Friday, 31 May 2013

Colour challenge at Polka Doodles

Another Friday is upon us and the this year is whizzing away too quickly for my liking! I can't believe that we are almost half way through this year. Definitely blink and you'll miss it. I sometimes wish I was Dr Who's companion so we could go back in time I can enjoy the past again at a slower rate.

Being Friday, it can only mean one thing, Polka Doodles Challenge time. For my card this week, I have to say I struggled with the colour scheme "purple" as it's not a colour I use predominately in my projects. After much agonising, I finally pulled myself together and my card then came together very quickly. The papers are from Cherry Blossom Lane CD and the scrummy cupcake is from Studio 12 Picknix collection 1 CD along with the matching ticket sentiment.

I had to add another colour to the scheme and my cupcake was the "way in", and I made a lickle crochet flower. This is joined to the ribbon with a button. As I was feeling a little guilty about not strictly sticking to the colour scheme, I have even added purple crystal gems to the centre of my ribbon roses. 

I am entering my card in to  he following challenges:

Creative moments - lots of layers
Bearly-mine challenges - colour challenge
Everybody Art Challenge - sketch
Crafty Bloggers - BINGO - die cut (flourish & border), flowers & ribbon
Fab'n'Funky Challenges - girly

Well we've got a house full this weekend and there was me thinking I might get a little quiet .... obviously not! I hope you all have a great weekend, whatever you decide to do ... or not do!


Thursday, 30 May 2013

Love is ..... multifold card

I decided to make a card using multiple folds which was secured by ribbon but could also stand independently with just the front fold. I know, it sounds bizarre but really does work .... promise! Please note that this is quite a picture heavy post.

Using Studio 12, Picknix Vol 1 , (from Polka Doodles), I made this romantic feel card which has different sized folds so that my sentiments can be seen when fully opened.

Front of my card with ribbon closure ...

The ribbon then opens to allow the sentiment panels to be viewed. The first panel just has an opening statement which is meant to entice the reader to look further in to the card to read the end inscription. You can see a matching frame in the background which is slightly larger  than the first.

To make the front panel stand and hold the weight of the closed card, I decorated the corner to create a counter weight. I have used the beautiful rose design and hand cut hearts from matching papers. This has been finished with ribbon roses and pins. I also made sure that I printed a flipped image for the inside panel to cover all my cutting etc.

The following photos show the card opened exposing the frames and showing all those gorgeous roses images.

You can now clearly see the end frame which completes the "Love is ...."

The ribbon to hold the card together goes around the back of the card via a cut in the inside very front panel and if the recipient wishes, can then be removed entirely without spoiling the look of the card.

The full quote reads .... "Love is .... a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination". I thought it fitted perfectly with the beautiful rose images and the natural feel of the card.

Well it's Friday here and we have a house full. Aaron has his friend staying for a couple of days and no doubt being 15, they will want to become nocturnal creatures but that ain't happening!!! Luke and his girlfriend are also visiting and I am very happy to have some extra female company in what would otherwise be a very male infused house.

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Lexi's Creations - focus on the sentiment
The Crazy Challenge - use sentiments
Sprinkle N Sparkle - colour challenge

Have a great weekend everyone,


Wednesday, 29 May 2013

I need a hero .......

... maybe that's what Bonny should of sung at the recent Eurovision contest but then, I don't think it would of had made one bit of difference! However only watch it for the fab commentary ... lol

Well it's Crafty Creations Challenge time again and the theme this week is "Super Hero" or make a project for someone who is a "Super Hero" to you.

Pins from stash
X-Cut staking stars die
Various different rub-on alphabets

Adore these CD from Polka Doodles as it really does have some fab male designs on it. It also has a great selection of plain papers that give a Bazzil/linen effect when printed. A great time and money saver!

A quick yet simple card which could be moded for any male in your life. I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Creative Craft Challenges - for the fellas
Cards for men - Dad
Cupcake Craft Challenges - boys or for a lad
Digi Darla's Challenges - Father's Day

Well gotta tidy the house as we have visitors for the next 2/3 days .... friends of the boys who probably won't even notice!


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Schools out .....

well it might be in the US but we still have another 6/7 weeks to go ....

Well the theme this week over on Twisted Tuesday is "Schools out" and the twist .... to use yellow and children on your project. I have to say I have struggled with the theme as I do not normally make any "Schools out" cards. My holiday scrapbook that I am currently working on, is all about Ireland and our holidays taken there over the last 20 years but ..... not much use of yellow there! Finally after nearly losing all my mojo, I found these papers by Websters Pages which (I hope) fit the bill perfectly and here's my card ....

Papers: Websters Pages
Chipboard embellishments: Websters Pages
Ribbon from stash 
Brad: MME
SU border punch

Here is a close up of the cute children image and this so reminds me of my brother and I, with one exception, I'm not a dress kind of girl (lol). It also has that wistful look from my fav children's books .... Famous Five by Enid Blyton. I loved those books and as I am one of  five, it made it all more relevant to me .... well it did when I was a child. However when the "Comic Strip" bought out their version, it did make me view these books in a completely different light ... lol !

Please do pop over and visit us as we would love to see how you interpretate our theme. Remember that you have 2 weeks to enter!

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Flourishes Timeless Challenge - summertime with sheer ribbon
Tuesday Throwdown - favourite book (Famous Five)
Love to create - challenge to do with a book/reading etc
Tammy's Scrappin Corner - vintage
Catered Crop - yellow

Well off to finish sorting out my photo bucket account as I apparently have over filled it ..... well there were loads of photos in albums, so may take longer than I anticipated ....


