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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Kenny K's Krafty Krew Challenge - Sunday 28 April 2013

Well this week-end I got into my craft room for the first time in two weeks.  What with me going to theatre for my steroid injections and then two days later my eldest son being admitted for five days with a partially collapsed lung and needing a chest drain crafting had to take a back seat.  Then we made our son come and stay with us for four nights before he went home so he stayed in the spare room/craft room so I couldn't get in there then either.
The Kenny K's Krafty Krew Challenge this week is "Tic-tac-toe" whereby you have to pick a line horizonally, vertically or diagonally and use all the elements in that row/column on your card/creation.
This is a card I've made with the Kenny K image called "Super Mom" which I have coloured in with Promarkers and then fussy cut around.
  
For my card I have used papers from the Bearly Mine Designs Gingham and Floral Breeze digital sets.  I love the collage effect of the Summer Breeze paper.  I have finished my card off with some dainty flowers which I got in a craft shop in Eastbourne last month, glitter swirls, gem tear drops, purple peel-off borders, Stickles glitter glue on the centre of the flowers, sentiment off the computer and a ribbon bow.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says - Anything goes 
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
It's all about the Vintage - For mother
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - The colour purple
My Sheri Crafts - Mother's day
The Corrosive Challenge - Mother's day or for a special lady
One Stitch at a Time - Card for Mom
Kenny K's Krafty Krew - Tic-tac-toe (to clarify I have used the left hand side column of flowers/lots of layers/swirls and glitter)
Platypus Creek - Mother's day
Victorine Stamps - Mother's day

Bearly Mine Challenge - Tuesday 30 April 2013 - Anything Goes

Today is the day for the start of another challenge over at the Bearly Mine Challenges Blog.

It is a sad day for the Bearly Mine Challenge as we are losing some members of the Deisgn Team:  Dianne, Sarah-Louise, Marie, Shirley and Gina.  It has been lovely working with you all and seeing your wonderful creations week after week.

On a happier note it's time to formally welcome the new Design Team members who are:  Lozzy, Andreja, Julieanne, Sharon, Julie, Tamara and Carol.  Sharon, Julie and Tamara will be joining Team A.  Lozzy, Andreja, Carol and Julieanne will be joining Team B.  Wishing you a warm BIG welcome to the Design Team.  Make sure you pop on over to their blogs to wish them welcome as well.

Right onto business.  This week the Bearly Mine Challenge is an easy challenge for you all "anything goes".

We have two fantastic sponsors again this week and they are Alota Rubber Stamps and Merly Impressions:
and 
Please pop on over to the Challenge Blog and have a look at the creations of the rest of the Design Team.
I decided to make a new baby boy card and I have used a LOTV die-cut image which I've had for some time now.  Isn't he a cutie?
For my card I have used one of Bearly Mine Designs newest digi sets called Vintage Fantasy.  I love the colours and effects in this one.  I have used two different blue papers and inked the edges with a chalk ink pad.  I have used some scraps of the backing paper and a flower punch to make the smaller layer of the flowers.  The card has been finished off with some lace, "It's a Boy" ribbon, flowers with brad centres, sentiment off the computer and some metal charm baby feet.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Free for all
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Moving Along with the Times - Baby
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - Flowers and lace
Crazy 4 Challenges - New beginnings
Lacy Sunshine - Monochrome
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
The Cutie Pie - Lots of layers
Crafty Sentiments - The letter "B" - baby, blue, brads
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday - Anything goes
Celebrate the Occasion - Anything goes
LEJ Designs - Anything goes
Simply Create Too - All about babies

Tuesday Throwdown Guest Designer - 30 April 2013

Today sees my fifth and final creation as Guest Designer for the Tuesday Throwdown challenge for April 2013.  I want to thank Davi and all the team for having me.  The theme for this week is "thank you teachers".
This week the sponsor for the challenge is Bugaboo Digi Stamps.
For my card I have used the Bugaboo digital image called "Ava school sign 2" and have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and I have distressed around the edges of my image with my Tim Holtz distressing tool and highlighted this with a yellow chalk ink pad.
  
