Thursday 30 December 2010

CCT#145 - Thank You

Hope you had a lovely Christmas holiday - whatever you did and whoever you did it with!! We had a lovely couple of days at home and with family. I am in Manchester now so this is a scheduled post - I still don't trust 'em!!

This week's theme from Cute Card Thursday is "Thank You" and I'm sure we've all got at least one of these to send so this should give you a head start.

I've used Basic Grey papers and SU cardstock and coloured this Magnolia Stamp with a mix of Promarkers and Copics with Glossy Accents and a Distress Ink background. I've used a mix of flowers and leaves from Prima and Wild Orchid and some Swarovski gems for that big of bling. A hanging charm finishes it off.

Wishing all my lovely blogging friends a very happy New Year when it comes and see you next year!!

Thursday 23 December 2010

CCT#144 - Sketch

Ooops - I did a card last week and forgot to blog it. Big DOH!!

No more Christmas cards - yippeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! School's just out here so we are hunkered down for a few relaxing days.

Great sketch this week on Cute Card Thursday and as DH's niece is due her first baby on Christmas Day I am trying to be organised and get the card done in advance, seeing as how we already know it's a wee boy!!

I've used this beautiful sentiment from Elzybells (which always brings a tear to my eye) and gorgeous Sugar Nellie sleeping baby image, coloured with Promarkers, silver Sakura gel pen and Glamour Dust. Card is all coloured and stamped with Distress Inks and a flourish from Crafty Individuals. Some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and punched swirls finish it off.

Thursday 9 December 2010

CCT#142 - Floral Frenzy

Happy Thursday!!

A nice easy theme this week from Cute Card Thursday. Flowers. See - said it was easy!!

This is a veeeeery old "Paper Nation" stamp and as I had a birthday card to make for a special girl who is four today I dusted her off and coloured her with Promarkers with a sprinkling of Glamour Dust. I have used sealed glitter card in pink and purple with EK Success and Dovecraft punches. Some Prima flowers with Stickles and a Cuddly Buddly sentiment finish her off.

We have a great prize this week from our regular sponsor Simon Says Stamp plus the DT have come up with some beauties as always so pop on over and take a peek!!

Thursday 25 November 2010

Mad times ahead .........

I'm taking a couple of weeks off to do all the things ... well you have to do at this time of year!!

Thursday 18 November 2010

CCT#139 - Sketch by Susan

We've got a great sketch by our lovely DT member Susan this week on Cute Card Thursday.

I've used Basic Grey Jovial paper for this and card from PDA Card and Craft. The image was a magazine freebie and has been coloured with Promarkers and finished with Glamour Dust. Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and sentiment is from a Stampin Up set.

We've got a great prize from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps to give away this week so pop on over and check out the blog and the Design Team's lovely creations.

Tuesday 16 November 2010

Santa Beary

Oh I love this cute little Lily of the Valley bear from last Christmas. He's definitely a favourite. I've coloured him with Promarkers, Sakura pens and Glamour Dust with some Distress Ink around the torn edges. The papers are Basic Grey Jovial and I've attacked them with the distressing tool, sand paper and Distress Inks before sewing around the edges. Sentiment is Cats Life Press and I made the flower using EK Success punches and water.

I am entering this card into 3 challenges

Passion for Promarkers - Stitching and Distressing
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Distressing
Oldie But a Goodie - Glitter.

Saturday 13 November 2010

Sugar Bowl #47

The really great sketch for the challenge from The Sugar Bowl has been created by Maria Therese and there's an extra of "Ribbons and Bows".

I've coloured this cute Sugar Nellie Snowman (oldie but goodie IMO) with Promarkers and Sakura pens. I then masked him off and the background was created with Promarkers and the new spray tool from Stampin Up - it works really well and I was very pleased with the result. The foliage behind is a Penny Black stamp and I've used Ranger ink. The papers are from MME and Basic Grey. I used ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons over the Martha Stewart punched border. I cut the snowflake and sentiment with my Slice and a large Dovecraft brad finishes off the snowflake.

Thanks for looking.

Friday 12 November 2010

5 Golden Rings (bet you'll be singing that now hehe!!)

Three in one on this card - yey!! The theme this week from Passion for Promarkers is "Colours of Old Photographs" eg sepia, black & white. A Spoonful of Sugar and Penny Black Saturday both have a theme of "Snow" so I hope my multi-coloured snowflakes will fit the bill.

