Friday, 4 November 2016

I'm back!

Well, hello!

Long time, no blog...

Such a lot has been happening with us these last few months -
feels like we have been in the middle of a whirlwind!

To cut a long story short, we have moved house.
 For many reasons.
It has been a very stressful time.
BUT... we are now so much happier!
We are at the point where we feel like we are now home,
and our 2 cats have just started playing out - and LOVING the new back garden!

AND I have been able to make a card!
I really enjoyed it - although the craft stuff is not totally unpacked yet... 
I still have 10 underbed boxes left to unpack in here!

But I have got enough stuff out to start creating again. 
Happy.  :)

(AND I have my very own little craft room,
which I don't need to share with anything / anyone else.)

So - here goes. The first card I have made in our new place..

This is for Patties Creations November challenge - "Birthdays"

The lovely image is called "black eyed susans" 
and I just love the simplicity and delicacy of this image.
I coloured it carefully, with my promarkers and popped it on foam pads
(after fussy cutting around it).
The frame behind the flower is diecut and embossed
and the sentiment was a freebie I found at Desert Divas.

Creative fingers - atg - 12 Nov
Jos scrap shack - atg - 12 Nov
Polkadoodles - atg - 20 Nov
Crafting with an attitude - atg - 30 Nov
Crafty girl creations - atg - 18 Nov
Digital delights - atg - 20 Nov
Little miss muffet - atg - 18 Nov
Creative moments - atg - 9 Nov
Digi choosday - atg - 9 Nov
Dream valley challenges - for the girls - 6 Nov
CAS on sunday - flowers - 11 Nov

I'm back!

Friday, 2 September 2016

Back to school - summer's over!

This one's a bit different...
a bit unexpected.

At Patties Creations this month, 
the challenge is, 'back to school.'

I had a think  - and as I work in a school
I thought I would make a card for one of my colleagues.
I thought this might cheer her up a bit, on the first day back!

I used Patties image: Tropical drink with umbrellas
I coloured it with my promarkers
and made some teeny bunting, by hand-cutting some
tiny triangles, and inking the edges. 
The image has been backed onto a fab summery paper, from a
Lawn Fawn 6 x 6 paper pack. 
The spotty papers are from the same pack.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafty galz - atg - 7 Sept
Aud sentiments - atg and a sentiment - 12 Sept
Passion for promarkers - make us smile - 7 Sept
Through the craft room door - atg - 7 Sept
Scrap creations - back to school - 20 Sept
Digi choosday - atg - 20 Sept
The crazy challenge - get ready for school - 22 Sept
Oh la la creations - girlie - 22 Sept
Crafting from the heart - atg - 6 Sept
Lil patch of crafty friends - atg -  8 Sept
Pink gems - summer fun - 7 Sept

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Just stamping

This week, I made this card for a friends birthday.

Because of what I have available to me at the minute, 
I only used stamping and colouring on this card,

I used a stamp from "little claires"
and the sentiment came from a freebie set on a magazine, 
a few years ago.
I masked and stamped the flowers all round the edges of the card
and coloured them with my promarkers.
The sentiment was stamped onto a  separate piece of card
and I added some Martha Stewart punched butterflies.

I hope she likes this card. 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafters cafe - flowers - 14 Aug
Scribbles - how does your garden grow? -  16 Aug
613 Ave create - atg - 2 Sept
Live laugh stamp - atg as long as hand coloured - 1 Sept
Inky chicks - 5 or more flowers - 15 Aug
Digi choosday - atg - 30 Aug
Lemon shortbread - atg - 16 Aug
Crafty boots - use a stamp - 15 Aug
Addicted to stamps - atg - 17 Aug
I love promarkers - birthday - 24 Aug

Monday, 8 August 2016

11 years ago today...

I married the love of my life...

and not a day passes when I am not thankful 
that we found each other. 

I made him this card ...

