Sunday, 31 July 2011

Three wise men

I thought id show you a bit of a different Christmas card. This is using a penny black stamp.

I used Mountain Meadow Big n Juicy pad for the image and then added extra colour using a sponge.
The rich looking foiled card is from the Hunkydory Baroque range, available separately at Inspirations.

Thanks for looking!

Some challenges

Class Act Insider Must stamp Christmas
Crafty Catz Christmas in July
Fussy and Fancy Christmas in July
Sew Many Cards Anything
Stampin For The Weekend Four legs (camels)
Crafty Creations Christmas
Creative Belli Christmas
Paper Pretties No markers
Papercraft Star Anything goes

Friday, 29 July 2011

What a night!

Well last night was totally awsome! Me and Stevie went to see Iron Maiden in Manchester. Airborne was the supporting act, they are great but not as good live as the mighty Maiden!  I cant believe Bruce Dickinson's voice has not suffered at all- they have done about 70 shows for this tour!  And i think Steve Harris has sold his soul to the devil in return for eternal youth, he just doesnt seem to age.
The pics are not too good because of the lights and stuff, and its only my phone camera.

 The huge Eddie came up from behind the set, he had red glowing eyes and moved and everything!
 I couldnt get a decent pic of Bruce! grrrr

I think Stevie might have enjoyed himself a bit!!

 And while we waited in the car for the traffic to clear a little.....

Right, fun over, back to being a boring old mum again!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Another Penny Black, and a hot date-not for me!

Another week is flying past at breakneck speed! Wednesday, so its the big day for Steve's date with his young lady, why is an 11 year old getting more romance than me???  The plan is for Grandad to take them to Mc Donalds and then shopping for a birthday present, if your wondering why its not me thats taking them, its quite straight forward- I dont have a brand new car like Grandad and therefore my little 55 Corsa would embarrass my son!!!!
To be fair though, he has made more effort than most men-none of that 'spray a bit of deodorant over the sweaty armpits' mallarky! he is showered (and face shaved, did i mention he is 11!!!!!!) and the house is whiffing quite heavily of lynx already!

I still havent got a huge amount of stuff to show you as im still working on secret stuff, but here is another card made with the Penny Black crossword stamp-but without the crossword!

The Sentiment as also a PB. I coloured with pencils. The lurrrvly white embossed card is from Cardcraft Plus, in other colours too. All layered up for nice dimension.

Thanks for looking!

Some challenges
Die Cut Dreams 4 legged animals
Make it Monday Anything
Stamps R Us Happy Birthday
Sentimental Sundays  Sentimental
2 Sisters Anything

Monday, 25 July 2011

Time for a Maggy

I know i have been a bit slack again lately, but to be fair i have been really busy making stuff that i cant show you, I can however show you a Maggy!

The paper is Pink Petticoat. The punch is a Martha. I coloured with Copics and a prisma pencil. I distressed the edges of image with Weathered Wood.

Some challenges

Make it Monday Anything
Magnolia Stamp Lovers Summer colours
Totally Gorjuss Punch or die-cut
Stamp Man Anything Tim H, Weathered Wood ink pad

Saturday, 23 July 2011

I have been busy, its just a bit blurred now!

I really had to think hard about what I have done all week because its just flown by in a bit of a blur! I think, Monday was spent recovering from the weekend and watched Steve's leavers assembly, Tuesday i had a stamping class, Wednesday i was at Ideal World, Thursday- i honestly cant remember! Friday i was working on the next HD project magazine.
Which brings us to today, apart from a quick tidy, feed the bunnies, put the washer on, i havent done a tap!
Got to get in gear soon though, the kids are home any minute and i have tons of DT cards to make.

I better show you a card as i have not posted one all week.
This is using a Penny Black stamp and some Bo Bunny paper.

Coloured with Watercolour pencils, distressed with Black Soot, and a drop of glossy accents on each letter.

Some challenges
Crafty Catz No pink or Blue
Paper Cutz Anything goes
Stamp Something Embellish
Stampin For The Weekend Anything 4 legged
Totally Papercrafts For the boys
Crafting for all Seasons Furry friends
Fab 'n' Funky Animals
Creative Card Crew Animals
Jac-Inks Papercraft Challenges Mono


Monday, 18 July 2011

Planned meets Impromptu-what a weekend!

