Saturday, July 31, 2010

Forever Rose

365 Cards - day 151 - Thursday sketch above.
Little C's- July 27th challenge -Pretty in Dark Pink . The dark pink paper is very similar to the handbag shown on the site as inspiration.

Wednesday Wish - a puppy dog

365 Cards- day 150 - Wednesday sketch above - Some times simple is best.
Polka Doodles- challenge 30 - Generic -make a card suitable for a male or female.My previous card was also for this challenge. I've made one card for adults and one for children.
The light was very bad and I had to use the flash for this piccie,the background colour is a very pretty pale green.

A big button

365 Cards -day 149 - Another sketch as shown above and my interpretation.The papers are all Kaiser craft. The stitching was done with a fine black pen ,I'm quite pleased as it looks real.

Polka Doodles - challenge 30 - Generic - make a card suitable for anyone.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Christmas Elf

The Character Cafe -challenge 26- Pocket Card
The image is from The Character Cafe. I recently won a challenge and the Character Cafe sponsored a prize.This little elf was one of three images I picked.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Christmas Birdie

365 Cards- day 148- Another sketch as shown above. All the papers are from Kaisercraft.A few days ago I was looking on Tattered Vintage at their beautiful birds on vintage paper and decided I would make my own ,the end result is not bad.

Yet Another Christmas in July

The image on this card was printed out twice and raised on sticky dots.The tree is a chipboard button.
I Did it Creations- challenge 14 -Buttons and Bows .Images used by the design team are available free on request and I picked this one.
Christmas Cards All Year Round - July -Anything goes -This is my 5th and final card for the month.
Christmas Stampin All Year Long- challenge 58 -Buttons and Bows.
Polka Doodles - week 29 - Christmas in July. They also have a colouring competition to win some Aquamarkers.

Daisy Fresh

My simple little card is for two challenges.I made the flower by cutting six petal shapes and fastening them together with a brad.

365 Cards- Day 147 - Super Sketchy Sunday - I've used the sketch above for my layout.We have a whole week of sketches at 365.
Cupcake Inspirations - challenge 69 - Colour scheme -turquoise,yellow,white and green.Such a fab combination .

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Beach huts

365 Cards - Day 146 -Summer Fun

Bee Crafty -challenge 34 -At the Beach

Beach Huts image from Sj's Little Musings

Second Hand Rose

Despite having 2 flu shots at the start of winter I have still succumbed to the dreaded cold. I think this card along with a few others will have to be thrown away.Do germs travel on paper,I wouldn't want to pass on my cold.

365 Cards - Day 145 - Woven Heart - for a first attempt it came out OK.I'm not sure if making a big heart would have been easier to weave together.

The Crafty Pad- challenge 81 - Vintage theme. Vintage is my favourite card making style,I should use it more often .

Pear Tree Designs - challenge 10 - Birthday -

Practical Scrappers - Use seven items on your card. Well I think I have enough,let's see,image,pearls,gems,lace ,flowers,button, a tag and a doilie.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cake and Bears

365 Cards - Catch up Days 143 and 144. Day 143 - Whats Cooking -Chocolate muffin .

Day 144 - Best Seller- Inspired by a book cover .I'm not familiar with this book 'Summer at Tiffany',the lovely blue colour said baby card to me .
I still have to make my cards for Friday and Saturday.I will get them done later today.To be honest my heart is with Gloria and her family after their tragic loss.
Just Cute Bears - challenge 27 - Bear Necessities- Keep it simple.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Blog Hop

Papercraft Star are having Blog hop with some great prizes . Go along and join in you might just win . The design team have created some lovely cards ,wall hangings and lots of other ideas for Christmas.

Friday, July 23, 2010


Well there was frayed ribbon and my frayed temper making this one.I couldn't decide on the best way to attach the ribbon to the backing card.The result is clear to see ,the glue is still wet .It should dry out and look OK.

365 Cards - Day 142 - Beautiful Backgrounds- Use ribbon to cover your card.This is as good as it gets for me.Have a great weekend.

WISE WORDS - In the kitchen - Chef who cooks meat and pees (peas) in same pot not very hygienic.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fifi ze French poodle

365 Cards - Day 141 - DIY Hand drawn .
Well , no laughing in the cheap seats I did my best.Using a rough outline which you can see at the top I am proud (LOL)to introduce 'Fifi ze French Poodle '. Once she was coloured in I went over the outline with a fine black pen adding detail to her paws.
WISE WORDS -Don't keep making the same mistake..there are plenty out there to chose from.

Button Up

The weather never ceases to amaze me. At 6.45 this morning the skies were clear and had a wonderful pink tinge as the sun rose. BY 9.00 am I couldn't see to the bottom of the garden , a thick mist had come down which disappeared by 9.30 to leave a beautiful sun filled day.

