Thursday, 27 March 2008

PWC Sketch Challenge

I needed to make a card for my brother in laws birthday next month but as with all male cards inspiration was very thin on the ground for me.

I decided to try incorporating a male card into the papetake weekly challenge sketch and this is what i came up with.

I used the papernations golfer and backing papers and i am quite pleased with the way it came out

CPS #57 challenge

Well It's been a while since i have posted but i have been so busy with the family I haven't had much time to make cards over the past week or so.
Today I decided to try and get back into the swing of things, so I have started with the CPS #57 challenge, and here is the card i made from the sketch.
The backing paper and mulbery flowers i used were from a PIF i recieved. I layered the backing paper onto some glitter cards and then stamped a sentiment using a see d's stamp and sakura stardust pen, and layered this onto a peice of card embossed with the cuttlebug. I then punched a couple of eyelets onto the card to thread a ribbon through. The card was then finished off with gems to give it a bit more sparkle

Friday, 14 March 2008

My goodies from the craft show at the NEC Birmingham

Well Today I had an early start off to the NEC in Birmingham for the hobbycrafts show. Armed with a bit on money and no bank card so that i couldn't buy more than i could afford, these were my goodies that i returned home with

This lot only cost me £10 and was my best bargain of the day

And this is what i got free for subscribing to cardmaking and papercraft magazine.

Now all i want to do is have a play with what i have bought

Thursday, 13 March 2008

sketch this card #44

Here is my card for Sketch this card #44
I used my cuttlebug to die cut out the flowers down the side backing them with hand made paper from creative international. the paper has pressed flowers in it. The sentiment is a stamp from the see d's blooming friendship kit, and i used a couple of the flower dies from the cut outs with a brad to finish the card off

My Paperworld sketch #6

Finally got this added, as blogger was playing up again and not letting me post pictures.
This is the card i have made for the My Paperworld sketch #6 challenge. I made a few cards before I was happy and just ended up doing a simple cardThe paper and the border are the freebies out of one of my magazines and the flower is a diecut i made on my cuttlebug, finished off with an eyelet in the centre. The stamped sentiment is from one of the stamps in a kit i bought when i first started cardmaking, but i can't remember where from. I think i must be losing my crafting mojo as i don't seem to be very happy with anything i am making at the moment, but maybe after i have been to the craft exhibition at the NEC Birmingham tomorrow i may get some inspiration again
Thanks for looking

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Today's Card

I made this card for this weeks CPS challenge and after making realised that it also qualified for the mid week challenge on Daring cardmakers
The mid week dare this week is another one by Mel - these are a few of my favourite things. What you need to do is use one of Mel's favourite things on your card (embroidery cotton/thread, buttons, felt or fabric) and combine it with one of your favourite things.
I used the backing paper that I got in my PIF from Nikki, matted on to some pink card, and then stamped the sentiment. I used embroidery thread (one of mels favourites) on to stitch peeloffs mounted onto white card. The butterfly is my favourite.
I love this card and by using a mixture of the sketch from cps and the challenge from DCM I think it works really well
Thanks for looking

Monday, 10 March 2008

Papertake weekly challenge - Frame card

This week PW are doing a great challenge with a tutorial for a frame card.
I used one of the stamp prints that was sent to me in my PIF, after colouring with my watercolour pencils. The background paper is papermania and ribbon bordering from my ribbon stash. the flower is die cut on my cuttlebug from funky foam and i've embelished the card with gems.

PIF Blog Candy

Please could Sammi, Tracy, and karen please e-mail me your addresses so that i can send out your blog candy. Thank You

This morning I recieved this lovely blog candy and card in the post from Nikki (thanks Nikki)

Now it's my turn. So the next 3 bloggers to leave a comment on this post will receive some goodies from me and in turn then PIF 3 bloggers on their blogs. Sorry UK only.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

CaardTrip Challenge

This card i have made for the Caardvarks challenge. The challenge was to make a card with a transportation theme.
I thought this was a great opportunity to try out the stencils from this months papercraft inspriations magazine and this is the result. the backing papers are some hand made paper i had in my stash, the wheels on the care are buttons that is silvered the centr to look like hub caps. I had fun making this one

Saturday, 8 March 2008

Daring Cardmakers Take a Break

Here is a card I have made for this weeks Daring cardmakers challenge.

The dare involves creating a card incorporating a tea bag or coffee satchel - just perfect for days when somebody may need a quiet rest and break.

The alphabet and paper was printed out from 'Now that's Funky' Cd design coffee with pals. The note on the front i printed out from a design i did in psp. I used a green tea t-bag to keep them healthy lol.
It took me a while to decide what to do for this card but i think in the end it turned out well.

