He is a bit of a wine buff so I used this wine bucket decoupage which I have had in my stash for some time. The stringy ribbon stuff was off a parcel my mum gave me! I'm getting very good at recycling such things now.

I am going to enter this into the Cards for Men challenge 17.

I'll post a few more later

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

WOYWW 62


Wednesday again, how quickly it comes round! This week I have been mainly colouring as I have been stocking up on Promarkers. (Cowling and Wilcox are selling the packs of 5 half price till 22nd August, I've just ordered another 3 packs on top of the 2 they have already sent me!) I really need to have a lesson on using them though as I was never an artist and am tending to just colour in more or less solid blocks, so could do with a lesson on light and shading!



Yes, that is also a Christmas card you can see on my desk! There were so many very organised bloggers I had seen that I was shamed into making a start! There were quite a few Christmassy bits in the haul of stash I got from the car boot sale the other week, so I emptied them all out and had a play. I'll show you the snowman card again when it is finished! The only slight problem is I can't find where I have hidden all my Christmas stamps from last year, any ideas?! There was a Professor of Findology on BBC breakfast (yes really, it's August, they are running out of news to report...) who suggested stopping looking for what you've lost and it will then turn up, so I am trying to resist the urge to turn the house upside down...

My Dad's birthday book is now finished, scroll down a couple of posts to see the finished results. Can't wait for Saturday now, hope the weather is OK!

Finally, here is a picture of my climbing rose in the back garden which I can see from my craft desk. I had thought the climbing rose had gone as it was there when the garden was an overgrown jungle and I had asked the gardeners who came back in the Spring to pull everything out as I was starting again. Looks like the rose is hardy and a couple of branches (do roses have branches??) have survived. This is the first flower since it was brutally flattened, I'm glad it didn't go now! (I wish the bl*&**y) ivy that is popping out behind it had gone though, it's popping up all over the flipping place, grrr!)



Better go to work I suppose, I would much rather stay here, do some surfing and then some crafting, oh well.

I managed to get round about 30 of you last week, plus most (I think!) of my regular commenters, so not too bad! I visited numbers 1-30 last week, so will go for 31-60 this week I think! I'm sure I will get round all of you eventually!

Check out Julia's blog if you want to find out what WOYWW is all about (click the badge on my sidebar)

Have a great week x

Monday, 9 August 2010

Love to shop!


Yes, that is definitely me, I love to shop, in fact it is one of my favourite things in life! One of the greatest things about crafting is that it has given me a whole new area for retail therapy!

This very girlie card is actually for a colleague at work (who also loves to shop), for her Birthday which is next week. I made the card with a freebie stamp I got with a magazine, coloured with my promarkers and added a lot of bling!

I am entering it into the following challenges:

Sir Stampalot August Challenge - bring on the bling

Craft your days away - favourite things

and

Wild Orchid - one for the girls

Off now to do a spot of colouring in ;-)

Dad's 70th




I can't believe my Dad will be 70 on Saturday! Doesn't seem five minutes since his 60th (or his 50th come to that!) My parents live over in Kendal in the Lakes and we are zooming over there on Saturday morning (complete with cake) for a bit of a party with some friends my Mum has invited who I haven't seen for a long time, so really looking forward to it.


So here is the long awaited birthday minibook for my Dad. It's my first attempt at a project like this so I'm not sure how good it is really but hopefully he will like it! I had really wanted to do a kind of 'This is your life' but my Mum has most of the photos over in Kendal and I wasn't organised enough to get her to send me some! So I've used what I had available. I'm pretty pleased with the results, especially the page with the pictures of me on as well! Sorry the pictures are a little bit blurry, I'm rushing a bit this morning (and I'm a bit blurry myself too)!

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

What's on your work desk Wednesday 61


Wednedsday again and I haven't posted since last Wednesday, oh dear I'm slipping! Despite having two days off work Monday and Tuesday I still don't seem to have done all that much crafting. I have been concentrating mainly though on a mini book for my Dad for his 70th and have completed six pages of that so I suppose that counts as at least six cards! It's not quite finished yet but I promise to share it when it is. It's the first scrapbook type thing that I've ever made, so not as professional looking as some I have seen, but hopefully he will like it.

My craft space is getting messier by the day, it really needs a tidy up I think!



I've taken a picture of the conservatory from the outside as a few people last week weren't familiar with the English love of these constructions! Ours is not a posh UPVC one though which the majoirity are, it is basically a wooden shack with windows, ha ha! For those of you who were concerned about me overheating last week, my 'air conditioning' consists of opening the doors and the windows which actually works pretty well thank goodness! I usually open them half an hour or so before I go in so it's cooled down ready to start crafting.

The shot through the window of the conservatory shows my promarker storage which consists of a box my hair straighteners came in!



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Back to work this morning so I had best go and get ready, never mind soon be the weekend again! (What did my Mother say about not wishing my life away...)