I just had to tell you about my weekend-it was great!
The planned part was taking Stevie to see Judas Priest on Saturday night, its been organised for months but I have not been able to blog about it because it was a surprise, and yes he was surprised! It was a fantastic night,worth every penny!
Rival Sons opened the show followed by Queensryche, then while AC/DC played in the background there was clearly a ton of people behind the curtain setting up for the main attraction..... And then the 'Epitath' curtain flew open and lasers, lights and flames went crazy and the whole place erupted!!!!
The gig bug has definitely bitten Stevie, "We need to start a list of bands we want to see dont we mum"  Luckily he doesnt have long to wait for the next one, I have tickets for Iron Maiden on the 28th!

The impromptu part was Doncaster Racecourse, I decided a few days ago I would go because I have never been to any of the shows apart from the Happy Stampers in Port Sunny, which is 5 minutes from home!
Anyway, I hot footed around to see my lovely friend Barbara on the Claritystamp stall and ended up lending a hand, the whole gang (Barb,Grace,Elaine,Annette,Heather & Dave) worked soooo hard!  Barb then terrified the life out of me by saying " Do me a favour? take over for me so I can grab a quick break? "   Can you believe it-me standing in for The Actual Queen of Inkyness !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I did, and the people didnt even pelt me with rotten tomatoes, actually they were all lovely! At one point I looked up and spotted two familiar smiling faces-Paul Church and Barbara standing at the back of the crowd watching me, luckily my demo went ok!!
What a fantastic experience, thank you so much Barbara and the gang. Thank you also to all the people who stopped to talk to me about my crafty work- Stamping and Hunkydory! And I definitely have to say thanks to Paul for the delicious Brownies!!

I didnt get photos at Doncaster, but I did manage a couple at the gig!

Queensryche were seriously good, never paid them much attention in the past-shame on me!

The wait for Judas Priest was undescribable,as soon as the Epitath curtain lit up the atmosphere in the crowd was electric!

I think this speaks for itself!

Rob was dressed in a shiny gold cloak here with a matching trident, looked fantastic!

 The noise when he rode the bike on was LOUD!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Sassy Skater Chick

Im a bit late today,soooooorry! Id like to tell you I have a good excuse but to be honest, I've just been a lazy wench most of the day. Anyway better late than never, so here is the Skater chick from Sassy Studio Designs ( I miss those girls since I left the team).

I coloured with Copics and inked with Spun Sugar & Tumbled Glass distress inks.

The little stars were on the corner of a text stamp so I masked them off.  The sentiment tickets are a Pink Gem stamp

Check out the luuuurvly rainbow shimmer too, from Cardcraft Plus.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Almost white Magnolia!

I thought I would show you another Magnolia card today as I have been colouring again, actually i have been naughty and bought 72 more copics at work yesterday- I neeeeeeeded them.

I used some of the lovely bits of white and pale blue Hunkydory embossed card that were sat on my desk leftover from work, the sentiment is also a Hunkydory, as is the rainbow shimmer mirri- I stocked up on this beofre it sells out!.
The edge punch is an EK Success.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges Die cuts plus texture
Partytime Tuesdays Blue skies and party days
Crazy Challenge Summertime
iCopic Challenge Birthdays
One Stitch At A Time  Anything goes
One Stop Craft Summertime
Totally Gorjuss Summertime

Monday, 11 July 2011

A little help with the box card.

This is for anybody who is unsure about putting the 'Twas the Night' box card together.  I didnt have everything at hand because I am not at work today,so i had to dig around the mountain of leftovers on my desk at home, but I found enough to show you how to do it!

Put double sided tape around aperture, for Acetate, and on left side panel for image & decoupage.

Put high tack tape around 3 sided as below

Attach your image panel and Acetate as below( I didnt have any Acetate,so just pretend i did!!)

Trim about 1cm from the outside edges of your decoupage layers, so they dont get in the way when you put box together, as below (i could only find 1 piece!) attach all layers using pads/pinflair.

