Thursday, March 29, 2012

Easter time

Im still feeling unwell but i couldnt resist using my new goodies.
As Easter is almost upon us and I wanted to make a cute card because I had some lovely Easter papers that were in the first edition spring drop pad, I used magnolia stamps and coloured them in promarkers. I saw a fellow blogger the lovely karen using cloud die cuts on her card and it looked lovely so i decided to give it a go unfortunately I don't have that die so I hand cut mine. I inked the edges with stampin up ink pads, then edged everything in stardust stickles. All of the embellishments including the pearl trim are from wild orchid crafts.
Im entering this in the following challenges
Cute card Thursday - Easter
Simon says stamp - anything goes
I love Promarkers - bead it

Feeling sorry for myself

Why is it when you've got so many things to do you never get round to doing them. I'm full of cold and although I've never suffered with hay fever i fear it may be starting, I've got pain in my nose and my eyes and nose are streaming so much you'd think I was crying eyes out. Being a woman though we just get on with it, I'm still going to work but don't feel up to doing much else, that was until today!
I received some parcels from the postman a lovely delivery from wild orchid crafts and some eBay parcels, I'm also waiting on some lush ribbons and my lili of the valley stamps, I'm going to wait until tea is out of the way then I'm going to get started on this new stash, here's a peek of a few of my new deliveries, I'm just loving the new cameos, in fact I love them so much I've ordered 300 from china so I will be sharing a few of them when they arrive just drop me a line and when they arrive I'll send some to you.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

stepper card

Another bright card today again this is using one of my new stamps, i really do need some new flowers as im slowly running out so ive use dread on this card because i didnt have any yellow/orange left i know i could of stained them but my mind wasnt 100% on the job, ill tell you more about that another time.
The images are cupcake kids by splodge away, available from suzicraft soon. Ive coloured them with both promarkers and distress inks, the stepper card is handmade just folded from a 5 x 7 card blank. ive used some really old basic grey papers, the sentiment is stampin' up the flourish was cut on the cricut.
Im sure i said i wasnt too fussed on orange and purple, then why is it ive made a glutton of orange cards lately???
Note to oneself i must not use orange for the next card

Although the sun has been shining today i havnt been sat out in it, im not one to really like sitting in the sun, give me a pool to lay in and im happy, but just sitting!!! (no thanks, id rather sit inside, am i strange?) That might explain why im a lighter shade of Pale.

Monday, March 26, 2012

spring has sprung

here is another of yesterdays makes, i was inspired by the gorgeous spring weather we are having, all the daffs are fully in bloom and the gardens are a sea of yellow, so i chose to transfer that to my card.

Ive used a lili of the valley stamp coloured with distress inks and edged with distress inks and stickles. the flowers are WOC the leave ribbon was from an old kit, papers are we are memory keepers, websters pages and first edition.

I am on my last day off today ive enjoyed a lovely long weekend with the family. It wont be long untill the next one the kids break up from school on friday for the easter break 2 weeks of fun, ill will share the long weekend but then back to work for me :(

Im going to have a browse now and see what challenges my card will fit.

I love promarkers - 3 different papers

Sunday, March 25, 2012

something to share and exciting news

after a famine of crafting ive finally had my feast today, i havnt made anything since tuesday and was nearly a little rusty lol.
The card im sharing today showcases one of my very own stamp designs (yay!! excitement) This is one of a collection of 10 called cupcake kids, they are supplied by splodge away and will be available from suzicraft soon.
The papers are all MME and have all been distressed with walnut stain and the edges glittered with stickles paprika and gold. The image was coloured with distress inks, the stars and sentiment cut on the cricut and the ribbon is east of India.