I've used paper from MME Signature Christmas pad (definitely my favourite this year). The cheeky puss has been coloured with Promarkers and Sakura pens and is from Penny Black's "12 Days of Christmas" set. I think he's hilarious!! A bit of ribbon finishes it off.

Thursday 11 November 2010

CCT#138 - Anything Goes

A nice easy theme from Cute Card Thursday!! I have used this lovely stamp from Whiff of Joy and coloured him with Promarkers and glitter. The sentiment is from Funstamps and flowers are from Wild Orchid.

Thursday 4 November 2010

CCT#137 - Gently Does It

Well I finally caught up with my preserving and have got the bramble jelly made. Just the Christmas cakes to do now in a couple of weeks. My lot don't eat sultanas etc. so I make mine with tropical fruit and they don't need making as far ahead :-)

This week on Cute Card Thursday the theme is "Gently Does It" which is to use vellum, parchment or tissue paper on your creation. This lovely glittered paper from My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas Stack was already out to use and I thought the punched vellum snowflakes were just the job!! The gorgeous image is by Whiff of Joy and is coloured with Promarkers, with accents in Diamond Dust and Stickles. Brads are Papermania and the fibres were free gifts with an order from Craft Obsessions. Sentiment is Cuddly Buddly. Quite a simple card but I think these beautiful images don't need much embellishment!!

Pop on over to the CCT blog for details of our fabby sponsor and have a peek at the rest of the Design Team's gorgeous cards.

Thursday 28 October 2010

CCT#136 - So Transparent

The theme this week on Cute Card Thursday is "So Transparent" and for me that had to be a shaker card!!

This cute Penny Black hedgie has been coloured with Promarkers, chalk and glitter. I've used Stardream card and Basic Grey paper, along with a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the frame. Some large glitter inside the acetate, prima flowers and Papermania brad with punched snowflakes finish it off.

I'm up to my armpits in mincemeat and bramble jelly at the moment and then we are off to the SECC this weekend for the Hobbycrafts show. Whooo hoooo!!

Thursday 21 October 2010

CCT#135 - My Sketch

We are back from our lovely week's holiday and I am ready for the round of crafting, cooking and baking for Christmas now!!

It's sketch time this week on Cute Card Thursday and it's my turn!! Not too complicated I hope.

I've used Cosmo Cricket "Delovely" papers and SU card. The image is from Hanglar & Stanglar and I've coloured her with Promarkers. Sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly and flowers are Prima. I've used a Martha Stewart punch for the leaves and Card Candy by Craftwork Cards to finish it off.

Thursday 14 October 2010

CCT#134 - What's Bugging You?

This week on Cute Card Thursday we want to see bugs/butterflies etc. on your cards. I have used Magnolia Stamps "Tilda as Butterfly" and coloured her with Promarkers then framed the aperture with punched and inked shapes finished with Liquid Pearls, which was a technique I saw on the Whiff of Joy Inspirations Blog here. Punches are Woodware, Martha Stewart and EK Success and flowers are from Wild Orchid. I have used Basic Grey Capella papers outside and inside and inside masked off the image and used Stampin' Up and more Magnolia stamps to create the scene.

I am away this week so hope the scheduled posting works!!

Thursday 7 October 2010

CCT#133 - No embellishments/hand made

I was in my element this week with our theme from Cute Card Thursday as I just love making my own embellishments :-)

I used Basic Grey Capella paper with Stampin' Up cardstock to make the card. Tilda has been coloured with Promarkers and accented with Glossy Accents and I have chalked the background to soften it a bit. I used the negative bit of a nestability die-cut as a frame for a wee change. The flower/leaf embellishments were punched using Woodware and Martha Stewart punches, with Liquid Pearl centres and I made the bronze motif with the Melting Pot and a mould. Sentiment is Cuddly Buddly.

Don't forget to pop on over to the CCT blog to check out the DT's amazing work and also our Guest Designer Caz's creation too ...... and not forgetting our amazing sponsor's prize too of course!!

Wednesday 6 October 2010

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday

I saw this great idea on Debby's blog and thought I would join in with this bit of fun. If you fancy joining in too you can find Julia Dunnit's blog here.

I am looking a bit chaotic at the moment as I have about four things on the go just now so please excuse the mess!!

Whilst we are having a "sharing" moment I just thought I would share with you my first EVER card from six years ago that I found on the depths of the hard drive whilst looking for something else. GUFFAW and SPLURT!!!

