Thursday, 26 January 2012
On to this week and my card is another Magnolia stamp, Tilda with Mistletoe (with added star shaped rhinestones on the mistletoe!), which has been around for quite a while now but is still one of my favourite stamps because she is so cute and I love her pockets filled with Christmas goodies. The backing papers are (of course) Basic Grey, but I am at a loss to say which ones because I grabbed them off my table without really checking first!! I have been forcing myself to make cards this week because I really want to get ahead of myself with my I ♥ ProMarkers challenge cards as I always seem to be rushing them out at the last minute and I've started this year with a more dynamic attitude, there's no way I'm going to let stuff get to me as much and I am going to be more pro-active with my card making, it's something I love doing and yet I started treating it like a chore!
This week has also been great because I got all my brand new Nesties from Create and Craft who had the most amazing deal. You know what it's like when you see a big offer, there's always at least one or two dies that you already own which makes you think twice about how good a deal it is. Well C & C were selling a set of 11 dies for a really good price (plus it was split over FOUR months!! Bargain) and we didn't own one of them, which is amazing because I own so many Nesties it's embarrassing really. The following day they were selling a set of brand new dies not available anywhere in the UK yet and I just had to have them too! There's a set of tea cups which are so pretty and also double up as tulips. There are some dresses and tailor's dummies which are perfect for Jo, I'm sure she is going to make some really pretty cards with those. The final set is called wavy lines and they are just perfect too, so all in all its been a fantastic week and I can't wait to use my new toys and show you what I've come up with.
Have a great week and I will see you again soon,
Entered into Charisma Cardz Challenge #3 - Pretty In Pink
Craft Us Crazy Challenge - Valentine/Love and/or Animals
Digi Doodle Shop Challenge #92 - Anything Goes
Christmas Challenges (with Sketches) #18 - Winter hols + stamped image +punch/diecut
Creative Belli Challenge #135 - Frames (Make It Fancy)
Freshly Brewed Challenge #80 - Snow/Winter
Inky Impressions Challenge - Heart You!
Little Red Wagon Challenge #117 - Winter Wonderland
Simon Says Challenge - Anything Goes
52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown - Embellishment Challenge #1 Rhinestones
Basic Grey Challenges #61 - Favourite Things
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #57 - Just Make It Square
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays Challenge - Anything Goes
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Talking about dies, I have just splashed out on the Create and Craft Pick of the Day and got myself another 11 new Spellbinder dies (at an absolutely incredible price). I couldn't believe that out of their whole selection I didn't have one die! That hardly ever happens.
So, hope you like the card. I feel particularly proud of this one as I love the colouring and I think it's a really well balanced card. Hope you agree,
Also entered into: Basic Gray Challenges #60 - Something New
Crafts and Me Challenges #67 - Use Pins
Creative Belli Blog Challenge #136 - Frames (make 'em fancy!)
Freshly Brewed Designs #77 - Something New
Whimsical Wednesdays Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafters Companion Monthly Challenge #20 - Love Is In The Air
Just Tracys Crafts - Love Is In The Air
My Grafico Challenge #119 - Love and Valentines
Craft Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes
The Poodles Parlour - Valentines/Love
Simply Create Too Challenge #5 - Love Is In The Air
Stampin' With The Dragon Challenge #2 - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts Challenge - Make Your Own Flowers
Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge #71 Valentines/Love
Ruby's Rainbow Challenges #20 - Valentines or Red and Black
Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge #67 - My Sweet Valentine
For this weeks card over at I ♥ ProMarkers the theme is "Anything Goes" and as my darling wife wanted a card making for her nephew I thought I'd give a man's card a go as I don't often get the chance to make a masculine card very often. I used some really old papers (I think they were a Papermania collection, they are all about ball sports which is ironic as I hate most ball games!!) for the background, some Tim Holtz pen nibs, a Sizzix alphabet (cut out twice to create a shadow) and a Kenny K image (called Ryder Cole) which is still relatively new to his collection.
I have been very creative this week and have also made another christmas card which I will be adding later, so hope you enjoy,
Entered into the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge #22 - Colour Combo (Blue and Brown)
Creative Craft Challenges - The Colour Blue
Alphabet Challenge - Y is for You Can Choose
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge #55 - Office Stationary Embellishments
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #138 - Use Numbers
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shops Best Challenge #91 - Blues and Browns
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Sunday, 8 January 2012
At the very top of the heap is my wonderful wife Jo. Not that this is her most recent piccie (Novmber 2007 actually!), but she is pictured here at the NEC in Birmingham, in happier and more carefree times, with her favourite on-screen Crafting presenter Dean Wilson, the man who makes Create and Craft bearable to watch. In recent years Jo has suffered with arthritis and it has worsened considerably over the last six months, so she has had to learn how to live with a lot of pain, something that has come as a bit of a shock to her system. Her life is beginning to change at a fairly hectic pace and not all for the good but I am sure she will come through it all the same woman she has always been, positive and upbeat. We are hoping she will be able to have a new hip later this year, so that should make all the difference in the world to her. I will endeavour to keep you updated throughout the following year(s).
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
So it's official, this is my last christmas card of 2011, roll on 2012! I kind of promised myself to join one of the blogs that does christmas cards all year long and at least that way I would have some cards done this year, but I already doubt that's gonna happen! I did enjoy making this card though. The theme at I ♥ ProMarkers for this week is Buttons and Lace and although I have been known to splash the odd button about, lace is not really my style (along with glitter, I suppose it's a bit TOO girly for me!!), so this was going to be a challenge. I was looking on You Tube for ways to make paper flowers with punches (found loads, now all I need are the punches!) and I came across a demo using crepe paper to make a rosette - "A-ha" I thought, "I can do the same thing with that lovely scrap of lace i've had lying around for ages now" and you know what? it worked beautifully. Just a simple running stitch and then gather it all in and Presto! one pretty lace flower. As for the Tilda, well she was a post-christmas bargain from Crafts U Love (nearly half price!!) and the backing papers came free with a magazine. Hope you like her, I'm feeling very happy this week, might be the promise a New Year brings, anyhoo, have a great 2012 and I hope we can take the journey together.
xEntered into: ABC Christmas Challenge - Z is for Zingy Colours
Crafts and Me Challenge #66 - Anything Goes
Creative Belli Challenge #134 - Snowflakes
Divas By Design Challenge #17 - Merry Christmas
Fab n Funky Challenge #102 - Something New
Freshly Brewed Challenges #77 - Something New
Inky Impressions Challenges - Anything Goes
Little Darlings Challenges #14 - Cold
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge #38 - Something New
The Paper Shelter Challege #45 - Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund Challenge #38 - Try Something New
Simon Says Challenge - New Something...
Bearly Mine Challenge #26 - Anything Goes