Sunday, 19 June 2011

It's Sunday and I have tomorrow off work!

Oh well that didn't work well . . . I had schedule this post only to find that I hadn't put in the correct time . . whoopsie!

Well it's Sunday and that can only mean one thing - Stamptacular Challenge Day! This week’s challenge is going to be so much fun and we can’t wait to see what you create! This week's challenge is called…

“Fun In The Sun!”
For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project that has something to do with having fun in the sun! What do you associate with summer, sun and fun? Let your creative skills roam! Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing!There are 2 great prizes to be won this week as well and our sponsors are The Stamping Boutique and Teddy Bo.
I have tried to create a "sea theme" for my card using my much neglected Stampin Up fishes wheel and also a fab sketch from Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS). It's been an age since I played along with ICS and I shall have to change this as I adore Dawn's sketches.

Stampin Up: fishes wheel (large)
Vellum, card & papers from stash
Dew Drops: Polka Doodles
Sentiment: ?
Stones from my garden
Twine from stash
Card Blank: 6" x 6"

I have stamped (using the wheel) on various papers ; vellum (2 different colours), linen paper and  plain, cheap copier paper. I then embossed the fishes with clear enbossing powder. Each layer has been torn and then layered to give a waves effect. I created a back panel to mount my waves onto and made a lickle boat using up paper scraps. The greeting was found whilst blogging but where I have played around with it in paint, I have lost the name of the kind person who created it . . . if anyone can help with the name, I would be grateful so that I can give them proper credit. Most edges have been either inked or chalked.


As a finishing touch, I stamped onto green paper with white and then cut out some swirls to look like seaweed. A bit of twine along the bottom to hide my gluing and then I went into the garden to find some lickle stones to add to the bottom of my seaweed. The seaweed was finished with some Dew Drops.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Rainbow Lady - theme is "I am sailing"
Crafting for all seasons - theme is "summer"
A Spoon Full of Sugar - splish splash
Shopping our Stash - SOS challenge - I have used Stampin Up fishy wheel, Ocean themed card and finally Seaweed . . . although there are some lickle seagulls as well!
Sweet Stamps - embossing
Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS) - sketch
Crazy for Challenges - add twine, string etc
Paper Play - at the beach

Well off to celebrate Father's Day with hubby and the lads . . . all you can eat Chinese on the cards which should make them very happy!

Lou
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Friday, 17 June 2011

Polka Doodles Friday

Yet another week whizzes by and I don't know where the time has gone. I am struggling to keep up with things this week and am so behind it's unreal . . .  need to send a few apologies out to certain peeps as I just couldn't finish some of my projects. OK enough of my woes, here are the winners from the Polka Doodles blog hop:

1st Prize: A sprinkle of Craft CD plus stamped images from the Wonderland set

The following people have won a selection of stamped images (plus a few extras):
Steph from The Apple Tree
Rose from Woolly Crafts
Sally from Sallys Bitz

Congratulations to everyone and if you could email, I will get your goodies off to you. Thanks everyone for joining in with the unusual Polka Doodles Blog Hop and we hope you had fun.

Now this week, Emma set the challenge over at Polka Doodles and wanted us to make something that was "all of a flutter". I used the georgeous butterfly image from the Fairy Flutterby Babsie stamp set which I have stamped 3 times, coloured lightly with Glimmer Mist (gold), smoothered in Crystal Lacquer and then layered all the bits up to create my butterfly.I used my Stampin Up punches to create the decorative edges. My card was finished with a delicious big bloom from Wild Orchard Crafts.




A very simple card which helped me use up loads of my scraps which I desperately needed to do . . . believe me. I'm starting to multiply scrap boxes similar to having a "rabbit outbreak" !!! I even used up some small ribbon bits I ave been too tight to throw away too!

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Delicious Doodles - Things that flutter
Totally Papercrafts - diecuts or punches

Well gotta go and wrestle now with Mr Blogger to get my other scheduled posts to work . . . wish me luck,

Lou
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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Tempting templates . .

. . . is the challenge over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week. The DT would like everyone to dust off their templates and this could be a card template (ie swing card, stepper etc), shaped or number album templates, boxes, bags or gifts . . . the list goes on and on. However we had a secret weapon this week as the DT were given some great templates to play with from Creations by AR. I chose the "isn't she lovely" card template as my inspiration.

 
Well here is my first attempt and I've made a straight forward pretty dress using the gorgeous Perfect Papers from Pink Petticoat finished with some soft bias ribbon & liquid pearls. This card was so quick and easy to make; just under 30 minutes and the longest part was pleating the paper!


I have also added 3 different inserts in white, pale pink and pink to make it look the dress has loads of petticoats! Now this dress was so quick, I had an idea to make a different card using the same template and acetate. This is what I came up with . . .


I made an acetate base card and placed the dress over the top so that it stands proud. If you  look really, really, really closely in the photo you can just about see the acetate card base . . . ! I then embossed gold and white paper, some white vellum (with my Swiss Dots folder) as I wanted some texture to my card layers and to make the wedding dress. Now Adela (owner of Creations by AR) was telling me off (very nicely) for not using my Craftrobo, so I dusted it off and cut out the "Just Married" wording, the bubble thing they are placed inside and the hearts.


I pleated my wedding dress to give the impression of volume and stuck it down to my dress card base. I have covered my gluing with ribbon, a paper rose and a crystal. Loads of mini roses and crystals later and my card is finished. I also decorated the inside of my card to hide the glue but that does not show very well in this side photo . . .