Friday, 7 March 2008

Beaded Card

I made this card after being inspired by a project set on an msn group.
I started with an aperture card and then backed the outer apertures with glitter card. The beads were threaded on to wire and stuck to the inside of the aperture.
I finished it off with peel off borders a gold elastic thread bowed and a silk fabric rose.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Nikki's Blog Candy Challenge

Nikki Challenged us to use something we all have hidden away in our stash somewhere....patterned paper you don't like! So this is what i have come up with:
The backing paper i have never liked and hadn't got a clue what to do with is from a book of papers i bought from papermania. i added some ribbon to match the colours in the decoupage and the backing paper, which i think works quite well and the decoupage is also something i had bought a while ago but then when i got it home wasn't really sure that i liked it. I think i only bought it to give me a few more masculine pictures to use on cards. The greeting is a rub on that i had in my stash. I mounted it all on a holographic card to try and make it a bit more interesting. It did take me a while to get some inspiration for this card but i don't think it turned out too bad in the end

Tuesday, 4 March 2008


Well i have been busy today and here is my next challenge done. This one is for sketch #5 on My paper World. i have used the Unicorn from Lili of the Valley, backing papers are ones i had in my scrap box. The Embelishment at the top is a mixture of flower and butterfly sequins held together with brads. The bow at the bottom is threaded through pink eyelets. I really enjoyed making this card. In fact i've enjoyed making all my cards today.

Sketch this card #43

This is the card i have made form this weeks sketch on sketch this cards. Tha backing paper is from this months 'You Can Craft' fixed onto the card with butterfly brads and faux stitching around the edges.
the ribbon is from Sama sticky Ribbons. The butterfly peel off is just stuck onto pink card and cut out.

Food and Drink

This is a card i have made for this months Card Creations theme challenge. The lilac backing paper is Papermania and the cup backing paper and picture was from a sheet by Majse.

Monday, 3 March 2008

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Be there or be square

I have decided this week to have a go at the papertake's weekly challenge. This week they have asked for square so here is my entry.
As i was making easter cards i decided to have an easter theme with this card. I used a nice floral paper with a grid pattern on it, fixed to the card with brads. I then used my cuttlebug to emboss a square pattern onto some pink and blue card, which i then used my stamp die to cut them out.
The easter eggs and the sentiment were from this months 'Lets Make Cards'. I then finished it off with eyelets threaded with organza ribbon.

I've been tagged

I've been tagged by: Shirley shirleys cards & crafts

What were you doing 10 years ago?
10 years ago I was a single parent after going through a messy divorce. I was working as a Nursing home manager, which was long hours and i didn't have time for much else, hence my kids suffered quite a lot. My social life was the internet.
What were you doing 1 year ago?
Now this is a lot happier time for me. After meeting my partner 4 years earlier we have had 2 children and lfe is much happier. Just bought our house a year earlier so spending all my time homemaking and working occasionally at the local pub. Holidays are spent in our touring caravan that i bought 2 years previously after selling my house.
Name your 5 favorite snacks
  1. Roule on crackers
  2. cheese and onion crisps
  3. Chocolate
  4. banana on toast
  5. crinkle cheddars

Name 5 things you would do if you were a millionaire

  1. Buy an old farmhouse in the middle of knowhere
  2. buy a few properties to do up and rent out. (preferably to the teenagers)
  3. Get married and honeymoon in the carribean on a cruise. (we got engaged on a cruise in the med)
  4. Buy myself a brand new car
  5. set up my own crafting shop

name 5 things you like doing

  1. Crafting
  2. Baking
  3. caravanning
  4. playing Darts
  5. sleeping

Name 5 things you would NEVER wear again

  1. Flares
  2. Platform Shoes
  3. skin tight jeans
  4. mini skirt
  5. boob tube

Name your 5 favorite toys

  1. laptop
  2. Nintendo
  3. cuttlebug
  4. drawing tablet
  5. heat gun

ok so now i have to tag 5 people. Well to be truthful i don't really know 5 people on here so i will tag 5 blogs that i have just started to look through

Saturday, 1 March 2008

second card of the day

Here is the second card i have made today. The decoupage flowers are from Marianne designs, and the border is the border from around the decoupage sheet (waste not want not lol). the sentiment is a jelly stick on, free from a magazine.
The photo doesn't do this card justice, it looks a lot nicer in life
Thanks for looking

new card

Well today i decided it was about time i made some more cards, and this was the first one I made. I was so tired while making it as had no sleep last night, but concentrating on crafting made me feel much better.
I used a paw print backing paper, layered onto the card and finished off with faux stitching. The sentiment and the dog are layered onto gold mirror card and the dog finished off with a brown bow and brad