The backing papers I have used are Bearly Mine Designs Mini Dots and Bearly Mine Designs Gingham.  I have finished the card off with a sentiment off the computer, card candi, Prima flower, ruler ribbon (I've had this for nearly two years and thought it so appropriate to use for this card that I cut two pieces off it - I need therapy now!!!) and a pencil charm held on with a brad.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
The Cutie Pie - Lots of layers
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
LEJ Designs - Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday - Anything goes
Shopping our Stash - All about numbers (I've used some ruler ribbon I've had for nearly two years)

Friday, 26 April 2013

Bath Time for House Mouse and Friends

Here is a card I have made using an image from the Joanna Sheen House Mouse CD.  Aren't they cute having a bath in the cups - well maybe not if you want a cup of tea from one of the cups!!  I have used a decoupage image from the CD along with a backing paper, sentiment and insert.  I have finished the card off with some gorgeous spotty ribbon, foam flowers, buttons, lace bow and some pearls.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Cupcake Inspiration - Photo inspiration
Dream Valley - Things with wings
Card Mania - Photo inspiration
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Free for all
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes and ribbon
Sister Act Challenge - Anything goes
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes - glad to hear you had a good break Maria
Scrap-Creations - Insects or animals
Crafty Creations - Pink and one (I've chosen pink and blue)
Milk Coffee Challenge - Lace and pearls
Totally Papercrafts - Flowers and lace

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Aud Sentiments 3rd Birthday Blog Hop - Thursday 25 April 2013

Today is a special day for the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog.  It is their 3rd birthday - whoopee!!!!!

We are celebrating in a big way with our 3rd Birthday Blog Hop!  We have prizes from  3 faboulous sponsors.  
     
Participants in our challenge and the blog hop will have an opportunity to win prizes from Stamp and Create, Robyn's Fetish and My Heart Pieces.  

If you just came from Julie's blog you are on the right track.  If not, please go to the Aud Sentiment'sChallenge blog and start at the beginning.  

Don't forget to leave me a comment.  One lucky winner will be chosen from all the comments left along the hop.  The more comments you leave, the greater your chance to win!  

Your next stop along the hop is Laura's blog.  Don't forget to create a birthdaycard/project and link it up to the challenge blog.  

In case you get stuck at any time here are the links for the order of the Blog Hop:

Ginny     
Helen     
Julie     
Kym - me ie where you are now      
Laura    
Mel
Ruthie    
Sandra    
Valou     

Enjoy our 3rd birthday celebrations!!!!

Right onto my card - or should I say cards for this challenge.  As it is Aud Sentiments 3rd Birthday I decided to make three different cards.
For my first card I have used a Robyn's Fetish image called "Sunflower 1" which I have coloured in with my beloved Promarkers.
The backing papers I have used are from a new digi set from Bearly Mine Designs called Floral Surprise.  On the plain green card I thought it looked a little bare so I have used my new Sheena Douglass grungy corner stamp.  I have die-cut the image and then sewed twine around the edge and made a matching bow with it.  The card has been finished off with Papermania Glitterations, lace and a Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment.

For my second card I have used a My Heart Pieces image called "Ankhi".  I have coloured her with my Promarkers, die-cut and inked around the edges with a chalk ink pad.
The papers I have used are Bearly Mine Designs Floral Surprise.  I like these papers that Donna creates whereby there is detail in one corner but then the rest is left for you to put your image/embellishments.  I have finished the card off with some small sunflowers, little red flowers, lace, ribbon and a sentiment from a Debbi Moore CD.