365 cards- Super Sketchy Sunday - Using the above layout and lots of buttons to make my card.The papers are from Kaiser.

WISE WORDS -The early bird can have the worm.I'll see you around noon for a doughnut.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Catch up Monday at 365

Day 138 - See text below for details.
Day 139 - Silly Saturday -This involves finding silly or unusual holidays which we celebrate.When I looked on the internet it appears we celebrate some really silly things.I chose August 12th, Sewing Machine Day. I will send this to my friend Olive who lives in New Zealand and enjoys dress making.

Day 138 -Create your Own - We had to chose a trio colour combo ,a pattern such as paisley or gingham, a shape such as star or heart and two embellishments.I chose lilac,blue and green,gingham paper, a star and two brads.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Catch up at 365

We've had some serious rain today and it has been a bit dark and gloomy.the flash on the camera makes everything look a bit pale and it doesn't show off some of the detail. Day 137 - Hot and Cold - Pick two colours ,one a warm spectrum colour the other a cold colour.

Day 134 - Card recipe -4x4 , 4 papers ,5 flowers,hand stitching, one stamp and one sentiment.
My four papers are in the corners,my stamp is around my sentiment and my flowers are along the bottom. Hand stitching around the triangles in pink to match the pink paper.

365 Cards. I still have two more cards to make for this week so I can't stay and chat. See ya.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Party Animal

This bright and cheery little decoupage bear is off to a party.I love the challenges at Just cute Bears but I don't get my cards finished in time.
Just Cutes Bears- challenge 25 - Sketch - .

Red n Green for Christmas

I made a card like this last year and it was so Christmassy I decided to make another one as we have so many Christmas in July challenges at the moment.
Tales from Pollycraft -Send in a card using any Pollycraft image and get another image free.
Pixie Dust Studio - challenge 31 - Forest Green and Cranberry - My colours might be a bit too bright.
Christmas Cards All Year Round -July - Anything goes.
The Shabby Tea Room- week 18 - Christmas in July .
Cute Card Thursday -challenge 121 - Get a head start.
Fab 'n' Funky -challenge 31- It's Christmas .... in July

Friday, July 16, 2010

Christmouse again.

The mouse may not be a favourite with many people ,I quite like the little critters. If you've ever had a cat and a catflap then mice are inevitable. Our cat Tom would bring them in ,let them go and then fall asleep on the sofa.Other presents have included rats,hens , baby rabbits and worms.

We all know the story "Twas the night before Christmas".In my house everyone is sleeping except one little mouse.

Moving Along With The Times - challenge 55 - Heidi's sketch with Animals as well.
Christmas Cards All Year Round - July challenge- anything goes.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Simple Curves

I'm much happier with this flower,still not happy with the the way the colours have come out.
365 Cards - Day 136 - Imagine this -Chalkboard .The papers I've used are from Kaisercraft, I wasn't very happy with this flower and went back to the craft room.I made another flower with the Kaisercraft paper but the light wasn't good enough for a piccie.The flash makes the paper look grey.I will have another go tomorrow. Well I got another piccie you can see at the top.

Christmas in July

Since I came to live in the Southern Hemisphere Christmas has disappeared for me.Christmas Celebrations in hot weather just don't work which I suppose is why many people have their "Christmas in July".
Pixie Dust Studio - Sketch 30 shown above ,along with the theme of Christmas.
Christmas Stampin All Year Long - challenge 56- Open challenge anything goes.
Pear Tree Designs - challenge 8 -Glitter and Sparkles. This theme shouts Christmas to me.
Christmas Cards All Year Round -July- Anything goes.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Golden Globe

Southern Girls DT entry
I've bypassed Day 134 cos I can't decide what papers to use,hopefully I will make a decision tomorrow and get it made.So onto this card. Just realised the disc looks like an aerial view of a hat with a ribbon at the back.
365 Cards - Day 135 - White Space-When we had lots of these earlier in the year I got a bit bogged down for ideas but the occasional one is OK.Hope your listening at HQ.

Flowery Love

Today has been another sunny day ,it's hard to believe we are in the middle of Winter.My windows and doors have been wide open for the second day in a row.
365 Cards - Day 133 - Super Sketchy Sunday.I bought this paper last year and never thought I would use it.I loved the colours and aged look but the pattern is so big it doesn't repeat itself.I should have bought two sheets and then I could have decoupaged it.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

winning streak

Before I went to bed last night I had a quick look at some of the challenge sites I have been playing along with and I had to pinch myself very hard. My little mouse with his white leaves and snowflakes is a winner at Pear Tree Designs and made top 3 at Die Cut Creams Christmas Club.

