Thursday 30 April 2009

Back for a night!

My wonderful husband has managed to get me hooked up to the internet for a night. It is still chaos here, dust and plaster everywhere and most of my stash is in boxes so these cards are very simple I am afraid. Jayne (Serendipidy) has been texting me the themes so I can work on the cards as and when I can, I have currently pinched the kitchen table.

So here are the cards sorry they are all on one post but it will be easier I think for you all! They also include my first attempts at distresses inks so feedback will be fantastic if you are able. I will visit all your blogs as soon as I am able, miss you all lots xxxx

Saturday Crafter - theme via Jane Carroll on facebook as shaped cards.
This is my first attempt at distressed inks, I used milled lavender. It is very simple card stock, prima flowers and lace and gems. The backing paper inside the card is a chinese papermania in lavender. The image is WOJ.
Whiff of Joy - Stars and Stripes - theme from Jayne via text.
This is my Oakley in distressed inks. The backing papers are basic grey archaic. The stars are blue brads and the stripes are in the papers. I have borrowed Janes nesties (labels 1 and 2) for a few weeks so they are hers that crop up in the cards.
Cute Card Thursday - Mirror image - something shiny - via text from Jayne.
This does shine honest! Papers are basic card stock in pink and gold and the gorgeous sheet is from the once upon a time papers from DCWV. Prima hydranga's, brads and spacers and gems all shine as does the image coloured in twinkling H2O's.
Spoonful of Sugar - Blue and Green - via text from Jayne.
I hope you like this. I have since added leaves to the flower - but the light is too dark to take a photo. That is the problem when all your stash is in boxes! The papers are basic grey - boxer I think, the ribbon and flower and spacer are stash and the image has been watercoloured with pencils.

ABC L is for

List. This week on ABC there is a shopping list of items we wish you to use on your card or project. It is nice and simply, 1 ribbon, 3 flowers, 6 brads. This is my take on this theme. I have kept it very simple in layout as I wanted to use quite large flowers. I hope that you like it.
recipe -
image - sugar nellie - strawberry tea
papers - basic grey - eva
brads - large pearl - k and co, dragon fly - stash - round brads - papermania
ribbon - stash
charm - stash
flowers - prima
medium - watercoloured

Friday 24 April 2009

Will be going AWOL for a bit

The builder has just been round and they satrt work on monday to rectify a lintle that has failed in the new extension and guess where the window is - that is right behind my craft desk. All my lovely stash is to be boxed up and put into storage tonight sob sob sob and also my computer will have to be moved too so I cannot even blog - OMG how will I cope?

To try and carm me down my wonderful husband has brought me 10 distressed ink pads to play with and Jane and Helen have sent me some images so I can keep these out to play with. I am out of stamping card so I can't even quickly stamp up any stamps I have before they go in the boxes and get hidden away - sob sob sob.

The builder has said a week to ten days but it could be longer you know what builders are like and then there is the dust to clean as the front of the extension is to be removed and propped and will need to be replastered etc with a new window.

I am going to ask someone to guest design on ABC to cover me while I am not around.

Please, please don't forget me...............................

Thursday 23 April 2009

Distressed Inks Question

Could someone please tell me which of the distressed inks it is best to buy first. My watercolour pencils keep breaking now i have sharpened them lots so thinking of replacing with inks but wondered the following

  • what colour for faces
  • what colour works best for hair
  • best pink, blue and green to begin with.

thanks for your help.

Wednesday 22 April 2009

Tilda and friends ATC Challenge

I have not entered this challenge for about 6 months, but as my crafting time is very short at the moment (lots of spots) an ATC appealled to me in the short time I had while one was at nursery and the other slept (after doing shopping, housework etc).
It is very simple but I hope that you like it.
recipe -
basic red cardstock
image - hanglar rak of Heidi
ribbon - stash
charm - stash
eyelets - stash
pearls - stash
medium - watercoloured

ABC K is for

Keep it simple. I choose to use this sugar nellie stamp as although I love her I find she is very big and will dominate a card - and I like to normally add flowers and multipapers. I have slightly distresses the edges with a gold ink pad and then just added 6 pearls in the corners to give it a bit of bling. Do check out the other design team memers take on this theme.
recipe -
image - sugar nellie - birdhouse
papers - K and Co - basic grey
pearls - stash
medium - watercoloured

Monday 20 April 2009

Henry has measles!