I will be giving you more sneak peaks of the new stamps in due course.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Papertake weekly - BINGO diecuts, free and glitter
cute card Thursday - anything goes
Stampin for the weekend - anything goes

Saturday, March 24, 2012

burnt out

I'm so sorry for not having any updates for you, just letting you know im still around lol, i think ive burnt the candle at both ends a little too often over the last week or so, i felt burnt out i havnt had any energy to do a thing, ive had a couple of days off work to recharge my batteries but not produced much craftyness although i have been on a crafty shopping spree, i visited suzicrafts and bought a few staples card blanks, card stock and stickles. i also went to hobbycraft (usually overpriced) and got a few bargains, flowers, adhesive and promarkers. Then ive had an online shop of card boxes, seam bindings, adhesive and stamps (please dont let the bank manager see this!)
with any luck after ive done lunch tomorrow im going to play in my crafty cubbyhole all afternoon and evening, fingers crossed ill have something to share x

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

lots of sparkle

I had a request for a large easel christening card, with only one days notice so i used my trusty LOTV image as i didnt have time to search through stamps for an alternative image. i worked on it until almost 11.00pm (and i had an early start at work the next morning) but it was all worth it when i was well received, i took the photos last night when i had finished as i didnt have time to wait until daylight, you always get a better sparkle at night but lots of shadows, during the day you get a crisp image but loose the sparkle. The picture was taken on the iPhone so its captured the sparkle but the image isnt as good quality as i prefer.

The papers are by first edition and have been distressed with walnut stain then edged in gold stickles, the image was coloured with distress inks, i will link it with some challenges when ive had a browse to see where it will fit.

Im linking it to Simon says stamp bit o green

Crazy for challenges - green
Im not sure ill have a card for to show you tomorrow as ive got an early start again in the morning so i may have an early night so that means no crafting :(

Next week there are some new release stamps at Lili of the valley so i had better save some of my pennies so i dont miss out on them

ship ahoy

I think im now on a roll with my magnolias, its like buses none for ages then they all come at once!

Coloured with distress inks using the new splodge away mat, every layer has been stickled and edges distressed with walnut stain, apart from the bazzill the only patterned paper ive used is a cloud one by WMK. the mesh is again from the pack mentioned in Saturdays post (from suzicraft) all the embellishments are cut from the cricut dress up dolls cartridge.
Sorry about the poor pic it was taken on my iphone.

Im entering this in just magnolia challenge - green
The shabby tea room - flags, ive been inspired by the colours duck egg blue/green and ive included a flag
Simon says stamp - bit o green

Monday, March 19, 2012

Not too sure

Yesterday I was pottering in my craft room I started pushing bits of paper around on a card but nothing was coming too me, it just didn't look right so after 20 minutes of staring at it bingo it hit me, the problem was the size of the base card, I changed it from a 5 x 7 to a 6 x 6 then it all just fell into place. I think I over did it on the strong colour for the background , next time I use black soot I will make sure it's more subtle, I think it's all came together pretty well to think at the beginning I was going to give up. The moral of this story is if in doubt change the size lol
Im enetering this into the wild orchid crafts challenge - Bingo, ive used gems, flowers ribbon/lace

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Happy Mothers Day

wishing all you mams (moms, Mums) out there a very happy mothers day. I was so busy making everyone elses mam a mothers day card that i only got around to making my mam one last night.
Again i used the sweet tilda with parasol and made an 8 x8 easel card i distressed it, glittered it used MME papers as well as the freebie websters papges, i used rafia for the bow this was a bargain from suzicrafts, the pack contained 2 pieces of material hessian, rafia, magic mesh type etc in 2 different colours for only 75p needless to say i bought a few diffrent ones. the image was coloured with distress inks.
Im going to be back later to link it up with a few challenges.

here are the challenges im entering this week

simon says stamp - bit o' green
cute card Thursday- 4th birthday celebration
Just Magnolia - green
Today im planning on visiting my mam (i visit her every day so thats nothing different) get a few bits and bobs from the shop then relax and craft, Ashleigh bought me a craft magazine as part of my mothers day pressent only it was one i already had but i was still over the moon as it was the one with the free websters pages and the rate im using them up i will be into the 2nd pad in no time.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

crafty afternoon

Today i was working a short early shift at work 7 till 11 so when i came home i had my cuppa, some lunch and quick chat with martin before he went and got some shut eye (he works nights). I then had the whole afternoon to craft as i didn't even have to go and pick up sam from school.