I've had a busy morning ,the weather is beautiful today so I have all my laundry drying in the sun. I did some painting this morning ,not decorating or a Michael Angelo work of art just some white doilies in vibrant shades. I spent a little time waxing as well ,one of things I hate about the ageing process.I can cope with the gray hair and the middle age spread but the beard and moustache are no fun at all. I've made soup and I just have a little ironing to do .If I'm really quick I should get a card or two made.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sending love to Michelle

The Internet has made the world a smaller place ,through craft sites and challenges we interact with many like minded people. We may never meet them or hear their voice but we can feel a connection. This card is made for a fellow crafter Michelle who has recently lost an eye ,click on her name for the full story. If you can spare 5 minutes make a card and send it to her with lots of crafty love. I'm off to post my card now ,catch ya later.

A Spoonful of Sugar have a free image for you to use and Michelle's address is posted there.
Karens Doodles also have a free image to use.
365 Cards Day 132 - Stampin Saturday - Use one digi image and one stamped image.I've used the digi Donkey image and the sentiment is an acrylic stamp.
Inspirational Card Sketches - 73 - I've turned the layout on its side but it still has the right elements .

A welcome addition

365 Cards -Day 131 -Beautiful Banner - I've never thought of putting a bunting type sentiment on my cards before . It's a bit different and I quite like it. My little rocking horse doesn't get used much which is a shame as he is so cute.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Rainbow of colours

When I saw all the different colours in the top photo I was not a happy bunny,an impossible task to find just the right paper. Tidying my craft room later in the day I found this small A6 paper,it doesn't have orange on it but it is a very pretty paper with lots of delicate colours.
365 Cards - Day 130 - Ad Inspired

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Merry Christmouse

Winter Wonderland -challenge 2nd July -Punch it out .I've used leaves and snowflakes for my Christmas card.

Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club- challenge 25 -Christmas Wreath .My punched leaves make up my wreath.

Pear Tree Designs- Challenge 7 -Animals -Ok ,so he's not a mouse in a Santa hat or holding a candy cane but he is cute.
Christmas Cards All Year Round - July challenge - Anything goes.

Three for Thursday

Day 129 - Aged Look - Forgot to put the tag on,it should have a tag saying "picked for you".Ooops,back to the craft room.

Day 128 - Colour Scheme. I just love all these colours ,I really enjoyed putting this simple card together.

365 Cards - Day 127 - Old ,New Borrowed and Blue.
I spent the best part of yesterday morning trying to come up with an idea.I finally found this free image .My thoughts were to make the images into stamps,which I did ,complete with perforated edges.My goal was to make a postcard showing a collection of handbags. Alas I was too late with this idea ,my very talented crafting buddy Jan beat me to it and made a card with a similar theme for yesterdays challenge day 129.I managed to use the stamps I had so lovingly made in a different way. They represent bags from different eras.
Moral to this post "the early bird gets the worm" or in this case the best ideas. Pop over and have a look at Jans blog she does make beautiful cards.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Onto a Winner ? I don't think so.

My card making is very hit 'n' miss ,I haven't found a style that seems to be me. Sometimes you can look at batch of cards and know who made them,it's called being consistent and as long as they are consistently good then you will win.
In June I managed to win two challenges ,one at Little C's the other at 365 Cards along with a couple of top 3 or 4 spots.Yesterday I was lucky and won the June challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round with my 5 Bird cards.

Is there a point to this post, YES.Don't let the horrible cards you've made stop you from being creative. Hang in there and like me you might have the odd win.

Get crafting and have a good day.

Pink and Girly

All this pink reminds of the author Barbara Cartland who always wore the most hideous pink outfits.

365 Cards -Day 126 -Super Sketchy Sunday - you can see the layout on their site.

Little C's - challenge for 6th July - Inspired by a photo with lots of pink and candies.You should pop along and join in the fun ,they also have a scrapbook challenge on Saturdays.

Monday, July 5, 2010

My blog is almost a year old and what a fun time I've had. Over the past year I've encountered lots of crafty minded folk and picked up lots of tips and techniques along the way.A big Thank You to everyone who has left comments . My blogging skills haven't improved and I can still only manage the basics but it's enough to get by.I hope the next year will as much fun.

Laugh .It's good for you

A Very Happy Monday,hope you all had a good weekend.
Little C's - Challenge 29th June . Picture Inspired for colour and use the word Laugh.
365 Cards- Day 119 -Super Sketchy Sunday - Layout used.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Orange and Purple

365 cards -day 124 - Shades of Purple.

365 cards - day 125 - Shades of Orange -I've used a black ribbon to go with the text but I think it will look better with a white ribbon,so I'm off to change it.

365 Cards -I'm still missing last Sundays card,I will probably do it tomorrow along with the current Sunday challenge.