For my third card I have used a Robyn's Fetish imaged called "Friends Forever".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and then stamped over the sky with a dotty stamp to add some light and texture.
The backing papers are again Bearly Mine Designs Floral Surprise. I have cut some of the flowers from the scraps and used as embellishments for the card.  All the centres of the flowers I have added Stickles to the centres.  I have die-cut the image and used a chalk ink pad around this and a doily.  The card has been finished off with some yellow seam binding ribbon, raffia ribbon and a Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment.

I am entering these cards into the following challenges:

Crafty -Emblies - Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - April showers bring spring flowers
My Time to Craft - Stitching (card No 1)
Allsorts - A passion for flowers
2 Sisters - Blue and/or green (I have chosen green and used it on card No 1)
Cupcake Inspiration - Photo inspiration
One Stitch at a Time - Use a digi
Dream Valley - Things with wings (card No 3)
Card Mania - Photo inspiration
Paper Makeup - Animals friends (card No 3)
Top Tip Tuesday - Say it isn't sew! (for my first card I sewed twine around a die-cut image)
Passion for Promarkers - Animals (card no 3)
Scrap-Creations - Insects or animals
Digital Tuesday - Birthdays
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Photo inspiration
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Free for all
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Penny's paper Challenge - Anything goes

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Tuesday Throwdown Guest Designer - 23 April 2013

It's time for week 4 of my Guest Designer role for Tuesday Throwdown for April 2013.  The theme for this week is "make your own background".
This week the sponsor for the challenge is The Twinery.
For my card I decided to make a card for a male (but as I love anything to do with the seaside I'd love to get this card!!) and I have used a new 5x7 inch Darice embossing folder called "Doily" which I embossed on a piece of Coredinations that came with the folder and sanded back to release the core with the sanding paper also included.  I then cut around the doily.  The image I have used is from Delicious Doodles and is called "Beach Huts".  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers.  After matting and layering I have punched four holes around the edge and threaded twine through and used my long Tim Holtz brads to add a charm to each corner:  shell, ship's wheel, fish and starfish.  I have finished the card off with a sentiment from a Debbi Moore CD and some Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium in gold to add some sparkle and to replicate the sun shining on the sea.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty -Emblies - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - No patterned papers
Paper Pretties - Happy birthday
Penny's Paper Challenge - Use a sentiment
Papercrafting Journey - Use a sentiment
Crafty Catz - This one is for the boys
Totally Gorjuss - Embossing
One Stitch at a Time - Use a digi
Card Mania - Photo inspiration

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Kenny K's Challenge - Sunday 14 April 2013

This card was finished last week-end but because of the events of this week it never made it to my blog so I've had to rectify this - especially as the challenge ends in a few hours!!!  Kenny K's Challenge this week was to use "dies and punches".  For my card I have used the Kenny K image called "Super Hero" which I have coloured in with my Promarkers and white gel pen and fussy cut around the image.  
I have used plain cardstock but as an accent I have used a Bearly Mine Designs paper from the Love Dreams Digi Set.  I have used a Martha Stewart lattice punch on some of the heart papers.  I have finished the card off with some Spellbinders corners which I have sanded, twine and sentiment off the computer.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Kenny K's Challenge - Dies and punches
Pile it On - Embossing
Love to Create - For the guys
Cards for Men - Anything goes
LEJ Designs - Emboss it
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Punches/dies
Charisma Cardz - Flag colours (red, white and blue for Great Britain)
Mark's Finest Papers - Punched borders
Totally Gorjuss - Embossing

Sorry for my absence

As you know I went to theatre on Tuesday for steroid injection to my right shoulder and right wrist.  You would have thought I'd had enough of hospitals for one week but oh no.  

Last Thursday my eldest son woke with a pain in his chest and arm so he went to see the emergency doctor who sent him off to hospital.  He was found to have a very small percentage of a collapsed lung but after a further X-ray later in the day the amount hadn't changed so he was allowed home for a follow-up this Thursday.

On Thursday my son went for his repeat X-ray only to find out it had got worse and after seeing a doctor had to go home and get some things and return to the hospital for a chest drain.  The wait for us all especially my son was horrible but eventually the chest drain was in about 12.30am.

