Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Top Tip Tuesday #49 Shabby Chic

Morning all, well now is the official countdown, only 8 days till my big girl has her 1st day at big school! How time has flown! Washed all her uniform ready and were having 'practice runs' for getting up in the mornings now, just so were all used to it! 

Well im here to share with you the challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday this week, and man was this out of my comfort zone! This week were looking for you

Shabby Chic Creations

Now as we have had a few people leave the team the last couple of weeks, it left this week slightly open the theme was set and so we have all decided that we will give you our own interpretation of what we believe shabby chick is, here is my inspiration for you!

To me Shabby Chic is plain and subtle, its not a plain white, its an off white blended with subtle pinks and greens, it flows, its warm and welcoming.   I had spent so long looking about for inspiration searching key words and looking at others creations.... and then took the card blank in one hand, papers in the other and then tried not to think too much about what I was doing! 

I was rather impressed at what I came up with.  The papers is from a set I purchased from Stitchy Bear, I just fell in love with this one when i first saw it, I tried everything to create what I wanted to... I tried digi images, stamped images, die cuts and couldn't fill it, then i remembered something a friend said to me last week....  

Its Difficult ti say what is impossible,
for the dream of yesterday
is the hope of today 
and the reality of tomorrow

I have no idea where the saying is from but felt it fitted here rather nicely! 

I printed the wording from my computer and used my nestabilities to cut it out, i used my cats eye chalk ink pad around the side and then mounted it onto a piece of cream shimmer bazzill to tie it in a bit more.

I then printed the backing paper again but changed the opacity of the image using my word document and printed this on A4 to make an insert. 

So all in all yes I was scared when I saw the challenge, but I would like to say I would love to make another Shabby Chic creation as it was lots of fun! 

I would like to enter this card to the following challenges;

Heart Song Inspiration - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
All Things Unity - Anything Goes

Well I hope I have inspired you to join us this week,  I would love to know what you think of my creations, if you have time let me know! Look forward to seeing what you create,

Good Luck 


Monday, 29 August 2011

AHHHH An Order!

Evening all, well were home from holiday, been home a few days but been so busy with washing and two kids that have been given far too much attention last week that cant cope with the fact that mummy has stuff to do,  I have not had much time to get on here! 

I have been trying to catch up on orders that I have had, they are all for friends and so know there may be a time delay, they are all pretty cool about it - I ask them a month in advance if they want anything!  

1st of all this morning I had to complete a card for my friend, she was meant to pick it up last night but she was caught in traffic and so went strait to the party! Here is the card I made for her! 

She asked for a card for a girl who was 10 - 10... what are 10 year old girls into?!! 
She wanted it in pinks and purples, I was hoping that I had more purple card stock, but I didn't have any that would match! I did colour some of the image in purple though! I used a DL card blank and Bazzil stock - AHHH I love that pink colour! Its FAB and FUNKY!

I layered the image on black and then on pink and black again! I added stick on gems to each corner just to bling it up a bit! Every girl loves shiny things! 

Heres a close up of the image! I love and and have soo loved colouring her, i used a mix between my promarkers and my flex markers, i'm starting love love my flex markers too now, need to practice more with them thought! 

I have entered this card to the following challenges;

Sugar Nellies Facebook Challenge - Black
Stamps R Us - Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge - Anything But Square

I was also over the moon that I have had another order in for 'Save The Date' cards! and I have even managed to complete them in one night! So they will be going off to the couple in the next 24 hours.  

Here is a photo of them!

So love this design, its so simple and yet has such a clout to it! I know the person that has ordered these will be over the moon when they receive them!

Well i need to hit the sack, another early start tomorrow and so hope to get a bit more time crafting, considering moving the freezer out from the cupboard and locking myself in there with a 'disturb at your own risk' sign, i have had serious withdrawal symptoms from crafting last week and need a good old session to feed the pain! 

Will see you all Tomorrow!


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Top Tip Tuesday #48 Masculine Creations

Morning all, well another week has flown by, the kids will be back at school before we know it! I know I was saying a couple of weeks back roll on back to school, but i'm kinda sad now that its so close! Went out last week and brought Amelias 1st pair of school shoes, cant believe it has come round so fast! 

Yesterday was my 25th birthday! had a rather quiet day, but enjoyed it, had to pack and make sure all the housework was up to date as we are going on holiday - only to the south coast for a few days but man am i looking forward to it!