Sorry to everyone if I don't get chance to comment on your posts for a few days but my little boy Henry has got measles as a result of having his MMR injection 10 days ago. The Doctor says not contagious due to strain but he is covered in spots and not very well. Luckily Edward can go to nursery tomorrow due to the strain so I may get some crafting done but I cannot promise.

Sunday 19 April 2009

Penny Black Saturday - Sketch

This is a fantastic sketch and just the inspiration I needed to make this card for my brother in laws birthday today. I have kept it simple as the papers are rather busy - but I think it works really well.
recipe -
image - penny black - field of dreams
paper - basic grey offbeat
card - stash
brads - stash
peel off - stash
medium - promarkers

How generous is Katharina?

She is offering 2 lucky bloggers the chance of winning the new summer kit. I am dropping major hints to my husband about this as I really want them! Just click on this link to be able to enter the candy or the link on my sidebar for the shop x

Saturday 18 April 2009

Sketch and Stash

I am actually managing to finish off cards I started earlier in the week before you die of shock at all my postings today. This card has been made using the following new stash -

  • K and Co Brianna Pad
  • Fiskars scallopped lace punch
  • green sticky gems
  • hot of the press silver dragonfly brad

I hope you like it.

recipe -

  • image - sugar nellie - girl with flower - rak of Cathy
  • papers - k and co brianna
  • gems - stash
  • brad - stash
  • flowers - prima
  • medium - watercoloured and ink doodles

WOJ Black and White

This card has been kept very simple as my friend sadly lost her mother yesterday and I wanted the card to not be fussy at all (I have not even glittered the wings as per normal). I have coloured the image in promarkers and have used my new scalloped lace border punch. The ribbon is from a box of chocolates we received at christmas that I immediately put into stash. The flash of colour allowed is on the flowers - I hope that grey is accepted as part of thecolour spectrum as the paper is black with white flecks. I hope you and she will like it.
receipe -
Image - WOJ Melinda with book
papers - basic card stash
ribbon - stash
flowers - lilies - stash
medium - promarkers

A 3 in 1 card

This card was made for the following challenges -

  • Just Magnolia - sketch
  • Magnolia down under - sepia
  • Cute Card Thursday - flowers

I am very happy with this card and it looks better in reality I promise you. Tilda has been watercoloured and cut out using my labels small nesties. The papers are a new K and Co, Basic Grey range and are lush and the writting circle is from an older K and Co pad. I have fauxed stitched the papers. I hope you like it.

recipe -

image - Tilda reading rak of Becky

papers - K and co - basic grey

flowers - hero arts and prima

spacer - eggstravaganza

ribbon - stash

brads - stash

leaves - punch

sentiment - stash

medium - watercolour - glitterglue for wings- ink for stitching

Thursday 16 April 2009

Spoonful of sugar meets friday sketchers

A double entry again for me as with Edward being on holidays and Paul at home my crafting time is less than normal. I did however find a fantastic new craft shop called Sunrise crafts and brought loads of little goodies, some of which I will have to keep for sketch and stash others my will power will give in before then!
receipe -
image - Hanglar rak of Heidi
papers - basic grey - two scoops
lace - stash
brad - k and co from sunrise crafts
flowers - prima
leaves- punch
spacer - eggstravaganza
pearls - stash
sentiment - stash
medium - watercoloured then edged with promarker warm grey1, glitter glue for wings

Wednesday 15 April 2009

2 Award

I have been lucky enough to receive these two awards from Helen and Helen. It has really cheered me up as I have not received any awards for a long long time.

The Heartsmile award is to be awarded to your top 10 blogs you regularily visit. Here goes in no particular order, and sorry if you have received this award more than once as I am not checking before posting the links.
  1. Cathy
  2. Jane
  3. Alison
  4. Heidi
  5. Bev
  6. Jacqui
  7. Claire
  8. Becky
  9. Kim
  10. Fran

The Elves is for the top 5 so please accept this award as well as the others. Sorry to all the others I visit but I just took the first 10 that I have visited today.

ABC - J is for

Jagged! As this is a scheduled post I don't want the title to appear on a feed and give the game away!