Friday, 24 May 2013

2 weeks after ...

... Steve's operation and things are slowly .... I mean slowly .... getting back on track. Staples were removed today and it was fascinating watching them be removed. I couldn't get over how small they are considering the task they have to accomplish but then, being myself vertically challenged, I remembered the old adage ... all good things come in small packages ....

That now leads me on to my card! Whilst cleaning out some wallets, I discovered different plastic wallets with "bits" inside. I had obviously decided to keep them for a project but had then forgotten to use them! So with some of the treasure I discovered, here's what I made ....

I must admit that I a little smitten with the sentiment  ...

I'd love to list all the things used but can only name a few .... okay here goes ...
Papers: MME ?
Sentiment: K & Co ?
Butterfly: K & Co ?
Crochet flower  - I made
Material covered brad and flower: Prima ?
Die cut shape: Spellbinders 
Embossing folder: Swiss Dots
Extras: Card Candy, crystal gems, twine & small pegs

A bright, cheerful card for a very wet, windy and cold day ... I thought we were in May?!?!?!

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Delightful Challenges - celebrate friendship
Dutch Dare Card Challenges - use a butterfly
Crafts and Me - lots of layers

Well off to get dressed in many layers to go and walk the dog .... ridiculous weather ...


Friday, 17 May 2013

Sentiment tickets as a focal point ...

Happy Friday everyone and boy oh boy has it been a long week for me! Steve came out of hospital and is obviously feeling a little delicate, so I am playing nurse maid. I have to change his surgical stockings daily (not at all easy) and give him his injections ....! Only another 3 weeks of this to go ....

Well it's Polka Doodle Challenge time and the challenge this week is "pastel shades". I wanted to use something different as my focal point on my DT card this week, so I decided to use the ticket sentiments from the Cherry Blossom Lane CD. I printed out the tickets and then fed them through my printer again with different pastel shaded papers from the same CD. I have cut the tickets out and layered some up on to white card to add depth.

Finally I added a central strip of card, ribbon and pom poms and in the centre, I have added a layered topper with a further ticket and additional letter stickers.

As a finishing touch, I have added a few flowers, although, my card probably didn't really need them!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Twisted Tuesday new DT and blog hop

Well I have some news to share with everyone today .... I got on to the Twisted Tuesday DT .... yea me !!!. So really chuffed as there is a wealth of talent on the DT and I am looking forward to working with everyone.

This week challenge is "A girls best friend" and the "Twisted DT" would like you to make a girly project however there is a TWIST .....
  • THE TWIST ~ Make your project about friends. It can be a scrap page with friends in the pics, a sentiment about friends on your card, an image with 2 people (or person with an animal/pet), etc. As long as there is a friend theme.
Here is my 1st ever Twisted Tuesday DT card and I made it for my friend Maria. The colours were inspired by the decor in her new conservatory ...

 Papers: Teresa Collins fabrication pad - canvas
Vellum quote, flower & butterfly - K& CO
buttons, string and glitter leaves from stash
letters were given to me ages ago
Woodware corner punch

The tag is recycled from a recent clothes purchase and was just the right length for this project. I have just covered it in that scrummy paper, the flower & butterfly. I was going to ink the letters but after a "dry run" decided they looked better kept "eau natural" (as it were).


Now to celebrate the new DT arrival, Twisted Tuesday are having a blog hop and there are loads of prizes on offer and also additional chances to win prizes. For every blog you comment on, you are put in to the "hat" as a potential prize winner and if you comment on all the blogs, that will give you over 14 chances to win ..... not bad odds.

Now the order of the blog hop is as follows:
1. Jeanette
2. Tracie
3. Carol
4. Vickie
5. Lori
6. Lynne
7. Lizzie
8. Lou (ME)
9. Andrea
10. Deanne
11. Hillary
12. Jamie
13. Majo
14. Melina 

Now if you get lost at all or unsure of how a blog hop works, pop back to the Twisted Tuesday challenge blog, were everything is also explained etc.

Have a great hop everyone,

x x x

 to add:  comments situation all sorted ..... finally! Thank you for your patience x 

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Blue is the colour ......

DON'T PANIC, I'm not going to burst in to song ... you know the one ..... that well known football chant but it does give you a clue about the colours I have used on my Studio 12 project.

I am getting back in to loving making tags again as I did drift away from them for a long while. They are so rewarding to make and at times, less daunting than a card because you mostly create them for yourself, which does take the pressure off you sometimes. I have used the gorgeous Studio 12 "Art Girl" stamp and papers from Fredericka midi CD layered on to a Rangers large manilla tag.

I have stamped "Art Girl" and coloured her with distress inks, paper pieced her dress and then smoothered her in glossy accents. I have layered the papers on top of each other and stamped around the edges with the Studio 12 Shabby Checkers stamp.

I adore this sentiment  (Studio 12 "Leave a little sparkle" sentiment stamp) and have used it loads on my recent projects as it can fit any occasion and always brings a smile to me, when I read it. A few discovered brads and metal butterflies and my tag was finished.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Tag your it!

I decided to make a tag with my Studio 12 stamps and some papers from the Picknix Vol 1 CD. I have been itching to use "Art Girl" for ages and this challenge was just the kick I needed! I have stamped her, coloured with distress inks and then paper pieced her dress. I couldn't resist covering her then in glossy accents.

My tag is for the latest Polka Doodles challenge.