Friday, 30 April 2010

Something different for me ! !

Ruth, fellow Polka Doodles DT buddie decided this week that no cards were to be made for this weeks Polka Doodles challenge . . . yep, we had to alter something ! I sat for ages wondering what to do and was becoming quite fustrated as nothing I wanted or needed as gift etc was springing to mind, so I decided to distract myself by making my challenge cards for ICS and Fab'n' Funky . . . and blow me down an idea jumped up and bit me !

I have altered this humble, non-descript CD

to house my fab new Fairy Flutterby stamps and as I was using the "Babsie" set, I started there first . . .

CD front cover

I have used the original packaging and also stamped some additional images. A bit of matt & layering and voila, c'est fin ! Babsie is one of 6 Fairy Flutterby's and although she is shown with her fairy wings, they are actually a butterfly ! ! ! Babsie and butterfly are spearate stamps so it's upto you how you use them.

Inside covers

On the reverse of the front cover I have made a wallet to keep all my stamped images or made toppers. The other side holds my stamps, safely sandwiched between 2 sheets of acetate. The following photo's are different views of the inside of the CD.

This photo shows the "topper wallet".

Close up of my "topper wallet".

Another inside view !

Finally here is a close up of the gorgeous Babsie . . isn't she adorable? Love the "what me" expression on her face and I have coloured her with my promarkers.

Now just got to do several other CD's for my other Fairy Flutterby stamps and have discovered some empty DVD cases . . they would be perfect for the bigger stamps sets I have . . I see a plan formatting here ! !

I am also entering my "altered CD" into the following challenges:

Charisma Cardz Challenges - to make something girly and to use flowers
Cute Card Thursday - the theme is "Make your own". Well I have made my own stamp storage system ! How posh does that sound ?!?
Papertake Weekly Challenge - their theme is to do something different and I think my CD definitely qualifies !

Have a great weekend everyone. My throat infection is finally re-acting to the antibiotics and the pain is subsiding . . . yippee! It's Bank Holiday weekend in the UK which means . . . RAIN !


Thursday, 29 April 2010

A quick post . .

. . . as am using eldest son's PC as mine is till poorly ! The "unwelcome visitors" have been packed off home and the process of recovering everything now begins ! ! It's such a pain as everything I need for home and school is on my PC . . my external hard drive was also effected and I am furious ! It would appear that the deep clean all our laptops, external hard drives and memory sticks got after the schools computers were very badly infected, was next to useless - what a waste of money and what's worse is that we've all been using all these perifials back in school, so no doubt we've reinfected the schools computers ! The cynic in me wonders if the company concerned may have planned this to get more work . . . whoops that's casting aspersions . . . tut, tut, tut!

Well enough of my whinging, onto my post and had better be quick as Luke won't be happy that I've sneaked on ! ! ! I have several card to share with you today for different challenges and apologies to all my DT buddies for my lateness in posting and joining in. Also photo's are a little bit iffy as still playing with my new camera . . . holding camera and reading instruction book at the same time, doesn't work ! lol

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Inspirations Card Sketches - I really struggled with this weeks sketch and just didn't know what to do with the side bits . . bizarre I know but eventually came up with this card . .

I have used the stunning new ingenious stamps sets from Polka Doodles. I have used
"Maggie" Fairy Flutterby. The clever thing is that Maggie's wings are actually a butterfly . . you stamp both images out and then overlap (if you want) to create Maggie the fairy. I have decided to have both separate for my card.

I am also entering my card to the following challenges:

A Spoon Full of Sugar - 3D something
Creative Craft Challenges - blooming marvellous
Charisma Cardz Challenges - to make something girly and to use flowers
Allsorts Challenge Blog - photo inspiration challenge

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Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - The challenge this week was to use "No DP !" and I had great fun playing with my stamps. I have made my background using the butterfly stamp with my Versa Fine clear pad and then colouring with chalks.

Originally I wanted to use a Dustin Pike image for an upcoming "male" card (I know I swore), but as my PC is sick, had to rethink my card and have used another of the Fairy Flutterby stamps sets, "Maxine". Loving this girls attitude . . .go girl ! I also used the great sketch over at the Passion for Promarkers challenge blog.

Craft Creations Challenges - to make your own backgrounds
Passion for Promarkers - follow sketch and make your own flowers
A Spoon Full of Sugar - 3D something
Allsorts Challenge Blog - photo inspiration challenge

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Phew, thinks that's all and my quick post as turned into a rather long one . . sorry but wanted to make sure I got everything on as not sure when I'll be allowed to go online again ! ! Parting teenagers from their PCs is a nasty, tricky business !

