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Friday, 21 January 2011

Thank goodness it's Friday!!

We have so many children off school at the moment with colds and coughs, I am relieved to be home away from all the flying germs. They'll all decend on me at half term instead!

Well Mr Blogger didn't play ball this morning with my Polka Doodles card but that could have had something to do with the fact that I put in the wrong date . . . but sssshhhhhh, don't tell him! The them was "Home Sweet Home" and it was to make a project linked to the home/ New Home / present for the home . . . well anything home related. I have made another quick card with simple mat and layering plus a bit of pyramage ( a first for me!) . . .




All the elements are from the Sugar Birdies CD but apologies for no sentiment. I made 4 different ones and couldn't make a decision which looked the best, so in the end, didn't put any sentiment on . . . maybe I'll try again in a couple of days !

Off for a little cyber surfing now . . . birthday money to spend and the sales are still on!

Have a great weekend,

Lou
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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

2 cards to share

Hi everyone,

How has your week been? Mine has been relatively uneventful but still "full" with little time to craft at the moment. However I did try and organise my photo's last week to make it easier to blog when away from home . . . guess what? . . . it didn't work and that's why there was no photo on my post last week . . . ! Gone back to my old method and am very happy, even if it does mean that I have just proved to my children that I am technologically challenged!
OK the first card is my "warm and toasty" card where the theme last week was to use warm colour tones in your projects for Fab'n'Funky Challenges. It's a simple matt and layer card but I love it all the same.

Papers: Pink Petticoat "Fairy Lights"
Butterfly cut on Craft Robo
Flowers, ribbon & gems from stash


I have coloured the butterfly with Shimmer Mist (Gold) and then embossed with clear embossing powder.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Digital Tuesday - the theme is "Tropical Warmth"
Flutterby Wednesday - to use a butterfly, fairy or angel
Pile It On - "anything goes" theme this week

My next card is for this weeks Fab'n'Funky Challenge which is called "Animal Magic" and I have used a Robyn's Digital Fetish image which is so cute but not (if that makes sense?!?).

Papers: Polka Doodles "Back to Nature" CD
Ribbon recycled from packaging
Flowers from stash
Hearts made with Fimo

Another quick card to make (40 mins including the colouring) and have to say am loving the colour combo on this one . . . that is strange from a "non-pink" person.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - ribbons and pearls
Passion for Promarkers - theme this week is "all you need is love"
Secret Crafter - theme is "with love"
Sketch Saturday - I used their FAB sketch this week
Pile It On - "anything goes" theme this week
Creatalicious Challenges - theme is to use ribbon and "love" theme

OK better dash as I have to prep for class tomorrow. I am hoping maybe able to pop on here later to catch up with you all . . . ,

Lou
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Warm and toasty . . .

. . is the theme of Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week in an attempt to banish the grey, rain/snow clouds away and encourage the sun to say "hi" even if it is for a little while!

Also as it's my birthday this week, I am sponsoring the challenge and the lucky winner could win a download of their choice from Pink Petticoat. So if you want to win one of Liz's great kits, why not join in with this weeks challenge . .

My card is for a work colleague whose birthday is on Saturday and I have used the ever so versatile "Fairy Lights" paper kit, which although designed with Christmas in mind, can definitely be used at other times in the year.

Hope everyone's week has began on a good, if not reasonable note,

Lou
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Friday, 7 January 2011

Polka Doodles New Year Wish!

Now it's been a eon since I have been able to join in with my fellow Polka Doodlers and this year I have decided that I will always take the time to participate as Nikky is very generous with her time & products and always supports her DT. Ooohhh before I forget you can see Nikky on Create and Craft TV this Saturday showing off the new Polka Doodles CD - Paper Boutique Vol 3. She has 2 live shows at noon and 3pm . . . so don't forget to watch and support her.

Now this weeks Polka Doodles Challenge was set by Emma who has asked that we design our project based upon "A wish for the New year".


My wish for this year is to always be "So Thankful" for all that I have; all the people I know (family, friends & work colleagues) . . . basically what I am saying is to always be thankful even when times are hard. I have used papers from the "All Around and Everywhere" CD and all the topper elements, flower, measuring tape and including the sentiment is from the Spring section on the "Sundae of Seasons" CD.


I have further embellished the card with sewing paraphernalia - buttons, threads, bias binding as my ribbon, wonder web for the bow and several pins!

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

JUGS - used their great sketch from last week although it has morphed a little with all the embellies but the basic sketch is still there!
Allsorts - theme "Thank You"
Phindy's Place Challenge - theme "Give thanks" however there is an added bit "to use up your scraps". My scraps are the bits and bobs that were lying around in my sewing box . . . can I classify these as scraps?
Cute Card Thursday - theme is "out with the old" and my "old bits" are the bits raided from my sewing box which I have had for ages and ages.
Totally Papercrafts- theme "say thankyou"

So happy it's Friday . . . only been back at school 4 days and feel like I haven't had a break ! !

Lou
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Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Phew . . . finally made somethng I quite like !!!

I hope everyone had a Christmas and New Year and are now fully recharged for the 2011. I've taken down all the decorations and the house looks so bare . . . and larger ! Even though we were in Ireland for the festive period, we still had to put the decorations up . . . much to hubby's annoyance . . . hee, hee, hee!

Now the theme this week over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week was a simple one . . . "Anything Goes" . . . the DT decided to ease everybody back in slowly and allow people to make the card and/or project they needed. I have made a much needed "Thank You" card for my parents as they did loads for us to make our Christmas special and they have also had a rough ride for the last 3/4 months, so I wanted my card to be "special" . . . it's a shame my photography skills are so naff as the photo's don't do the card justice!

Papers: HOTP and DCWV
Acetate Butterflies: HOTP
Decorative frame: Nellie Snellen
Ribbon and gems from stash

Here is a close up of the butterfly element which is printed onto acetate and placed over the background one. It is a beautiful deep purple colour and very striking "in the flesh" ! I also did exactly the same to the smaller butterfly.



To create my layers, I cut the flower centre away and cut one wing on each of the butterflies. I then glued the flower portion down onto my backing card and using the remaining paper it came from, I used 3D foam to add height; this also made it appear that I had used 2 separate papers. I then further enhanced the flower image (making at more of a focal point), by framing it. This was made by cutting a frame using my new Nellie Snellen dies and then made sure that the butterfly wings were raised over this frame . . . gosh, I hope my explanation makes some sense !?!?!?


I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Truly Scrumptious - fab sketch although I have had to change the sentiments location as it looked better in the other corner. OOOOOhhhhhhh, maybe I could say that I rotate the sketch 180 degrees !!!
Allsorts - to make a "Thank You" card
Papertake Weekly - "Anything goes" challenge
The Shabby Tea Room - use only 11 elements . . . gosh I've counted and counted and think I've got it right !!!
The Creative Cottage - theme is "something new" and this has to be my Nellie Snellen dies . . . and I got 4 sets from Santa this year along with my Big Shot . . . which cut the dies !!!

Have a great week everyone and must catch up with loads of blog hopping as I have missed so much this last month!

Lou
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