Wednesday, 27 April 2011

A giveaway at Lucy's Cards

I was a little late in the day spotting this one, but have a look here for some wonderful giveaways. Be quick though, as you need leave comments by 29th April 2011.

Anna Griffin get well soon card

I made this last night with my new QVC Anna Griffin stamps, and thought I'd use a get well soon sentiment on it to have ready for whenever I might need it. I wasn't expecting that time to come quite so soon. My poor mum fell and gashed her leg very badly last night, and was at A&E until 4am this morning having it stitched. The dressings are covered in crepe bandages from ankle to thigh, and as one of the gashes is on her knee cap she needs to keep her leg completely straight for two weeks which is going to be both uncomfortable and inconvenient for her. Poor Mum.

I stamped this image with Memento brown ink and coloured it with Promarkers. The edges are distressed a little with antique linen Distress ink, and the background paper is a very pretty AG one from an old TSV.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenge:

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

The Ribbon Girl Easter giveaway

The Ribbon Girl is giving away a fab twine filled prize. You can read the details and how to enter here.

Anna Griffin stamps

I received my new Anna Griffin stamps that I bought from QVC last week ad I'm thrilled with them. I think they are great value as there are loads of floral images, a beautiful butterfly, several sentiments and lots of corners and borders included, all for £21.02 including p and p. You can see them here, item number 589591.
 I've made this card with three Distress inks, my beloved Hero Arts background stamp, the gorgeous Sizzix flourish 656560 and four of the AG stamps (hyacinth, sentiment, butterfly and border).

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Red, white and blue birthday card

I've made this card using Hero Arts stamps and the new, gorgeous Sizzix flourish I bought the other week. Combining two of the flourishes gives this lovely long swirl. You may be able to make out that the sentiment has been double stamped - if you look at it for too long it makes you feel a bit woozy! The card has a bit of bling with a great big jewel in the flower centre, courtesy of Poundlands. I made the scallop edges with a fabulously useful Colour My World template, and used my cute wee John Lewis sewing machine to stitch around the edges.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
The Ribbon Girl - red, white and blue 
Papertake Weekly - spots n stripes
The Secret Crafter - stitching
My Mum's Craft Shop - all that glitters
Incy Wincy Designs - bright and bold

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Easter bunny baskets and card

I first saw these lovely baskets on Katina's blog, and Katina in turn has linked to instructions for making these oh-so-easy baskets on Jacqui's blog. I made two this morning. using a pad of WRMK papers I picked up for a bargain in TK Maxx a couple of months ago. As I wanted them to fit the 200g Lindt bunny, I used the whole 12" sheet as the basis for the basket. I cut a couple of different strips from a text paper in the pad to create the handles, which were attached using brads with my Cropodile.  Not as fancy as Katina and Jacqui's lovely examples, but I think my DD will like hers and my DS will spend all of three seconds looking at his before grabbing the chocolate and disappearing!

Using the same paper pad, I made this Easter card. The background is white paper coloured with Distress ink. The ribbon came from the yellow ribbon kit I won the other week from The Ribbon Girl , the sentiment is computer generated and the rest of the card is a pretty simple paper piecing job.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge blog - Easter
Crafty Creations -  paper piecing
Creative Inspirations  - Easter
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge - anything goes

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

A giveaway at The Ribbon Girl

Just a quick post today, to mention the giveaway over at The Ribbon Girl. Have a look at the gorgeous selection of red, white and blue goodies they are giving away this month.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

My Mind's Eye sketch

I love the My Mind's Eye blog. There are always lots of good sketches, and the newsletter they produce each month is very inspirational. I thought I'd have a go at their sketch challenge, although my LO theme didn't fit with their April Showers theme, so I'll not be submitting it to the challenge.

Their sketch is here.

The papers I used came from the MME Simply Delightful paper stack I bought from the last clicks department at QVC. I've been on the hunt for the perfect flourish for some time now, and believe I found it this week with my latest purchase from Cutting Edge Crafts which you can see in the top right hand corner of this LO, cut from Poundland felt. It is Sizzix Bigz die Flourish & Leaf 656560 and I can see me using it a lot as it is a great size for both cards and scrapbooking.

AAAARgh...I've just spotted that I've put  2011 instead of 2010 on the LO. Off to fix it . . .

. . .{10 minutes later} Well that was easier than I thought, thanks to the journalling still being up on my computer screen all ready to print out again with the amendment. I haven't taken a new photo, just used the truly fantastic Photosuite 7 to remove the offending digit and clone in a new one.  I love a happy ending. :)

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Mountain bike race

Here's a LO I did this afternoon of my DS at a recent mountain bike race. I love this photo as it is so difficult to get a natural photo of DS as he plays up whenever he sees the camera come out, and there are only so many photos of him pulling a stupid face that I want in my albums lol. I used this My Mind's Eye Complete Boy paper stack which I bought  from Michael's with a 40% off coupon when we were in New York in October.  I was so chuffed to get it as I'd seen it in Hobbycraft for a silly amount of money so I reluctantly left it on the shelf. When I saw it at Michael's, I snapped it up, not least because it justified me dragging my family off the beaten track, well away from the tourist bus route in search of the Michael's store I knew was there somewhere. I've used it so much already, and as there are 180 sheets in the stack, I've hardly made a dent in it.
Regular readers may spot some of those K & Co embellishments I bought the other week on this LO too (only 665 to go), including of all things, a wee white cow embellishment, surely  included in the pack especially for this LO!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Butterfly card

I had a little trip in to my local craft shop today and picked up a Big and Juicy ink pad for £9.50 and this Dovecraft decoupage punch for £5.

I wanted a butterfly punch as I've seen some tutorials on line I want to try, where a Stampin Up butterfly punch is used to make the most beautiful sweet peas. I was given an SU butterfly punch a few years ago and gave it away to a friend's little girl as I couldn't imagine every using it. Doh! I think this punch may be a little small for the flowers, but it makes the cutest butterflies, so all is not lost. I inked the edges with the new ink pad and this card was literally made within an hour of returning home from the shops. Not bad! I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder, a sentiment from The Works and some Stickles here and there. I'm entering this card in to the Papertake Weekly anything goes challenge, Secret Crafter butterfly challenge and Shelley's Images gettin' punchy challenge.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Another win!

I'm absolutely delighted to say that I have won the green and yellow colour challenge over at The Ribbon Girl  with this card. What a bit of luck! The prize is a special occasion ribbon kit (I've chosen yellow), and a £10 voucher for Lili of the Valley and I already know exactly what I'm going to spend the voucher on as I've been eyeing up some very cute stamps there since they launched a few weeks ago. A huge thanks to both The Ribbon Girl and LOTV for their prizes.

Monday, 4 April 2011

20th anniversary card

Twenty years ago, DH and I, and many of our friends tied the knot, so I'll have a few of these anniversary cards to make over the coming months.
I've made this one using the Sketch 'n' Stash challenge 58 sketch. I used papers from one of the fab Self-addressed monthly kits I used to get from the US but are sadly no longer on the go. I used to love getting my box of goodies each month, especially as the kits always included a great range of embellishments, and rubber stamps from Purple Onion Designs . This particular kit is years old and I'm down to the last few scraps. I've made another anniversary card from this kit which I'll post later.
I have enough paper to sink a battleship so I don't really want a paper based monthly kit, but I've stayed on the look-out for a kit that has a small amount of lots of different embellishments but have never really found one that fits the bill so if anyone can suggest one, please do.