Saturday, 3 December 2011

Crafty Calendar Challenges December Challenge

Good morning all, two posts in a week I must be on a roll lol. 

Today is the start of a new challenge over at Crafty Calendar Challenges and this month the challenge is 'Cold & Frosty'

I decided to make a snow globe shaker card, I remember seeing a couple of these last year using stamped images and thought my god children would love one.

 I used the 'Carollers Come Singing' cutting file from Creative Kuts, I made the snow globe myself in SCAL 2 and the Merry Christmas was drawn with my Cricut using a SCAL 2 font. On the purple card at the bottom I stamped some different snowflake stamps with a Ranger Embossing Distress Ink Pad and then heat embossed them with Ranger Clear Distress Embossing Powder.

A5 Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Papers - DCWV (I think)
Stamps - Various from Crafty Sentiment 'Sentiments'
Cutting File - Creative Kuts 'Carollers Come Singing'
Snow - Baker Ross 'Snow Shaker'
Ribbon - Anita's
Gems & I-Rock - Imaginisce
Embossing Ink & Powder - Ranger 'Distress' Range.

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Bling It On - Christmas
By The Cute & Girly - Let It Snow
Creatalicious - Christmas with Sparkle
Joanna Sheen - Christmas Wishes
Rainbow Lady's - Christmas Carol 'Let It Snow'
Fantabulous Cricut - Holiday Cards

Thanks for stopping by and please do pop over to the challenge blog and have a look at the other dt members creations.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Crafty Sentiments Recipe Challenge

Good afternoon all on this freezing cold day, I hope you are somewhat warmer where ever you are. When I get  up in the morning, open the curtains to see the sea crashing against the shore I know it is going to be a cold day but today it is crashing so hard it is coming over the sea wall hence I am FREEZING!!

Today see's the start of a new challenge over at Crafty Sentiment Designs and this week we had a recipe to play with which was:- 
1 ribbon
2 images
3 papers.

Now my card is a little late but it is my first card for the challenge in what feels like forever lol, it took a long time to create so not sure how often I will be able to join in but just had to do something.

I used Winter Wishes rubber stamp & A Freebie digi Christmas Tree. My Christmas Tree didn't have a trunk or any snow to it so I placed the snow from the base of the post box below it and then drew in my own trunk. It is not very clear in the photo but I added 3d sparkle snow to all the snowy areas.

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Cardstock - Bazzill
Designer Papers - Dovercraft
Image - Crafty Sentiments 'Winter Wishes' & Freebie Digi Xmas Tree
Medium - Promarkers
Ribbon - Dr Banardos
Die - Nellie Snellen
Gems - My Mind's Eye
3d Sparkle Snow - Baker Ross

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Craft Your Passion - Tis The Season
Hooked On Crafts - Winter Wonderland
Pollycraft Monday - Christmas Fun
Paper Sundaes - Winter Wonderland
Stamptacular Sunday - Christmas
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle

Thank you for stopping by, I am hoping to be able to make at least one thing a week for a while until I get my hands sorted. I am still awaiting my consultants getting together but I had a head to toe check up yesterday (very intrusive of my personal being lol) and nothing new was found so got to be thankful for that.

Until next time, keep warm.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

A Birthday Card

Good afternoon all. It is a lovely bright day here, great for those of you that are out Christmas shopping which I haven't even thought about starting yet!!

I didn't think I had anything to post but I just remembered I have a few cards that have never been posted and this one was made for my dear friend Karen whose birthday was back in August. Karen is mad on bears and has a cat just like this one.

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Designer Papers - Nitwit Collection
Image - Teddy Bo
Medium - Promarkers
Sentiment - Crafter's Companion Popcorn Bear
Lace, Charm & Dew Drops - Craftmania 
Ribbon - Gift
Border Die - Nelly Snellen.

I am so sorry I have not been around blogland for a while, I am having some health issue's which are making crafting impossible. My hands have swollen so they are not much use for anything really, then there is the constant headaches, those only happen when I can stay awake long enough to be able to do something!! All in all not much use to anyone or anything at the moment.