Well i'm here to share with you the challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday this week, we are looking for

Masculine Creations

Well I know how I struggle with creations for my husband, dad, father-in-law ect. so this week challenged me a bit more!  there is only so much decoupage I can bare to look at and do, let alone keep sending it to people year after year! 

So I decided to purchase a few 'male' digis and see how I got on. 

Well I was very impressed with ones self when I looked at it all together.... The digi is from Tickled Pink Stamps, I have quite a few of them now and have never really coloured many up till now... Been on a mission of colouring, now one must create ore and more! 

This is Luca, he can be found on the Tickled Pink Shop Here.  I was so worried about colouring him, but he was easier than I thought... OK so I was relying on the fab new fine tips for my pro-markers to help me out, but they did the job!  I coloured him using Warm Grey 4 and 5, Blush, Ice Grey 1 and Poppy to colour him in.  I cut him out and mounted him onto some red bazzil from my stash.  

The backing paper is one that I found on the internet, I just did a google search for free playing card DP and saw this one, I printed it onto a4 paper and the mounted it onto white card.  The sentiment i just typed on my computer, played with the font printed and cut it, then mounted it onto red bazzill again! 

The small playing cards in the top right corner are from Printable Heaven, they have some fab papers over there and they are not too expensive either! 

Well I hope you like what I have created and that you will join in with us this week at Top Tip Tuesday! Please hop over to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have created and if you have time please show them a bit of love and leave a comment, we all love to read what you think! 

before I go I would like to enter this card to the following challenges;

Cards for Men - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Make It Masculine
Sparkles Forum - For The Boys

Look forward to seeing your creations 


Friday, 19 August 2011

An Attempt!

Morning all, well I wanted t try and blog all of these yesterday but time ran away and I got an early night in, althoug it didnt go to plan as the youngest was unwell again! Oh the joys of parenthood! 
Well this is the final card that I made yesterday, not sure on it my self but thought I would share it with you for your opinions! 

I love the image its from Tickled Pink Stamps, I have quite a collection of these now but never feel that i colour them right, i think its each to their own! I coloured her using my promarkers using;

Blossom, Lilac, Emerald green, Pastel Beige, Caramel, Raw Sienna, Cocoa, Amethyst and Aubergine. 

I know the flowery paper is an American Crafts sheet called P-Funk.

The flowers were just from my stash (my oh my do i have a stash now!) I decided to try and put pink in there too, but not sure if it works!

Below are a couple of closer pictures of the image, it has been pointed out to try and put shading in her eyes, I will try that one next time...

I also think I should have put more dark purple in the hat for the shadow...
The image was printed and then I die cut it using my spellbinders, I used one of my gelly roll pens around the edge for faux stitching and also made it darker by using a fine liner pen too!around

The one bit I was impressed with was the colouring on her dress, turned out just as I wanted it|!

I have decided that I will enter it into a challenge,

Tickled Pink Challenges - Anything Goes

Well i'm open to any advise on this one! 
Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Welcome Baby...

Evening, well I have had a very productive day! I have managed to create three cards in one day....

WOW I hear you say, yes it appears that my Mojo has returned, for how long I don't know!? but hopefully she is here for a while, although next week she will be on holiday! Im going away with the family for a few days, I cant wait! 

Well onto show you the 2nd creation from today! This time I have used the lovely digi from Sugar nellies - Bambino, ohh this one will always be one of my favourite! 

Looking at him now im still not sure on him! I think its too white! he is mounted on blue and there is blue ink around the edge but its lacking! maybe I will try and add flowers next time! 

heres a close up of what he looks like, this is such a fab digi to colour as the shading is already there for you! You can colour it in one colour if you want! Thanks why i love it and for new baby cards and christenings its fab! 

I used two colours on the skin tone this time! I used Blush and Dusky Pink, but you cant really see it! I used pastel Blue and Denim Blue on his hat and pastel beige on the blanket and the bobbles on his hat!

I would like to enter this card to the following challenges;

Sugar bowl - Sketch and blue (optional)
Art Impression Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy - Anything goes 
Cooking it up with katie - Die Cut Banner and Ribbon

1st Christmas Card of 2011


How are we all today?  I have been very busy inking up all my new stamps! but I did have a slight accident with one! I love to have my stamps mounted so they are quicker to stick to my block and so I can get on! Well stood there happily mounting yesterday and one of my new stamps (never inked) had the top of her shoe cut off! I was so up-set, think i will still be able to use her though! Will just have to get good at drawing the end of her shoe in! 

