Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Luck of the Irish be with you

Being from Irish ancestry, this weeks theme at Fab'n'Funky Challenges was right up my street and having celebrated many a St Paddy's Day with maybe more than one Guinness and a wee whisky, I was actually a little stuck as to what to make . . . I could of completed another page in my Irish Journal, made a card or even a scrap book page but still couldn't decide.

Whilst talking to Mum about her plans for Saturday she mentioned that she liked the canvas I made about our visit to the Guinness Factory (she saw it on her recent visit) and could I make her one . . . my problem was solved until I realised I didn't have any plain canvases !!! Luckily, I managed to source one ASAP and here is what I made for MUM using my canvas to create a near enough replica . . .

We visited the factory in August 2009 and had a blast. It took us all day to go around and obviously stop and sample a few on the way! All images are from a Guinness leaflet I still had or taken from the internet and printed on to Safmat, including some of the photos!

Mum relaxing with a glass (half pint) of Guinness. I have actually printed her on to Safmat and then carefully placed in front of those barrels to make it look like she is there for a "session"!

I also did the same with this photo of Aaron and he was over the moon when he saw it as he is . . . sitting on top of a roaring Guinness!

I am entering my canvas in to the following challenges:

Shopping our stash - food/beverage theme
My Graifco Challenges - St. Patrick's Day
The Crazy Challenge - no designer paper . . not a bit used. Just printed on to leaflets or used Safmat.
A-musing Challenges - St. Patrick's Day
Pile It On - St. Patrick's Day
Cupcake Inspirations - photo inspiration (Irish themed)

Have a great "happy hump day" everyone,


Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Things YOU NEED to know . . .

My Polka Doodles buddy ENFYS has a yummy candy offer at the moment. Pop over to her blog an play along. Every day this week someone will win the brand new Candy Doodles CD from Polka Doodles.

I can say that you will not be disappointed if you are the lucky winner over at Enfys blog as this CD is full of great images, stunning and versatile papers, sentiments, embellies an loads more . . .

Also the lovely  Michelle from Mishelflo has a 50% off sale running at the moment to make room for some fab new stock. She has K & Co goodies on offer from as little as 83p! I've bought my stash before writing this post as didn't want to miss out . . . hee, hee, hee! I promise I have left some for you . . . lol.


Monday, 12 March 2012

Needed inspiration . .

to get my teeth into several large projects I am in the process of making, so what id I do . . . make something else instead! To be honest each of my cards only took 30mins but was the break I needed so I could carry on with my other projects. Oh by the way, should add this is a long post and quite picture heavy!

Papers: K & Co BW Flora & Fauna Mat Pad (Mishelflo)
Fern leaf Diecuts: K&Co BW Flora & Fauna Die cuts and Vellum (Mishelflo)
Bird Die cuts: K&Co BW Flora & Fauna Die cuts and Vellum (Mishelflo)
Sentiment: Polka Doodles printed on to Safmat
Swirl stamp: Lakeland (bought at a carboot)
Gingham ribbon: East of India Co
Green and cream organza ribbon: Ribbon Oasis
Pearl trimming: local market
Nellie Snellen die
Cardstock: Papermania

Am getting sooooo in to the "nature" theme as I have been updating my Scrapbook Journal about Ireland and these K&Co goodies have been invaluable embellies for my book.

I am entering this card in to the following challenges:

Bunny Zoe - Shabby Chic/Vintage
Sentimental Sundays - go green/recycle
Crazy for Challenges - use spring as your inspiration
Sugar Creek Hollow - monochromatic green
Pile It On - shades of green

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I have wanted to use these Cherry bits and bobs for ages, so using my card above as a layout idea, came up with this card:

Papers: K & Co BW Flora & Fauna Mat Pad (Michelle)
Cherry topper: K&Co BW Flora & Fauna Die cuts and Vellum (Michelle)
Cherries diecut:  K&Co Flora & Fauna Ephemera pack (Michelle)
Bird tag: K&Co BW Flora & Fauna Die cuts and Vellum (Michelle)
Sentiment: K&Co BW Flora & Fauna Die cuts and Vellum (Michelle)
Butterfly:  K&Co TC Bloomwood Die cuts and acetate (Michelle)
Swirl & heart stamp: Lakeland (bought at a carboot)
Gingham ribbon: East of India co
Lace: local market
Cardstock: Papermania
Rose made from off cut of white paper!

I am entering this card in to the following challenges:

Bunny Zoe - Shabby Chic/Vintage
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - photo inspiration
Charisma Cardz - ribbon

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Now this card I made to use up paper scraps I had on my table from other projects and the odd die cuts I had cut out but never used! 

Papers: K & Co BW Flora & Fauna Mat Pad (Michelle) and Webster Pages
Topper:  K&Co Flora & Fauna Ephemera pack (Michelle)
Flowers: K& Co BW Flora & Fauna Botanical Butterflies layered accents (Michelle)
Sentiment: Websters Pages

Dragonfly:  K&Co TC Bloomwood Die cuts and acetate (Michelle)
Ribbon: Ribbon Oasis
Nellie Snellen dies
 Another "Thank You" card to add to my growing collection. I am determined his year not to be caught out when an occasion/event etc occurs and I have nothing made, so this will go in to my box ready to be sent . . . at some point!

Have a great week everyone,

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

One of those months . .

where if it could wrong, it will! However I am determined not to let things get on top of me or get me down in any way, shape or form . . . life is definitely too short and from bitter experience, have worked out that stressing about things or panicking does not work or make the problems go away . . . so I am now just dealing with things at my pace and not someone else !!!

Well it's Tuesday and another great sketch from ICSKETCHES and for once I have tried to follow the sketch . . . well follow it my way . . . hee, hee, hee! However, sad news, this is the last ever sketch from us so please do join in to wish ICSketches a "bon voyage".

Papers: First Edition
Nesterabilities - label?
Edgerabilities - large scallop
Sentiment - DoCrafts
Flowers: Wild Orchard Crafts
Butterfly made from felt using a Marianne Designs die
Label die: Nellie Snellon
Leaf shapes: MME
Pins and ribbon from stash

Another thank you card from me as I never have enough of them and then struggle to make quick cards. Very simple mat and layering using my nestabilities and edgerabilites plus those gorgeous First Edition papers. Finished with some flowers, a felt butterfly, ribbon and pins

This card came together really quickly and I love the all the different colours and textures. Isn't it great when a plan comes together and your ideas work?

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Make My Monday - Spring flowers

Well I better get organised as am off to my Craft Club tonight and still haven't decided what to take with me . . . can't take everything but that would be soooooooo much easier . . lol.