I am hoping to see another new consultant next week who will be working with my other consultants to try and work out some treatment for me. Here is hoping they can sort something and soon.

Anyhow I just wanted you to know I am visiting when I can but not leaving comments as it takes so long and is a bit painful too so you will have to put up with me just haunting you all for now.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Autumn/Fall Card Sending Smiles

Good afternoon everyone. Sorry I have not posted this week but I have been having problems with my back & legs.

Yesterday was the start of the new Crafty Calendar Challenge but as yet I have not been able to make anything for it however hopefully within the next couple of days I will have a project up for you. The challenge is 'Spooky' and you really don't want to miss out as we are celebrating our 2nd birthday with lots and lots of sponsors.

Now I thought I would give you something to look at whilst I get back to normal (if that is possible lol). I have never made a real Autumn/Fall card before but whilst talking to my friend who has been living in Australia for almost three years now she said the thing she misses the most about our weather is the tree's changing colour and walking through all the crunchy leaves. 

So I designed this mainly in Design Studio last week but added the pumpkins from Cuttin' Up With Class which was cut in SCAL 2. As I couldn't cut this, my hubby did it for me, then I managed to ink all the pieces yesterday whilst sitting up in bed (not a good idea), then I put it together this morning with a little help from hubby holding and passing me things.

Card stock - Cor'dinations & Bazzill
Gems used as screws - Kanban
Embossing - Cuttlebug 'Diamond Plate'
Sentiment - Crafty Sentiments
Charm - Unknown
Ribbon - Candy Prize
Twine - My Crafty Spot
Face Stamp - Peachy Keen 'Funshine Faces'
Cricut - Expression
Cartridges - 
Heritage - Tree 5.25", 
Pooh & Friends - Leaves 1.5"
Everyday Paper Dolls - Wheelbarrow 1.75", Fork 1", Rake 0.75", Grass 1.5", Leaves 1".
SCAL 2 Pumpkins - 2" 

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Fantabulous - Leaves Are Falling
Bitten By The Bug 2 - Walk In My Garden 'Wheelbarrow'
Top Tip Tuesday - 2 Or More Ribbon, Lace, Twine
Ladybug Crafts - Fall 
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Crafting For All Seasons - Fall Colours
Whimsical Wednesday - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Crafty Sentiments New Baby & Crafty Cutter Die Release

Good morning and thanks for stopping by.

Finally today is the day that Crafty Sentiments release the NEW baby images which are really cute and come with some great sentiments as well as their new Crafty Cutter Die Cutting Shape's.

This week we all used different images from the release and for my card I used 'Lucy With Her Rattle' and the 'It's A Girl' sentiment that comes with it. I also used the first to be released 'Vintage Label' die and then the stamped fancy edge is from a set I think that set is called 'Thank You' but I will correct it once I have checked.

Ok our challenge this week is to use 'Banner's' on your creations, now banner's are really popular at the moment and there are a few dies around to use, you can cut one on the Cricut like I did on or each just cut triangle's out by hand. We really don't mind we would just love to see your creations.

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Card Stock - Coredinations
Designer Paper - Craft Creations
Image & Sentiment - Crafty Sentiments 'Lucy With Rattle'
Die Cut Shaped Stamp - Crafty Sentiments 'Thank You'
Medium - Promarkers
Banner - Cricut 'Elegant Edges'
Baby Wording - Plantin Schoolbook
Brush & Lotion Bottle - Everyday Paper Dolls
Twine - My Craft Spot

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
My Mum's Craft Shop - Boys & Girls
Hanna's & Friends - Anything Goes 
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Favourite Colours
Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes
Creatalicious - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - Card For A Child

 I am sorry it is late I forgot to schedule it.  I had a really bad day yesterday and I am struggling to sit up at the moment so will have to edit in small stages!!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Bitten By The Bug 2 Plus Karaoke Boy

Good evening all, thank you for popping by today. 

Here I have my last couple of projects I have made with my Cricut. 