Yesterday I popped to see him a few times.  He's not doing very well as it was hoped the chest drain could come out yesterday but his lung hasn't re-inflated enough so it's had to stay.  He had another X-ray last night and it's getting slightly better but not enough for the chest drain to come out.  He'll have another one today and see how things go.  

We are off soon to see him for a few hours.  His dad will pop and see him first as he's got to work until gone midnight.

Despite what I'd had done to me this week I'd still have preferred to have gone through all this instead of my son.  He might be 20 and taller than me but he's still my son and you want to protect them at all costs.

As you can imagine because of all of this I have been unable to get around to blogs etc so I apologise for that.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Delicious Doodles Challenge - Friday 19 April 2013 - Colour Combo of Green and Brown

Another Friday has whizzed around and it's time for a new challenge at Delicious Doodles.  This week it is a colour combo challenge of "green and brown".
For my card I have used one of Teri's new images at Delicious Doodles called "Dragon Dreams".  I know dragons aren't supposed to be cute but I think this little chappie is!!!  I have coloured my image in with Promarkers and highlighted areas with my white gel pen and coloured the area around the image with Pan Pastels as I wanted a lighter effect.
I have used a backing paper from the Delicious Doodles Oriental Lotus paper pack.  I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder of a brick wall as I thought this replicated the scale effect on the lady.  The card has been finished off with some fibres (this colour I've had for 2-3 years and not used as it is lime green!!), lace, buttons with memory wire threaded through them, ribbon bow, Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment and some bought flowers held together with a brad.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
Pan Pastels - Brads, buttons and bows
Crafty -Emblies - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Adorable animals - but must have the ahhhh factor 
Paper Make-up - Girly and digi
Lexi's Creations - Add lace and/or ribbon
Fairies Challenge - For a lady
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Button it up
Clear it Out - Anything goes and 2 or more buttons
Papertake Weekly - One paper taker
Oldie but a Goodie - Make it girly (my old stash is my lime green fibres which I've had for 2-3 years and not used as they are soooooooo bright!!!)
LEJ Designs - Emboss it
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Paper Pretties - Happy birthday
Penny's Paper Challenge - Use a sentiment
Papercrafting Journey - Use a sentiment
Southern Girls - Button up or show some flair

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

New Baby Card

Here is a new baby card I've made with some Papermania papers I won in a challenge.  The image is a LOTV die-cut.  I've had this little cutie for over a year and didn't want to use him - but I have!!!  I have used a Marianne Designs die-cut for the image to sit on.  I have edged the image with some gorgeous lace.  The card has been finished off with some die-cut buttons threaded with twine, feet charms, sentiment off the computer, gems, material hearts and a gingham ribbon bow.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

One Stop Craft - Photo inspiration
2 Sisters - Hats
The Corrosive Challenge - Life's special occasions
Crafy-Eblies - Anything goes
Cupcake Craft - Cute and cuddly
Lexi's Creations - Add lace and/or ribbon
Nutcrafters - Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons - NO stamps allowed
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Punches/dies
Penny's Paper Challenge - Use a sentiment
Natalie and Amy - Monochromatic

Yesterday was a very stressful day as it was my date for theatre for my steroid injections in my right shoulder and right wrist.  I had some demons to face even going to be a patient on the ward as it's on the same floor where my mum died 22 months ago and she went to the same theatres for organ donation but I thankfully made it out the other side.  I shall keep my fingers crossed that they work.  Staff wanted to know how much I'd paid for my new tattoos:
  
Thankfully it didn't take too much for my husband to wash it off yesterday evening.  There's a few marks still remaining on my shoulder but I was too much of a wimp to allow him to rub any harder yesterday!!!  Today I am all battered and bruised and my shoulder and hand/fingers don't want to move at all but they have to.  It'll hopefully settle down by the time I go back to work on Friday.

