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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A Note to Say...

Good morning all.

We had all sorts of weather here yesterday - one minute snow next sunshine. Sadly the snow didn't even lie!

A clean and simple card today made for the Card Chain Challenge February swap. I know my partner has received this so I'm free to share it with you all.

This is the first time I've joined in with the swap but it's a great way to make new friends around the world...this card went to Portugal and I received one back from Spain. The February reveal post can be found here.

Stamps from STAMPlorations stamped with Memento ink. Sentiment is stamped and heat embossed with white detail EP, this has been fussy cut to give some dimension and I think it also covers up a failed attempt at stamping!!. Stitched die from Spellbinders. Finished with some gems.

Challenges entered:
Not Just Cards - anything goes
One Crazy Stamper - anything goes
The Sisters of Craft - anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge - clean and simple
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes

Monday, 2 March 2015

Christmas Card Club - "Poinsettia- any colour"

Good morning all.

Well March certainly roared in like a lion yesterday, it was wicked overnight Saturday!

I'm running a day late with my Christmas Card Club post but as I already had two DT posts yesterday I thought that was enough! Margaret picked the theme this time and she's asked us for "Poinsettias, any colour".

Using a decoupage stamp from Imagination Crafts, stamped and heat embossed with gold detail EP onto ivory Centura card. This was then die cut with the Tattered Lace Starlight Square and inlaid into the gold mirri card die cut. Card is simply layered up onto more Centura and gold mirri card. Tag sentiment is from LOTV, bow and gems from my stash.

You'll find a list of the girls in my side bar if you'd like to pop around and see what they made for this challenge.

Challenges entered:
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Winter Wonderland - tie a bow
CSAYR - anything goes use EP
CHNC - cut it up
Crafts 4 Eternity - emboss it
Crafty Catz - dies/punches
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - embossing wet/dry
Sweet Stampin' - all or nothing
CCEE Stampers - inlaid dies

And I'll leave you with a photo of a rose hubby picked out of the garden for me on Saturday!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Eclectic Ellapu Pink Team "Anything Goes"

Good morning all.

This is my second post today, you can find my DT inspiration for Imagination Crafts here.

It's time for a new challenge for the Pink Team over at Eclectic Ellapu where Elaine has chosen the theme of "Anything Goes". I've made a small canvas this month.

Canvas has been primed with gesso then texture paste has been used through a Memory Box stencil. I used Fresco paints for the background in Mermaid, Beach Hut and Chalk. Circles die from Memory Box. Flower stamp and die are from Paper Artsy, stamped with Fresco paints. Sentiments also from Paper Artsy which were stamped on tissue. Grass die is from Lawn Fawn and bee dies are from Elizabeth Design Crafts. Finished with some bling in the flower centre.

Challenges entered:
As you Like It - favourite anything but a card
Being new to mixed media I'm loving paints, canvas, lots of texture and messy fingers!
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday - anything goes
Sweet Stamps - anything but a card
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Get Creative - embossing
Work it Wednesday (SSS) - spring
Brown Sugar - anything goes

Imagination Crafts - March Challenge "Anything Goes"

Good morning all.

It can't be March already! Hopefully we'll see some spring very soon...I'm definitely ready for some.

It's time once again for a new challenge at Imagination Crafts.
Our theme is always anything goes and the winner will receive a £40 voucher to spend in the Imagination Crafts Shop.

Image is from the Hanging Basket decoupage stamp set - stamped with versamark and heat embossed, coloured with distress pens and die cut with a circle nestie. Background has been embossed with a Die'sire brick wall EF to which I added some Vintage Photo DI. I've used the Arch of Flowers stencil upside down with Sparkle Medium in Sage Green and Antique Pink.
Happy Birthday dies are from Spellbinders. Ribbon from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Art Impressions - tie it up 
Mod Squad Challenge - spring forward
Penny's Paper Crafty - lots of layers
Work it Wednesday  (SSS) - spring
Loves Rubber Stamps - ribbon or lace
Top Tip Tuesday - rubber stamps only
Eureka Stamps - birthday cards
Get Creative - embossing
WOW - spring
Virginia's View - all things embossed

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Mod Snowflakes

Good morning all.