Crease all score lines. Remove high tack tape from ONE of the 3 sides and square up the corner of your box frame as below, I know it looks kak-handed in picture-it was one handed because the other hand was taking the picture!! lol

With your corner nice and flush close the frame over the image panel on this side.

Remove the tape and close the second side making sure it is flush, now the final side should just slot inside as if you are closing a box, just keep the sticky away from the inside until you are happy it is nice and flush.

Final tip, I recommend you use both hands for yours!!

A forgotten Magnolia!

How rude of me!  I have had this image sat around for ages hidden under the mountain on my desk, lovely Mel Heaton let me rifle through her Magnolia stamp collection so i stamped a nice selection but just seem to busy most of the time to use them and then i forget about them!

I coloured with Copics, distressed with Milled Lavender. Paper is from Dovecraft and Punch is an EK.

I would like to enter this into the Magnolia Stamp Lovers Flower Challenge
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Black & White Peace Dove

This is a 6x6 card using Clarity stamps, Peace Dove and Christmas text corner.  I have done tons of Christmas cards but up until now had resisted the urge to do a completely Black/White one, I couldnt fight it anymore!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Pesky Teenage Girl!

Dont know about you but this was definitely me as a teenager, dodgy hair colours, shocking clothes and those awful boots! It was fun at the time though.

This is a digi image i coloured with Promarkers and a Prisma pencil, the papers are from Dovecraft, the edge punch is a Martha Stewart.

Some suitable challenges
Divas by Design Die cuts/Punches
I Love Promarkers Clean & simple
Paper Take Weekly Anything, buttons optional
Partytime Tuesdays Square cards

Friday, 8 July 2011

I keep forgetting to tell you about a bargain!

I meant to tell you last week, but kept forgetting cos I was mega busy! All Spellbinders are on offer at Cardcraft Plus at £16.75 a set for the whole of July, I have of course been stocking up!  Its also worth knowing that if you attend a workshop at Inspirations you get a further 10% off (anything you buy on the day) making Spellbinders approx £15.08 a set!!!!
There are some other nice goodies in the new catalogue supplement.
For more details click the link on the right sidebar, over there somewhere ----------->

Twas the night before Christmas Day 3

This is the final day (for now) of the Twas the night before Christmas blog posts. Its now time for me to start teasing you about the fact Anne-Marie will be bringing you another Pick of the Day to your TV screens on Tuedsay, but I cant tell you wha it is-but you will love it!

This is a 6x6 card

This is an A4 card

Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow for something different!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Pastel Clarity Calligraphy Trees


I love these trees, im not surprised they sold out on Sunday! I used Milled Lavender Distress ink for this.

See you tomorrow for some more Twas the Night ideas!

I spotted a challenge perfect for this mono card!
Christmas Inspirations  Christmas, Tones of 1 colour only

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Twas the night before Christmas Day 2

Here are 3 more ideas for your Hunkydory Twas the night before Christmas kit.

This is an 8x8 using one of the little shaped easel cards as a gift card holder.

This is a DL using a strip of backing paper, a sentiment, and a piece of decoupage.

This is an 8x8 using the waste shape from the story book, and one of the scroll toppers.

Thanks for looking, another inky card tomorrow!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

What a Star!

As promised here is another Clarity card

I wanted to do something simple with this so not to take attention from the Star, so I have just decoupaged and glittered with Diamond Sparkles.

The text is also highlighted with glitter.

Hope you like it!
Tomorrow is day 2 of Hunkydory Twas the night before Christmas, come back and have a look.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Twas the night before Christmas Day 1

Have your kits started to arrive yet? time for some reminders of what you can make then! You can also catch me on Create & Craft today too, 8am, Paper Clinic at 11am and then 3pm.

This is an 8x8, using some snowy acetate,mirri, foiled card, starry night backing paper, and a layer of decoupage cut in two.

A DL card using an offcut from an A4 foiled card blank, a sentiment, couple of snowflake embellies,some mirri, and a layer me up panel.

This is an A4 card using the waste from a tryptic topper to make the window, a bit of Acetate, a starry night backing paper, foiled card and mirri.

Come back tomorrow for an 'inky' card.