New Delicious Doodles Images

Teri over at Delicious Doodles has released some new images in the last week as follows:
This one is called "Earth Mother" and costs £1.50
 This one is called "A Scottish Castle" and is £1.50

Next comes two darker images and as Teri says on her blog "these are NOT for the faint hearted!"
 This one is called "Pile "o" Bones" and is £1.50
This one is called "Hungreeeeeeee" and costs £1.50

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Bearly Mine Challenge - Tuesday 16 April 2013 - Spring flowers

It's Tuesday again and time for another challenge over at the Bearly Mine Challenge Blog.  The challenge this week is "spring flowers".
  
We are so lucky to have two wonderful sponsors.  This week they are I am Roses and The Greeting Farm.
For my card I have used a gorgeous digital image from The Greeting Farm called "Unicorn" which I have coloured in with my Promarkers.  I have added the grass and sky with my Pan Pastels.
The backing papers I have used are Bearly Mine Designs Spring Surprise.  There are 40 springtime papers in this collection for £5.50.  After I die-cut the image I used a chalk ink pad around the edge.  I've frayed a piece of cheesecloth for the image to sit on top.  I have finished the card off with some seam binding, Marianne Designs die-cut pattern, Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment and Bearly Mine Designs freebie flowers which I cut out and inked the edges.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says - April showers and/or spring flowers
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Animal antics
The Paper Shelter - Spring delights
Divas by Design - Flowers
Fab n Funky - Spring colours
I Love Promarkers - Embossing
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Milk Coffee Challenge - Spring
Lisa Somerville - Embossing
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
One Stop Craft - Photo inspiration
Totally Gorjuss - Spring shades
Lacy Sunshine - Spring fever
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
Crafty -Emblies - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Adorable animals - but must have the ahhhhh factor
Paper Makeup - Girly
Fairies Challenge - For a lady
Victorine Stamps - Springtime flowers or colours
My Craft Spot - Anything goes
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Spring into spring
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Handmade flowers
Digital Tuesday - Springtime
LEJ Designs - Emboss it (die-cut and embossed image and Marianne Designs accent)
Scrap-Creations - Flower power
Deep Ocean - Flowers and fantasy

Tuesday Throwdown Guest Designer - 16 April 2013

It's time for week 3 of my Guest Designer role for Tuesday Throwdown for April 2013.  The theme for this week is "focus on your sentiment".
This week the sponsor for the challenge is My Creative Classroom.
For my card I have typed up the sentiment on the computer, die-cut and then used Tim Holtz's Victorian Velvet distress ink through the die.  The backing papers I have used are called "Emma's Garden" by Jennifer Ellory which were a freebie from the Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine.  I have stamped a doily with a See D's scroll stamp and Victorian Velvet distress ink.  The card has been finished off with some raffia ribbon and flowers made with some flower punches.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps - Pretty in Pink
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
Crafty -Emblies - Anything goes
Victorine Stamps - Springtime flowers or colours
Card Crafter's Circle - Die-cuts and/or dry embossing
Craft Room - So sentimental
Creative Card Crew - Handmade flowers

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Special Friend

This is a card I have made using a Delicious Doodles image called "Iris and Butterfly".  I decided to go with a colour scheme of purple and bright green - yikes!!!!  I have coloured the image with my Promarkers and highlighted areas with a silver gel pen and some Distress Stickles glitter glue.
  
The backing papers I have used are Bearly Mine Designs Gingham and Bearly Mine Designs Mini Dots.  I have fussy cut around the image (yes, the antennae weren't easy but I cut a bit wider than I need and then colour over it with a black Promarker so it blends in without a white edge) and layered onto the backing papers.  The card has been finished off with some stitched ribbon, card candi, faux stitching and Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

LEJ Designs - Show us your ribbons
Passion for Promarkers - Cut out your image
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes and option of hearts
Wort Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Stitching real or faux
Crafty-Emblies - Anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - Bright
Stampin' for the Week-end - Friendship