Over at Bitten By The Bug 2 they have two challenges going on and I have combined the two together, I hope that is ok if not please delete my entries.
 The first challenge was to use the cut 'Time 4 Fun' from the Cuttin Up cartridge but I don't have that one so made my own cut using Plantin Schoolbook. The second challenge is to create a project using the word 'Classroom'. Now both of these hard me stuck for a while but then as always I reverted back to my teaching days and made a reward chart.

This works best with young children probably reception year or maybe year 1, this is equivalent to Kindergarten I believe in the U.S. As you can see on the second picture I cut out 30 stars for the number of pupils in the class and the object is that once all the stars have made it onto the chart the children get a free session to do whatever activity they wish for the afternoon.

Classroom, rewards and time 4 fun were cut from Plantin Schoolbook and the books, scissors and glue are from Locker Talk. I actually cut the scissors, glue and books for another project but the person they were for changed her mind so they fitted nicely into this project. 

This is how I love to see the chart, the children can write their initials on the stars if they want to. I have also changed shapes each time it has been filled in the past.

Scrapbook Paper - Sugar Tree 'Steve's Pages SF13'
Card Stock - Bazzill
Cricut - Expression
Border Die - Xcut 'Scallops'
White Pen - Sakura

Other challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Simon Says Stamp - Dies To Die For
Craft Us Crazy - School or End Of Summer

My second project is a simple card for a boy and this is where I struggle with the Cricut because I always think my cards have too much white space lol. I used lots of different embossing folders on this card for texture and interest and all the cuts are from Paper Dolls For Everyday. Maybe one day I will be happy with this type of card. At least they come in handy for my god children's friends!

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Card Stock - Bazzill
Cricut - Expression
Embossing - Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots', 'Tiny Bubbles', 'Houndstooth' & 'Diamond Plate'
Sentiments - Unknown (I won this stamp set ages ago but I can't remember who from if anyone recognises them please let me know so I can give credit)
Twine - My Craft Spot

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
The Crazy Challenge - Men Only
Stamps R Us - Birthday Card
Top Tip Tuesday - For A Child
Celebrate The Occasion - Birthday With Balloons
My Mum's Craft Shop - Boys & Girls

Just before I go I want to remind you all of the upcoming new release from Crafty Sentiments . On Tuesday we will be launching the brand new Crafty Cutter Die as well as the new monthly baby release so you won't want to miss it.

I will be back Tuesday with my project for the new release.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

My Craft Spot Cricut Challenge & A Few Others

Good evening, when I saw the challenge at My Craft Spot of 'Fall Leaves' I knew immediately what I wanted to use. I have admired this frame from Pooh & Friends for ages but never really had reason to cut it and although I have no reason for it yet the challenge was enough to get me started lol. I have not added a sentiment as yet because I don't know who or what I shall use this for yet.

This is a larger than average 7" square card with the frame cut at 6" and tigger cut at 2.75". I was very brave and even inked all the leaves before sticking them down, although I admire this technique on other people's blog's it always frightens me to do it. I do actually love how it turned out though.

Card stock - Bazzill
Cricut - Expression
Cartridge - Pooh & Friends
Ink - Momento 'Rich Cocoa'

Challenges I would like to enter this into:- 
**I was a little unsure on a couple of challenges as I have not used a stamped image if incorrect please accept my apologies and delete, thanks.**
My Craft Spot - Fall Leaves
Whimsical Wednesday - Fall Colours
Cooking With The Cricut - Colours of Autumn
Paper Pretties - Use Fall As Inspiration
Scrapalicious USA - Fall Theme
Crafting For All Seasons - Fall Colours
Delightful Challenges - Happy Fall Y'All
4 Crafty Chicks - Fall or Autumn
Crafts 4 Eternity - Autumn Days
Crafty Catz - Autumn

Just before I go I want to remind you that Tuesday will be the new baby release & the new Crafty Cutter Die release at Crafty Sentiments.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Cricut Halloween

Good morning, the weather is beautiful here today but the question is will it last into the weekend? Probably not is the usual not. Why does that happen we have lovely weather Monday to Friday but come the weekend when most people can get out we have dreadful weather.

