Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Blog Candy

More blog candy at The Artistic Stamper - thanks Jennie :-) Jennie has also got some new people on her design team - talented people I know as I've seen their work in real life :-)

Something slightly different today

Well today I've had fun using alcohol inks, dominoes, beads & bits to make brooches. These are dinky small dominoes that I found in a charity shop :-)

The back of the domino.

This is another, slightly different, just a stamp on the alcohol inked background.

Friday, 24 October 2008

A couple of cards

I had to make a card for my friends birthday today, so being reminded of the lovely card I made during one of Maddy's classes at Sticky Fixers craft club I decided to do one on the same lines :-) The flower motif was made using ink's & embossing powder. The edge of the card was scalloped & then the holes were made with a cropodile. I used the swiss dots embossing folder & matted it onto the matching paper. The sentiment was stamped onto a circle punch & matted onto a scalloped punched circle. I used some of my new stash from Creative Treasures - the ribbon :-)

Again the photography is rubbish - the colours match much better than portrayed - the motif looks 'orangey' but is red!?

So I then decided to do one of the challenges on Crafts by Carolyn. A really nice challenge using Bingo Calls. I've gone for the 'Key of the door' 21 :-) The key is a mountboard die cut which I have alcohol inked.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Why can't you photograph Purple?

What is it about the colour purple? Why is it soooooo difficult to photograph? It looks blue/not purple when photographed!! OK I'm rubbish with the camera & it's not a top of the range but that is no excuse ............................. But I've tried :-)
2 cards for the purple challenge on Hels blog - they are purple Hels! :-)

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Kick Start!

Well I've been kick started to finish a layout that I started a while ago - well I'd got some bit's & pieces together but not done much else! So this morning I saw the challenge on DewDropCraftz blog 'Items from Nature' & got to work!
We tend to go to the beach more in the winter months & I love beachcombing :-) I was on my own & how do you take a photo of yourself on your own? Yes I pointed the camera downwards & took a photo of my feet :-)
The stripey paper reminded me of deckchairs & I used pebbles & shells collected from the beach in the layout as well.
The shell motif's at the top & bottom are a stencil which I outlined for definition. Not the most conventional layout perhaps but I enjoyed doing it & it brings back happy memories for me :-)

Sunday, 19 October 2008

DewDrop Craftz challenge

I've entered my pumpkin layout in the autumn colours challenge over in DewDrop Craftz blog here Nice challenge Nikki :-)

Friday, 17 October 2008

Another Baby Card!

This is my challenge card for Crafts by Carolyn - the tag challenge. I made another baby card!

There is a reason behind all the baby cards - a local shop sells a range of lovely baby/toddler clothes, presents for new mums, christening gowns, really nice toys etc The only thing that she doesn't sell is handmade cards. I pointed this out when I took my MIL to look & said that I made cards so was invited to take some down to show her. She hadn't been impressed by the cards that other people have taken her so I'm a little apprehensive about showing her mine ................................. I'm trying to pluck up courage to take them & show her. They are all bagged up nicely but I've never done this before so just keep putting it off & making more 'just in case I take them' cards! LOL

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

My Third Layout

This was done for a challenge at Sticky Fixers Craft Club. We had to include the word Passion or Passionate, 2 hearts & a button. Now passion/passionate usually brings to mind hearts & flowers & girly pink - but I went down a different route ...........................

The picture was taken in New Hampshire USA - a barrow of pumpkins & squash with such gorgeous colours & shapes. The leaves I bought in Michaels craft shop in Rhode Island & they were ideal for this layout - note to Calvin - they are not real :-) The colours of the leaves there in Autumn were gorgeous & I did investigate ways to preserve them but then found these wonderful substitutes. The buttons were from my stash of buttons - yes I used a few!

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Maddy's favourite!

Why is it Maddy's favourite you may ask ......................................
Well it's Maddy's favourite when it's full of sweeties!!
It's the tin I keep in the car for our expeditions :-) It started out in life as a travel sweet tin. I then, after washing it out, alcohol inked it (& unlike Calv didn't put flames anywhere near my alcohol ink!!) I then cut out weety with my Go slim sizzix alphabet in mount board & used another alphabet for the S - I then inked the letters & used a white gel pen to do the x's & then stuck them on the lid.
Hmmmm - went out with Maddy this afternoon - maybe need to replenish the stocks in the tin :-) - The fairies ate them!