I tried to keep it quite masculine, but with
a romantic / anniversary feel. 
Again, this was made with the paper pack I have 
been using from The Works. 
I diecut the "love"
and stamped the sentiment underneath the diecut.
The edges were inked, embossed and faux stitched. 

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Creative cottage - for the men / boys - 19 Aug
Paper creator - keep it simple - 1 Sept
Sisters of craft - atg - 1 Sept
Crafty gals - birthdays / celebrations - 11 Aug

Friday, 5 August 2016

Still trying to tempt in the summer....

Hmm.. I'm not so sure!  
We have had the odd hot day, with sun, but then within 24 hours, rain,
thunder and even hail! 
So... I thought I would try and help myself into the summer mood, 
with this months card for Patties Creations challenge...

Pattie is challenging you to make a card for the old favourite challenge:
"anything goes!"

I chose her image called "flip flop trio".

I knew instantly, what I wanted this card to look like -
and the paper I was going to use. 
(I have a real thing at the moment, for stripey paper!)

After printing off the image, 
I coloured it using my promarkers, 
in similar colours to the backing paper. 
I inked the edges of everything 
and embossed a couple of lines across
the long white edges. 
I wanted to keep this card CAS and so
added a simple (freebie) sentiment form desert divas.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafting by designs - atg - 26 Aug
Crafty creations - on the beach - 18 Aug
Crafty gals - birthdays / celebrations - 10 Aug
Digi choosday - atg - 10 Aug
Everybody art - summer / holiday - 11 Aug
Passion for promarkers - my favourite things ( promarkers, stripey paper!!, flipflops) - 11 Aug
Through the craft room door - atg - 10 Aug
Crafty cardmakers - summer - 8 Aug
Country view - hot summer days - 14 Sept
Paper creator - K.I.S - 1 Sept
Sisters of craft - atg - 5 Sept

Thursday, 4 August 2016

anniversary 2

So, here is another one of 
the anniversary cards I have recently made. 

This one is for some special friends.

The paper came from the same paper pack as last time, 
(The Works, 99p)
and the stamp "always have" is from a lovely pack I bought in Hobby Lobby 
when we visited, over Easter.
A very lovely friend - Helen - bought 
the gorgeous "love" die for me, for my birthday. 
(and the little stars are the punchouts from my "frostyville die -
 that I must have cut a few years ago, but 
I can't throw anything away "that might come in useful!!")
A little embossing, inking and faux stitching around the edge, finished off this card!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Through the craft room door - atg - 10 Aug
Lemon shortbread - atg - 15 Aug
Bunnyzoes crafts - summer florals - 9 Aug
Crafty boots - use a stamp - 15 Aug
Simon says stamp - celebrate! - 9 Aug
Crafters cafe - flowers - 14 Aug
Creative cottage - atg - 15 Aug
Digistamps 4 joy - atg optional twist: roses - 1 Sept
Paper creator - Keep it simple - 1 Sept

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Anniversary time...

I'm still here! 

I know I haven't been around much lately...
we are in the middle of a hectic, but exciting time.
Don't want to jinx anything, but will let you know when 
we are a few steps further ahead with our plans...

I have been able to get back to a little crafty time -
and oh, how I have enjoyed myself! 

I made this card for my Mum and Dads
anniversary, coming up next week.
I *think* they have been married 45 years... 
so wrote about that on the inside, but wasn't quite
sure enough - so didn't put it on the front. 

At the moment, I am working with limited supplies,
but created this clean and simple card.
Infact, I love the paper pack this came from 
(The Works, 99p per pack - 6 x 6 papers)
and have created 3 anniversary cards from that pack, which I 
will be sharing with you over the next week or two. 

So, this card was made with one paper, one stamp,
and 2 diecuts. 
 A little glossy accents picks out each of the hears on 
the paper background, but it's hard to see on the picture.

I would like to enter some challenges with this card...
Brown sugar - atg - 4 Aug
Jo's scrap shack - atg - 6 Aug
Aud sentiments - atg - 3  Aug
In the pink - use a stamp - 4 Aug
Southern girls - atg - 4 Aug