I decided to make an easel card using a magnolia image tilda with parasol, ive coloured her with a mix of promarkers and distress inks ive also edged everything in a mix of brushed corduroy, tattered rose and walnut stain flowers and also prima chiffon flowers, the centre of the flower is actually a snowflake button from dress it up, the leaves, corners and butterfly were cut on the cricut, the greeting wqs generated on the computer and everything is edged with a sparkle of stickles. Im going to enter tis card in the following challenges

simply magnolia anything goes
cute card Thursday birthday or celebration
Do You Stack Up favourite colour
Papertake weekly one for the girls

Im going to visit my local craft shop tomorrow (suzicraft) as ive got the whole day off to get crafty, i shall be a happy bunny :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

House Mouse

My house mouse stamps have been very neglected of late, so ive dug one out for this mothers day card, i love house mouse and have done since i first started crafting, they were hard to come by in the uk so i remember spending a small fortune ordering them from house mouse in America, unfortunately i gave up crafting for a couple of years and sold almost all of my stamps but im in the process of building them back up again.

Ive coloured it with promarkers and distressed with tattered rose ink, the papers are websters pages, again from the freebie with the magazine, hand rolled flowers and seam binding which ive pleated along the bottom, everything is edged with stardust stickles.

Im entering this in the following challenges:

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mother's Day

one of the many cards ive made for mother's day, this one has a vintage feel to it, ive used a LOTV stamp and this time ive stamped it in memento London fog as i wanted a more softer outline rather than the harsh black, i coloured it with my trusty promarkers and edged everything in distress inks walnut stain and stickles, the leaves were a negative from some leaves id cut from the cricut and i simply put patterned paper behind it, its a good use for something i would of thrown away. The patterned papers are websters pages, as are the handmade flowers.


Im entering this into the following challenges
make it mondays -anything goes

Papertake weekly -anything goes

sweet baby girls christening

I had a commission to make a christening card for a sweet little girl, and i couldnt think of no better image than the LOTV christening stamp. ive coloured with promarkers, the papers ive used are first edition spring drop and websters pages which were a freebie with this months simply cards and papercraft magazine.ive added 2 types of ribbon and used a lace punch the flowers are Wild orchid crafts the leaves are cut on the cricut, ive also added stickles and a few dew drops to finish.
Im entering this card into lili's little fairies LOTV challenge blog ribbon and lace, there are some amazing entries pop on over and have a look.

Ive got a late start at work today so im going to make a start on a few of the mothers day card orders before i go.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

clean and tidy

Oh my god im wondering just how my craft room got so untidy, ive been in there so much the last few weeks but had no time to tidy as i was going along so today was the day to tackle the mess. Ive spent a couple of hours throwing tiny scraps out, sorting card stock into colour family and sorting out all my patterned papers inks are all put away in their right full places and generally its looking some what clean and tidy. the reorganisation and tidiness prompted me to make a card ive made a thank you card this is to go in my emergency stock card box.
The flag was made from east of india ribbon, the sentiment is MME and the magnolia image was coloured with promarkers.
Im entering this in the following challenge cupcake inspirations

Im in the process of making a christening card and a few mothers day cards so hopefully my blog wont be neglected next week ill have lots to show.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Get well soon

ive made a get well card today especially to fit in with a challenge at less is more -neutrals you can use any neutral colour ive used cream and brown, the dandelion stamp has been clear embossed twice and the other one coated in stamp and stick then glittered, i cant remember the greeting as ive had it years, its a clear stamp not in its original packet :( the ribbon is by East of India.pop on over to less is more and see all the other lovely creations.

Up all night

All work has been delivered, and was well received so I just have to be a little patient until all is revealed. It was a few long nights getting every thing finished so im glad of my day off, I need to catch up on sleep to stop the stinging sensation in my eyes.
On to todays card a very simple one the papers are from my local craft shop suzicrafts lots of barn door distress inks and a simple sentiment generated on the computer.
Mams in hospital today so I hope her op goes well, my uncle is still on intensive care but is making slight improvements