Second layout

So here is my second layout. My son was a member of the band Xi (formerly Aeon), he was the keyboard player until they disbanded late last year. They had been together for 11 yrs gigging all round the UK. I started printing out the pic of him (top right hand corner) & the ink was running out - it was supposed to be the main black & white focus picture but I liked the effect so it became a 'happy accident' & part of the layout :-)
I used Rockstar paper by DCWV and the matching ribbon & Rock and Roll tag & star. The guitar was given to me by my SIL in the USA (she is an ex radio DJ). I stuck small gems (diamond like) to highlight the Rock Star & Dream on the backing paper & popped on one of the bands badges too.
Think I got the achievement sentiment when I was in the USA & the box with the metal eyelet letters doesn't have a label on it so I'm sorry I don't know who made them.
So there you have it - my second layout.

Monday, 13 October 2008

First scrapping attempt

Thought I'd show you my first ever scrapbook page. I've managed to do 3 pages so far :-) but this was the first.

The title lettering was cut using the cuttlebug & sizzix alphabet (borrowed from our Craft Club Sticky Fixers) & the daughter/dad was metal lettering that I bought when in Oz a few years ago now - it's the sort that can be strung onto ribbon to make necklaces. I used coloured vellum over the journaling & under the title to balance & tore the edges for more interest.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Blog Candy

Thank you Maddy for pointing me in the direction of Natalie's blog candy. As Maddy says it's well worth a look! as is her lovely crafting :-)

More Baby Cards

As promised when I was on holiday a couple more of the baby cards.

The pram is a stencil which I chalked the outline of & then cut it out & mounted it on baby sentiment paper which I matted on plain dark card.

This one is a sentiment stamp which I stamped onto pastel patterned paper which I then matted onto the plain green card. The circle & scalloped circle are punches & the bear was bought with a few other baby bits when I was in Oz.

Calv is a star!

Calvin has really earned his helpful blogger award again just now! I couldn't get my links to work at all but he has just walked me through it & put right the bit that I was misunderstanding - so those of you who tied to click & nothing happened can try again now & get a result :-)

Thanks Calv! You are a star!

Wednesday, 8 October 2008


I've recieved an award! Awarded by my friend Maddy for being a helpful blogger & taking her places to get her crafty stuff - a difficult job ;-)

What a lovely idea for an award - choose someone who either has inspired you or physically helped you to craft - Claire at artyfartymacks designed the award - What a lovely idea Claire! The idea is to pass it on to 2 or 3 people

So I pass it firstly to Calv - he inspires me with his lovely work & his humour & like a lot of his followers I wait with bated breath for Thursday - fruit inking day! wondering what wonderful creation he will come up with next :-) I also admire his honesty - we know all about his 'mishaps'!! Sometimes like all of us he has 'happy accidents' Thanks Calv.

Next I'd like to award Dyan from Art to the Heart in Harrogate. I love the goodies she sells & her designs & the fact that she was so friendly, enthusiastic & encouraging when we visited her both at the Harrogate fair & then at her wonderful Aladdins cave of a shop :-) Can't wait for a return visit (but my bank manager will hope I don't visit too often!!)

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Maddy's Challenge

I've finished Maddy's challenge on Crafts by Carolyn
The PG tips altered box challenge.
I really enjoyed doing this :-) It's the only thing I've accomplished recently!

Wednesday, 1 October 2008


Well folks I'm on holiday in Cornwall & between keeping hubby happy with the sightseeing I've done a little crafting - had to bring some kit with me :-) So I managed a few new baby cards in between sleeping & sightseeing ................................... Here are a few examples :-

Have yet to find a craft shop in Cornwall - but I'm not allowed to look too hard! If I knew exactly where I'm going I may get away with it .................................... good job I bought some stash with me *giggle*

Will try to check in later in the week - no internet conection in the chalet so have to come over to the main complex to get the internet connection.