I finally think my mojo maybe returning. After being ill over the bank holiday weekend - food poisoning - not fun at all, I managed to catch up with a few cards on monday. The weather was nice so after a lovely day out at RAF Cosford my husband took the boys to the park to wear them out!
This fab image is a rak of Heidi and was a delight to colour (I have been keeping it for a special card) and my blending and highlighting on the leaves has made me very happy at how well it has worked. I have distressed my jagged edges and worked in a bronze ink pad. I had the novel idea to add staples - well it seemed a good idea when I thought of it in the middle of the night and it kinda works, as does the eyelet through the centre of the flower instead of a brad (the flower has been distressed to!) I hope you like it!
recipe -
Image - rak of Heidi
Papers - basic grey - two scoops
flower - prima
ribbon - stash
staples - pinched out of husbands desk
eyelets - stash
medium - watercoloured and glitterglue

Sunday 12 April 2009

Whiff of Joy - Sketch

Cathy will be proud of me I really went to town (well for me) with the distressing and I think it really works and I went out of my comfort zone with Blue and Brown a colour scheme I usually hide away from.
I hope you like it.
Recipe -
Image - WOJ - Spring Kit rak of Jane (pretty please can I have some more please)
papers - basic grey - granola
ribbon - stash
lace - hobbycraft
eyelets - stash
gems - stash
flowers - prima
medium - watercolours and distressing tool and bronze ink pad

Thursday 9 April 2009

jacqui's blog candy

It is messy rabbits and is lush - you are meant to post a picture link but I can't understand how to do it - sorry Jacqui xxx - link on my friends list

Wednesday 8 April 2009

ABC I is for Inside

outside above, inside below

Well it didn't quite work out as I had imagined! As you all know I have not been very well so I think that has something to do with it.
receipe -
image - sugar nellie - a partridge in a pear tree
papers - anita blue christmas
snowflakes - stash
medium - watercoloured

Tuesday 7 April 2009

Spoonful of sugar meets Saturday Secret Crafter and Ed's Easter Hat for Lili of the Valley

Hi everyone - waves. I think I maybe turning the corner. I have seen a brill doctor today and we just wait on the remaining results and scan but it looks like no long term damage at this stage so happy. I have managed to finish this card I have been working on and it fits two challenges - spoonful of sugar numbers and secret crafter stripes. The papers are a mixture of basic grey scraps of pads I had on my desk. All faux stitched and the flowers added are prima.
receipe -
image - sugar nellie - ropeswing rak of cathy
papers - basic grey
flowers - prima
pearls - stash
number - stash
ribbon - stash
eyelets - papermania
medium - watercolour
This is Edwards Easter entry for lili of the valley.

Sunday 5 April 2009

An Apology

I am so so sorry I have visited no blogs since my last post. I have today got now all three of my boys ill in bed. For two days now the eldest Edward has either been in bed or curled up next to me or on me. Little Henry is coming down with it too and my husband has a horrendous temperature and is shaking and tucked up in bed watching the rugby league. I have tried to do a card but as I am being continually yelled or called away it doesn't look right and at this rate the challenge will have finished before it is done!
I will try and catch up as and when
hugs x

Wednesday 1 April 2009

Candy Winners

Tomorrow I will have been blogging a year. As a thank you to my visitors I have put everyones name into a hat per comment left since I mentioned candy and the boys earlier choose the following names -

Moni, Claire (CraftyC) and Maria (MariaMatter).

If you email me at I will get your small prize of a pad of paper off to each of you.

hugs x

Sugar Bowl - Spring

I decided to go for the spring option as this beautiful Elizabeth Bell Stamp looks like she is out hunting eggs on a windy easter sunday. I have watercoloured her and I think she looks stunning. I hope you like it.

receipe -
image - Sugar Nellie - Windswept
papers - Basic Grey - Porceline
pearls - stash
flowers - prima
brad - stash
spacer - eggstravaganza
medium - watercolured

Spoonful of Sugar Sketch

A lovely sketch to follow that made good use of my eyelets! A quick card I am afraid hope you like it.
receipe -
Image - WOJ Melinda with Book - may glitter wings at a later date
Papers - Basic Grey 2 scoops
ribbon - stash
eyelets - papermania
flowers - hobbycraft
medium - watercoloured

ABC H is for Hearts

Here is my Design Team creation for ABC this week where the theme is H is for Hearts. I have decided to distress the card as have brought a distressing tool to play with. The image is a penny black I have had for a while but rarely stamp up. I have coloured in pro-markers and paperpierced the heart balloons. I have treaded ribbon using eyelets to the card too. I hope you like it.
recipe -
image - penny black - hedgehog kisses
paper - basic grey - two scoops
flowers - prima, hobbycraft
ribbon - stash
eyelets - papermania
medium - promarkers and paper piercing