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


ive got nothing (nada, nowt) at all to show you today, but that doesnt mean ive been a lazy bum, oh no! ive been so busy my eyes are stinging as ive been burning the midnight oil, ive had lots of things to keep me busy(but cant tell you just yet), i could of shown you an older card but whats the point youve seen it all before.
I will be back later tonight or tomorrow with a card, as now all my secret work has been completed i can go back to just playing again.
Because i dont want you to of had a wasted journey hop on over to kaths blog here for some lovely candy from ribbon girl
My uncle had his operation yesterday, he was in surgery for 10 hours and is now in intensive care so weve all been saying lots of prayers and hope hell be well , fit and strong soon.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Peaches and Cream

I was going to enter this card into lili's little fairies challenge blog, but i got carried away and ended up using the wrong stamp, i should of used a lili of the valley stamp, but never mind we all have a blonde moment now and again.

Instead ive entered it into a Thursday challenge Do You Stack Up = things with wings, my image has wings so it counts lots of embossing, distressing, wild orchid crafts flowers, liquid pearls, stickles and leaves were cut on the cricut.

Ive also entered into simply magnolia = bling and bows.
sorry the photos not too good it was taken on my iPhone

I havnt been as productive in card making today as i was busy searching and printing verses for a few of my orders, now they are all done and ready to ship out to customers so im one happy bunny.

Back to work tomorrow, my uncle is in hospital at the moment and is due major surgery tomorrow so my mind and thoughts will be with him all day, then later in the week my mam is due surgery so i can see a busy week ahead for me, but im sure ill fit some cards in some where.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

happy Anniversary

Next week is my mother and father in laws anniversary so i set to work on their card, i used one of my favourite lily of the valley images and stamped it on craft card stock then coloured it with distress inks. The paper is K&Co. all of the flourishes, hearts and leaves were cut from the cricut give a hoot cart. flowers are wild orchid crafts, the sentiment is pink gem designs, heart pearls are an eBay purchase and stickles to finish.
Im entering this card in the simon says stamp challenge - anything goes

If you take a look on YouTube here you will see a whole host of tutorials on the new splodge away craft mat, its amazing and worth a look.

Ive had a busy week and today i am on an early shift 7 till 1 (so i scheduled this post as i wasn't getting up before 6am just to do my daily post Lol) tomorrow im going to chill and relax (after ive caught up with the housework) that will leave my evening to be able to tie up a few loose ends in my secret work ( i will spill the beans when i can) and then make a few cards just for fun instead of for commissions.

Friday, March 02, 2012

stampin' for the weekend

Here is the card i made last night (but was too dark to take a photo) it has fit into a couple of challenge blogs
stampin' for the weekend bingo was the game and i picked ribbons/bows, pink and pearls.
Cute card Thursday signs of spring well we do all start hanging out the washing in the spring.

The image was coloured with pro markers, i used spring drop papers, lots of heart pearls and stickles.

Happy Birthday

Yesterday was Ashleighs 15th birthday, and the day was all about spoiling her, she got many lovely things from friends and family and of course plenty of cash to go shopping with!
when i got home from work i didn thave too much time to make any cards, i did however stay up late to make a card for my mother in laws birthday, as always the lighting is no good on a night so later today when ive finished work i will take a photo in the good light and post it.

The card im showing you now is an old one because i didnt want to leave a post with nothing to show, the cupcake was cut with sweet treats cricut cartridge and the papers are MME lots of bling for the sprinkles, the sentiment is hero arts.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

he loves me!

First off i need to give big Happy Birthday wishes to my Daughter Ashleigh, shes 15 today, Where has the time gone?

yesterday's plans didn't quite go the way i expected, i had planned on having an afternoon crafting, but my husband put paid to that , im not angry though im over the moon.

He came home from work last night and had bought me an iPhone!!!!!!!! I lurrrrve him so much xxxxxx

When he woke up (he works nights) he helped me sync it and add music too it, i was like a kid at Christmas i am so excited, ive never been bothered about fancy phones before as long as i can call and text thats all i need, so you can see why this is a big deal for me.

The iPhone pressie means i didnt get to do the cards i intended to finish so ill share an older one with you its a lili of the valley image.

Ive also been doing some secret work for some lovely people, i cant say too much at the minute but watch this space, i hope to spill the beans soon.