The clamping and squishing procedure went fine yesterday...straight in and out no messing! Didn't get much done with my domestic goddess hat on so guess what I'll be doing today?

A simple Christmas card to share today...well in theory anyway!

Die is Mod Snowflakes background from Poppy Stamps...it must have taken at least 30 passes to get this cut using the thinnest of card! I tried both the GC and my trusty old Wizard...no joy. I uttered a few naughty words..this didn't help! Then I added a magnetic mat which helped a little but got ruined in the process. I ended up using a craft knife to finish it off eventually. 
I emailed the supplier twice about the problem and got no reply so yesterday I eventually phoned them and they're going to replace it with one which they will test first or give me a refund...but I have to send the dud back at my expense! Not great customer service so just as well their prices are keen to start with! Hopefully I just got a duff one as I love the die.
Sentiment is from Penny Black cut twice and layered up for dimension. Topper is attached to base with foam tape and is finished with some gems from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Rudolph Day - February
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
ABC Christmas - d is for die cuts
Holly Jolly Christmas - non traditional colours
Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
Mema Craft's - red and white + one
CHNC - cut it up
Completely Christmas - add texture

Friday, 27 February 2015

Tall Stories

Good morning all.

Yesterday was one of those days when I didn't achieve a lot...although I did manage to finish a DT project and make a card after the football finished. A disappointing match for Liverpool but it's only a game!

Domestic Goddess mode again today, I don't know how my lot manage to make so much mess and create so much washing in such a short space of time! Then this afternoon I've been invited to the torture chamber for the old boob clamping procedure...oh joy of joys! One of life's necessary evils though.

I'm joining Erika at Snappy Crafts again today to show a golden oldie...I've gone back to 2008 this week for my wedding card.

Made using the Glitter Girls Tall Stories board, Centura Pearl paper and card. I can remember making this on the actual wedding afternoon before going to the evening reception...talk about cutting things fine!

I think we'll be having another quiet weekend here, hope you enjoy your's whatever you're up to.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Me & You

Good morning all.

Another lovely day yesterday weatherwise...just not very productive! Every time I set off to do something I was interrupted by something or someone else!! Did manage a little time in the craft room but need to go back today and finish what I was doing....trying to get all my March DT work done so I can concentrate on playing.

Scraping in at the last minute with my February page journal!

Pages were roughly painted with gesso then I used aquatints to paint. I then went looking for my heart stencil only to discover I don't actually own one! We'll have to do something about that me thinks!
Stamps are mainly from Unity Stamps with the little background features from a Penny Black set, stamped in love letter memento, black archival and picked raspberry DI. Pink hearts are dies are from Memory Box. You die is from Simon says Stamp. I finished the pages by misting them with water then letting some of the drops run...not sure this shows up very well on the photo though.

Challenges entered:
Unruly Paperarts - heartfelt
Country View Challenges - drips and drops
Simon Says Stamp Monday - anything goes
That's Crafty - be my Valentine

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Happy Birthday to You

Good morning all.

Yesterday was perishing but we had glorious sunshine all day. The days are certainly lengthening again...it's still daylight here after 5pm. Spring must be on the way!

We've got parent's evening tonight...I really mustn't forget to go! It may be our last one as Lora is talking about going to college next year instead of 6th form.

It's theme week at LIM and we're being asked to show things with wings, here's my offering:

The mini stamp is a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine, stamped in versamark and heat embossed with detail white EP then die cut with a scalloped nestie. I then used DIs to colour....squeezed lemonade and spiced marmalade. The mesh die is from Couture Creations. Sentiment die is from Words with Honey, stamped onto a Spellbinders pennant die. Stitched rectangle die is from Spellbinders. Gold cord and sequin are from my stash. The blue dots in the background are punch waste.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - things with wings
CASology - mini
ShowCASe your Style - birthdays
Shopping our Stash - out of a jar
 (embossing powder..I think this jar is going to last forever, it's still nearly full after several year's use!)