Well I have been colouring too and today I have managed to create a card! At last I hear you cry! and to top it all, its a Christmas Card! Im so happy with my self! Trying to get organised while I can, still no news on the house and so I think with it being nearly September I should get on with Christmas just incase it all happens around then! 

This is one of the beautiful stamps from Sugar Nellies called Puss in Boots available from here.  Those robins are just adorable! and the cat has such a smile on his face, what a lovely festive stamp! 

I stamped the image and cut around the shape using my nestabilities, I love this shape at the moment! You will be seeing it a lot! I sis cheet, I cannot get to grips with the whole cutting in here and laying it over the top on the nesties, so i penciled the shape around the image and cut it by hand.  The lovely little sparkles are from Papermania, i purchased a load of them a few weeks ago, they are all different sizes and give fab effects!

The sentiment I have used is from Lili of the valley, I love the sentiments, so quick and easy to use but give such fab effects! 

Well i hope you like my card, I would like to enter this card into a few challenges;

AI Factory - Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - Q is for Quote

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear what you think of my creations! See you soon! 


Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Ahhh A post from me!

Evening all, well how are we?  Well I have been spending a lot of time colouring as the Mojo kind of disappeared! but i think its coming back now.  I have had one of those evenings, where I have been colouring lots all at the same time I have been keeping notes as to what colours I used so I can share them with you... well do you think i can find the book with it all in?! NO, its done a bunk on me and i'm not happy as it had a few images in with it too, I mean its an A4 book - How do you loose and A4 book?!? 

Lets start on the important notes!

1st of all I need to tell you all about the big 1st birthday bash that will be happening over at the top tip tuesday bog on the 6th September!! We have so many prizes, I think we were all amazed at what will be available that week! From digi images to die cuts goodie bags and more, but we need your help.  We are allowing you lovely people to choose the theme for the week, all you need to do it pop over to the TTT blog and vote! 

This week the theme on the TTT blog is

'Thank You'

I tried so hard to get something done but time is flying at the moment, will be glad when the kids are back to school! Also the fab Maggie has done a brilliant tutorial for you all...  

Centre Step Card Tutorial!

its brill and I for one cant wait to try it, lets hope this week brings some peace and quiet!

I hope you will pop over to see the tutorial and maybe join us at Top Tip Tuesday for the challenge, I look forward to seeing your creations - Plus if your there REMEMBER TO VOTE!!!!

Ok so thats the important stuff out the way! I will now share a card with you! I have a little thing at the moment for Sugar Nellie Stamps... they are all so lovely and the draw is overflowing with stamps again now! If you haven't seen them before you need to pop to Funky Kits, such a fab service!!! So I decided that I was going to enter a card to the sketch at the Sugar Bowl,

When i look a all the other entries... well i know i could have done better but i'm not used to sketches and i still struggle with using different papers together... I get so scared!!! But i have tried and for me at the moment its better than having not done anything at all!!! 

Now i can tell you that the pillows were coloured using my new 'flex markers', yes I caved in and purchased them... still getting used to them but so far, I like them, cant wait for the new colours in sept! I cant even tell you what the papers as they are all scraps from the draw!

Well I would like to enter this card to a few challenges....

City Crafter - Scrap Happy
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
The Sugar Bowl - Sketch and Blue

Would love to hear what you all think! 


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Top Tip Tuesday #46 Strait Edges

Morning all well its been a while, what with school holidays, visiting family for a few days and then having nasty colds i haven't been up to much! Not had the energy to craft and the 'crafty bug' did a bunk again, but the good news is that everything is on the up! Im feeling better and kids holidays are perking up with the weather being more positive! 

Unfortunately I havent a card to share with you this week, but I so hope you will join in with the challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday this week, its a nice easy one...

Strait Edges

I feel pretty pants for it as I wish I had felt up to it a bit more! But it was a bit of a scary week for me this week as I have done my 1st tutorial for Top Tip Tuesday! Oh boy did I panic about it, hoped all week last week that I would have the get up and go to do it earlier and play a bit more my-self, but it wasn't until Sunday that I got the energy! Since then I have done nothing but craft! 

Well I look forward to seeing your creations this week and I will be back later with some of my own to share with you 


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