I am entering my 1st card into the following challenges:
Paper Sundaes - girly girl
Hooked on Craft Challenges - anything goes
The Shabby Tea Room - colour inspiration
Crafty Creations - "dress up"

I am entering my 2nd card into the following challenges:
Die Cuttin Divas - wedding bliss
Sweet Stamps - embossing
Hooked on craft challenges - anything goes
ABC Challenge - wedding

Sunday, 12 June 2011

For the men!

I have struggled this week with Blogger and just can't seem to get it to upload my photo's. It kept saying "timed out" all the time. I know it's Mr Blogger because I checked my Internet connection and computer . . . they are working "a ok". Anyhow after much dithering, swearing and frustration from me, I remembered that I had a photobucket account !!! Why oh why didn't I remember this a week ago !?! So after a little renewing, I have uploaded my photos there and can now get on with my DT duties. 

So without further ado . . . . this week’s challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is going to be so much fun! We can’t wait to see what you create! This week's challenge is a… “DADS or GRADS!”

For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project for either a special DAD or a special GRAD! The possibilities are ENDLESS! Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing! This week's fabulous prizes donated by: MY FAVORITE THINGS

Well here is my card. I have used a lot of HOTP car elements on my card (acetate overlay, sentiments and map) but the fab checkered flags and background have been stamped, inked and chalked. The stamp is part of the Wonderland Set from Polka Doodles. I have deliberately left the red panel blank, as I'm not sure if I will put "Dad" or "Grandad" in here yet. Being me, had to add embellishments so have used some brads and grommets. I also got out my glossy accents and used it on the acetate to add a further dimension and also on the arrows.

With the left over bits  . . . HOTP stuff and my checkered stamping, I made another card but this time it is for a birthday rather than a Father's Day. I used similar techniques to the above card but for a change stamped the checkered design onto blinds! We recently had vertical blinds fitted and I kept the bits that were trimmed off as I thought I might have a use for them one day! Love how the checkered design is more subtle in the card below.


I've just decided that I have a real thing for bunting at the moment . . .!

I am also entering the following challenges:
Crazy for Challenges - masculine card(s)
One Stop Craft - Father's Day
Word Play Weekend - birthday (my 2nd card is a birthday card)
Delicious Doodles - Father's Day

Well gotta dash as I can no longer put off the house work or either the ironing. However I have a penniless student at home at the moment who is willing to do chores (obviously for money) who I might convince to do the ironing !!! He cleaned my oven and hob for me yesterday so might just take up my offer!

Lou
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Friday, 10 June 2011

No:1 Dad

Well it's Friday and this week has flown by for me although I am struggling to see how and why it did!?! I hope it's not an old age thing creeping up too quickly but you never know.

This on the Polka Doodles Challenge blog we were asked to make something for Dad. So this is my 1st of many cards I need to make with Fathers Day looming . . . ooohhh should add that I don't have loads of Dad's but have been asked to make loads of different Dad themed cards . . . phew my Mum will now breathe a sigh of relief! I have used the fab Polkadoodles Father/Family download and love the backing papers as there are so versatile. Simple mat and layering techniques from me this week (nothing fancy), hand cut stars, punched hearts, some buttons and twine. The "Dad"was made using up old Letraset rub on letters.


Don't forget the POLKA DOODLES BLOG HOP doesn't end until SUNDAY, so you still have time to enter. All the details can be found at the top of my blog.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:


C.R.A.F.T - Father's Day
Craft Us Crazy - male themed
Paper Play - Father's Day
Sisterhood of Crafters - Celebrating Dad
Delicious Doodles - Father's Day

Have a great Friday and up and coming weekend everyone,

Lou
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Sunday, 5 June 2011

It's all about the colour . . .

Phew what a week and so glad another one starts tomorrow! I definitely needed a wee little crafting session and was so pleased to realise that this week at Stamptacular Challenges we were being allowed to play with an Elizabeth Bell image . . . so set about making my DT card.


This week's challenge is a…
                “COLOUR CHALLENGE!”

For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project using ONLY the colours shown in the photo above (BLACK, HOT PINK, TAN, and WHITE)! NO OTHER COLOURS ALLOWED! Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing! We have 2 prizes this week and you are going to definitely be spoilt for choice:

AND

Here is my photo and I struggled a little using just only the colours prescribed and so desperately wanted to add a little green but I think I have managed it . . .


I have coloured this georgous image just using only the following promarker colours: tan, ivory, rose pink and dusky pink. I wanted her to appear like she had been plucked from a sepia photograph . . . I hope she does now and not just weirdly coloured !!! Image is "Patti's Kisses" from Elizabeth Bell.


I made my backing papers (which I have subsequently covered) by stamping a butterfly image (Stamps Away) randomly and then chalking/inking my card. You can just catch a glimpse on the side of this photo. The floral frame you can see is courtesy of Little Musings and they are devine to work with and must get me some more designs!

I am also going to enter my card into the following challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge: to add loads of texture
Delicious Doodles: Texture
Stamp Something: use a digi image
Cute Card Thursday: Embellish it!

Have a great Sunday everyone and I'm off to do a spot of gardening whilst it looks cool out there and then the dreaded trip to the dump!

Lou
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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

"What'eva" day . . .

OK . . . Fab'n'Funky Challenges are having a "What'eva" challenge this week to coincide with a DT and GDT call. If you are interested in either of the positions, check out the DT CALL post and the GDT CALL post for further details.

Here is my card which I had originally made for the "red, white and blue" but didn't blog or share with you all . . . so I'm going to enter it into this weeks challenge.

I have used aTilda image coloured with promarkers, nestled her amongst banners and a huge cupcake. Papers are from SEI and free in a magazine recently. Finished off with some card candi for added subtle bling.

Gotta dash as loads to sort out this week but thanks for popping by,

Lou
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