Today I bring you the first of three Cricut only projects I have made although I did use stamps for the 'Boo' and the ghost face.
The challenge over at Bitten By The Bug 2 is to use Tags, Bags, Boxes & More to create a 3d project, I do not have this cart so made my own box instead.

I made this coffin treat box and added the little ghost element for a bit of fun and then stamped 'Boo' on the inside, the stamps I used for this I have had since I began crafting and they were still sealed, that is shameful isn't it! I also stamped the ghost's face using my Peachy Keen stamps. The orange trim is something else I have had forever, I picked it up in a charity shop thinking it would come in handy for Halloween but I think this is the first time I have used it.

Card Stock - Bazzill
Stamps - See D's 'Dot to Dot 50504' & Peachy Keen 'Funshine Faces PK-944'
Embossing Ink - Tim Holtz
Embossing Powder - Unknown
Cricut - Expression
Orange Ribbon - Charity Shop

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Bitten By The Bug 2 - TBBM 3d Item
Creative Stamp Friends - Anything But A Card
Use It Tuesdays - Unused Stamps
Cardz TV - Things That Go Bump In The Night
Sketchy Colours - Orange, White & Black 

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge

Good evening and thank you for popping by today.

As I have a few spare days I have decided my Cricut is going to become my friend and not my enemy when it comes to creating cards and projects. I have had my Cricut for nearly two years now and mainly use it to create mats and layers for my stamped image cards unless I am asked for that certain something from a customer or family member. I have seen a lot of lovely projects around blogland which is what has spurred me on and with that said here is my Cricut only card.

Some of you may remember the door plaque I made for my god son's bedroom HERE, well it turns out it is admired by some of his friends and in fact I have made three others for friends of his since. 

With that in mind I went with this card for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge which this week is 'It's A Pirates Life'. I am sure it will get used in due course.

This is a 6" square card, the 'A Pirates Life For Me' sign was a freebie I got from Create With TLC and I think it is just perfect for my card. The skull and cross bones I made myself using SCAL 2 from a clipart image. I used glossy accents on the eye patch, eyes, nose and mouth and then enamel accents for the teeth. Plus I was really brave and edged the pirate sign and sentiment with a black ink pad.

Card stock - Bazzill
Seniment - Computer Generated
Skull & Cross Bones - SCAL 2
Glossy & Enamel Accents - Ranger

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Happy Birthday With A Sprinkle Of Sugar

Good afternoon, I made this card a few days ago and keep forgetting to post it so here it finally is. I have been having a play with some scraps and this cute Sugar Nellie image. I used my Cricut to die cut the scalloped circle.

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Cardstock - Bazzill
Designer Papers - Echo Park 'A Walk In The Park'
Image - Sugar Nellie 'Honey Pip'
Sentiments - Crafter's Companion Popcorn Bear 'Birthday Hugs'
Medium - Promarkers
Button - Echo Park
Twine - Echo Park
Mats & Layers - Cricut 'Elegant Edges' Cartridge

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
The Sugar Bowl - Sketch & Use Scraps
Stamp With Fun - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us - Birthday
By The Cute & Girly - Bright & Beautiful
Ooh La La - Punches & Dies
Anything Goes - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine - Button It Up 
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Dies To Die For
My Mum's Craft Shop - Boys & Girl's
Ruby's Rainbow - For The Girls
Delicious Doodles - Cute As A Button
One Stop Crafts - Girlie
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Birthday Card

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Crafty Sentiments 'Happy Birthday' Challenge

Good morning and welcome to this week's challenge over at Crafty Sentiments Designs which is a nice easy one of 'Happy Birthday'
I have made another of my just in case cards and this one is for a little girl. I think this image is so cute and love to use it with these fun bright colours, perfect for children although I am nearly at the end of this pad and I don't think it is sold any more boohoo. 