.......... and on that note I am going to tidy my desk!!

Thursday 30 September 2010

Hello!! How are you??!! It's been soooo looooong. Well - I dragged my mojo out from it's hiding place down the back of the sofa and got making. Gosh I feel good to be in a creative mood again.

Over on Cute Card Thursday our theme is "Tick Tock" and we want to see your clock or time inspired creations. I have used paper from Basic Grey's Pyrus 6x6 paper pad and a mixture of Kanban and SU coloured card. Stamped image is coloured with Promarkers and is by Sarah Kay. The vintage style lace is from my local florist and I've made a little rosette with it too to put a Wild Orchid tea rose inside and a pin through. The clock stamped image is from Crafty Individuals and I've used Distress Inks.

I'm a bit rusty but bear with me!!

Sunday 25 July 2010


It's FIL's birthday today and, seeing as how he's gotten into boat fishing recently I thought a little book to keep record of what fish gets caught (or gets away!!) would be in order.

It's the first time I've gotten "messy" in a looooong time and it was absolutely wonderful!! I used Grungepaper and my Slice to cut out the words and then embossed, Distress Inked and finished with either Distress EP, Distress Stickles or transparent Viva Croco paint. Paper is Imaginisce and the little embellies were either cut with the Slice or made.

I am so pleased I finally got to use this great MSI fishy sentiment stamp and "Conrad" by Personal Impressions goes with it perfectly!! I love them and they have both lived in the drawer a long time waiting for this moment :-)

The card was totally inspired by this month's Craft Stamper - I had a "Ooooh I have that stamp" moment!! Not seen ink before of course but it has now!! Hobby Art stamp is coloured with Derwent chalk pencils and I used a Grungeboard frame coloured with Adirondack Dabbers and again the Viva Croco paint then a bit of Distress Ink over the top. Some sand-coloured EP finishes off the shaker card.

Hope he likes them!!

Monday 31 May 2010

Hearts have wings ....

Well they do on this card anyway!!

It's DH's parents' anniversary today so a great opportunity to use the Tim Holtz die for the first time. I covered the top of the heart with an Adirondack Dabber in Pearl and sprinkled Glamour Dust over the top. I've used a Martha Stewart punch for around the edge (and we will all pretend we can't see where it went wonky ok???!!)

Sunday 30 May 2010

Just because ......

..... I haven't been into my craft room "properly" for two months now and I just HAD to make a card for friends' new home. Know what? I really loved it and have been pottering at night again trying to tidy up and get ready to hopefully do some creating properly again soon.

I made the background ages ago with alcohol inks and used this great stamp from Crafty Individuals. Sentiment is Catslife Press and card is SU.

I am not joining in any challenges just now and am just trying to do as and when the mood strikes. I really want to get the mojo back but am scared I frighten it off if I do too much!!

Thursday 25 March 2010

I'm taking a break for a month or so - be good y'all!!

Thursday 18 March 2010

CCT #104 - Anniversary

It's our own Caz's 21st wedding anniversary today on Cute Card Thursday - happy anniversary Mr and Mrs "Caz"!!

I've used this fabby Kraftin Kimmie Moonlight Whispers stamp "Josephine" and coloured her with Promarkers. Paper is from Basic Grey "Green at Heart" paper pad and card is SU. I don't think Josephine needs much else really - she's just toooo wonderful on her own!!

Thursday 11 March 2010

CCT #103 - 2 Year Celebration!!

Well it just seems completely unbelievable to me that it's two whole years since we all started on Cute Card Thursday!! It's true though and this week we are having a "Celebration" theme. This could be a birthday, anniversary, wedding or any interpretation you wish really.

This is DH's birthday card - he's MY hero!! I've used Greetings Farm stamps coloured with Promarkers and clear Sakura Gel pen, a Cuddly Buddly word bubble, SU card and paper from Designer Digitals. Continuing with the stars I've used a "Crafts Too" embossing folder, Martha Stewart punch and to finish it off I've used a Papermania mini card spring to make my superhero really fly!!

Well I spoke too soon when I said we were all better as a very nasty sinus infection awaited me and I've been really poorly. I got strong anti-biotics from the Dr which looked like horse pills but they sorted me out and I've been feeling much better. I really, really hope that's us for a while here now as it's been one thing after another with the three of us and I've had enough!!