Take care,


Wednesday, 21 April 2010

"Get it all out" for a sketch ! ! !

Well, I wanted to make my blog post title interesting for once rather than writing "a card for . . . " so I have joined two challenge themes together to make my title. What do you think?

Now the sketch I followed was another great one from Dawn over at Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS) and was just the thing I needed to make a "Thank You" card for my parents for a wonderful weekend away.

and I "Got it all out" for this weeks "Fab'n'Funky" challenge which asked us to use our neglected stash. I have used some paper scraps I had kept (just in case): discovered chipboard embellies that I have had for eons; finally, I found 2 packets of the most wonderful Hero Arts flowers that I hadn't even opened . . . scandalous!

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Simon Says Challenge - "Things with wings"
One Stop Craft Challenge - "Things with wings"
Little Red Wagon - to use ruffles - I have used the gold organza ribbon, ruffled it and stapled the ribbon to my card.

Have a great week everyone and am off to finish catching up with you all. I did start on Sunday and then became distracted with all the great cards etc and the really cool links to tutorials . . . before I knew it I had bookmarked oodles of new blogs and written down loads of new techniques I want to try . . . isn't blog land cool !?!?!

Take care,


Friday, 16 April 2010

Double edged sword day !

What I mean to say is "yippee" it's Friday and we're off celebrating with my Dad and the whole family this weekend but. . . it also means that the Easter holidays are now over and it's back to school on Monday . . . !

I'm afraid I haven't been a good Polka Doodler recently and kept up with my DT duties but Nikky has been a complete star (as always) and very, very supportive. Now this week, in line with the new positive me, I made sure that my card would be ready and posted for this weeks Polka Doodles Challenge . . . "Animal Magic" . . .

I have used the dog toppers from the "Back to Nature" CD and cut them into toppers, loads of chalking, oodles of 3D foam pads to raise different parts and then matt & layering in similar colours.

The sentiment is made using "Doodlebug" rub ons, onto small squares (to keep in with the square theme of the card) and reads " W oof-tas-tic-!!!".

The inspiration for the "squares" theme for my card was from a challenge blog I have discovered for the first time "The Shabby Tea Room" whose theme this week is "It's hip to be square". Have definitely booked marked this blog as the DT makes are "breath takingly stunning".

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Penny's Paper Craft Challenge Blog
- theme is "anything goes"
365 cards - the "White space" challenge

Well I'm off as Friday is a busy "run around" day for me . . .collect Tuxedo's from Dry Cleaners; Steve & Luke need to buy shoes; buy my accessories for my dress as still can't find anything(!); cut the grass; the dreaded house work (yuk, yuk & yuk) . . . and loads more boring, run of the mill stuff. Have a great weekend everyone and looking forward to catching up with you on Sunday,


Wednesday, 14 April 2010

How long?

WOW . . time has indeed flown by without me posting. My "random" entries recently have been down to me suffering a wee bit of "depression". Loads has happened in the last year which I though I was coping with but unfortunately it would appear that I was kidding myself !!! Anyhow, enough was enough and I packed myself off to my mummy's for some serious TLC which was just what I needed. Although things are still hard, I am determined not to bottle things so much and realise that the occasional loud scream is actually quite healthy ! The card making has also taken a big dent as I just couldn't get things to "gel" and wasn't overly happy with many of my "makes" but again, have decided not to put too much pressure on myself that I give up on a much loved hobby.

Onto the card making now before I really bore you all with my random waffling . . . ! Now the challenge this week over at "Fab 'n' Funky" challenges is to "stop the neglect" by using a previous loved stamp which hasn't seen the light of day for a while. I have used a set from "My Favourite Things" which I bought eons ago and haven't inked for . . . . a long time!

I have paper pieced all the elements to fit in with the scraps of BG sugared papers I found in my designer scraps box (!). A bit of mat & layering, some ribbons and voila my card came together really quite quickly. I also took inspiration from the fab sketch over at "2S4U" this week.

Fab 'n' Funky - to use a neglect stamp(s)
2S4U - fab sketch
Stamptacular Sunday - to use "spots & dots"
Doodle Palace - Funny animals . . . well my "dino babe" does look funny!
Creative Card Crew - theme is "Happy Birthday"

Well gotta dash as busy, busy , busy this week with loads of decorating before the new carpet gets fitted next Monday . . . (eek) . . . but hope to catch up for a good dose of blog hopping on Sunday (if not before . . hee, hee, hee!).