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Cardstock - Bazzill
Designer Papers - K & Co 'Sparkly Sweet'
Image - Crafty Sentiments 'Primrose - Blowing Bubbles'
Sentiment - Crafty Sentiments 'Patches & Stitch'
Medium - Promarkers
Flowers - Prima
Pearl Brad - Dovecraft
Border Die - Nellie Snellen 'MFD 023'
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Willow Sketchie Designs - Sketch
Simon Says Stamp - Film or Song Inspired 'I'm forever blowing bubbles'
My Mum's Craft Shop - Happy Birthday
Delightful - Girly Girl
Crafty Emma's - 4 Different Embellies 'Flower, Pearl Brad, Ribbon & Glossy Accents'
Totally Stampalicious - For A Child
Lexi's Creations - For A Child
Top Tip Tuesday - For A Child
Crafting For All Seasons - Birthdays
Whimsical Wednesday - Just Because

That's all from me today, my back is playing up so cannot sit still for too long. Please pop over to the challenge blog and see all the other fabulous creations from the design team.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Beary Hugs For You

Good afternoon. I just wanted to show you a card I made today to add to my just in case pile, you see I have these children that appear in my craft room on the lookout for a card for their friend's whose birthday is that day and they have forgotten!! 
I made another of the ribbon flowers I made before and have to say I really like them.

I don't normally show you the inside but as I saw a couple of challenges wanting it here it is.

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Cardstock - Bazzill
Designer Papers - Prima 'Annalee'
Image - Belles 'n' Whistles 'Beary Hugs'
Sentiments - Crafter's Companion Popcorn Bear 'Birthday Hugs'
Medium - Promarkers
Pearls - Kanban
Ribbon - Panda Ribbons
Button - Stash
Twine - My Craft Spot 'Pink Sorbet'
Mats & Layers - Cricut 'Elegant Edges' Cartridge

Elphine House - Beary Cuddles
The Crazy Challenge - Birthday's
Lothian Crafts - Handmade Flowers
Cupcake Cards & Crafts - Pink & Green
Passion For Promarkers - Beary Special
Truly Scrumptious - Decorate The Inside
Crafty Purple Frog - Birthdays
Craft Your Day's Away - Handmade Flowers
Paper Sundae's - Decorate The inside

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Crafty Sentiments New Manga Digital Release & 'Spots & Stripes' Challenge

Good morning and welcome to this week's Crafty Sentiments Challenge which is 'Spots & Stripes' but this week is a little different as we are also showcasing our NEW Manga Digital Range which goes on sale today HERE.

As you may remember I had to unfortunately miss out on last week's challenge due to being away so this week I have two cards for you! My first card features Jack - 'Let's Go Out'. I think this image is perfect for teenage boys, Jack looks very trendy and stylish with his smart clothes and mobile phone attached to his ear, isn't that the way all teenagers look these days!

Jack Supplies:-
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Designer Papers - Summer Driggs 'Falling For Fall'
Image - Crafty Sentiments 'Jack Let's Go Out'
Medium - Promarkers
Border Punch - Nellie Snellen 'MFD 023'
Twine - My Craft Spot
Pearls - Kanban

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Carly's Sketches - Sketch
C.R.A.F.T - Children
Card Makin' Mama's - Use A Digi
Totally Gorgeous - It's A Boy Thing
St Luke's Charity - 1 Patterned Paper, 2 Pearls, 3 Punches & 4 String
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - For A Teenager
Creative Stamp Friends - For A Man/Boy

For my second card I used Sally - 'Going Out' and again this image is another that could be used for the older child. I really love these new Nitwit papers and I chose to cut the doily from the heart piece to match the hearts on Sally's top and hair clip.

Sally Supplies:-

Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Designer Papers - Nitwit Collections 'Pink Swear Kit'
Image - Crafty Sentiments 'Sally Going Out'
Medium - Promarkers
Doliy & Flower Die - Marianne Creatables 'LR0130'
Swirls - Spellbinders 'Floral Accent'
Heart Gems - Unknown

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
Willow Designs - Sketch
Card Mad Fairy - Use Flowers
Allsorts - Flowers & Swirls
I Did It - Anything Goes

Just before I go I wanted to let you know that Crafty Sentiments are going to be having their own Die Range, here is a sneaky peak of the first one that is available on pre-order now over at the Crafty Sentiments Store.

That's all from me for now but please don't forget to pop by the challenge blog and see all the other images and creations made by my fellow team mates.