Saturday, 31 March 2007
Well the brown card below, is my second attempt! My sentiment is stamped in very dark brown, which might as well be black!!!
The first card, I thought was shades of pink, but one of the papers looked far too lilac for me. So I made another card. I have a love of brown & finally got my hands on some brown blooms to go with the papers I picked up weeks ago.
Thursday, 29 March 2007
Wednesday, 28 March 2007
Paper, Dovecraft Aquamarine. Yellow textured card DCWV (from the baby stack).
Papermania small round metal rim tag. Rick rac & bow, market stall. Fake Sunflower, from my kitchen ( I have then in a metal pitcher!!) Yellow floral disc in centre of metal tag, craft centre in local garden centre, mini safety pin, Artbase. Small bunch of sunflowers from a 3D sticker pack I got yonks ago. Sunshine done in Wordart on computer.
This card is to say Thank You to my sister for these fantastic flowers & for the cheque she sent me. I can think of a lot of things to buy with it, but being a relatively good Pixie right now...lol... I am going to buy some clothes for my work wardrobe!
Tuesday, 27 March 2007
I truly do.
I kept the card quite plain as I adore these Far East textured papers from DCWV. I cut the butterfly from another scetion of this sheet & stuck on the bling to look like cherry blossom..
I made it yesterday but it was just too dark to get a decent photo, you know how it is!!!
Monday, 26 March 2007
she bought me a fabulous lavender neck pillow which is very good (been used 4 times now!!)
I used the tag shape inspired by a card one of my teamies made for me & the papers are Dovecraft Aquamarine. Blossoms by prima a birthday stash pressie.
I had a lovely weekend with my Dad. We went to Great Limber to my fav pub New Inn for a steak. Their food is amazing. then we had drinks in Dad's local social club.
Sunday we played around with Paintshop pro 9, I only had version 7, but now got my mitts on 9 along with half of my Dad's Australia photos. No excuse for not scrapping now, I have a lot of pics to play with!!!!
We played around with the photo of me (used in profile & post below) adding coloured backgrounds it was fun. If you are viewing this through IE6, then the profile is at the bottom & the side bar empty. If you have IE7, then everything is okay. I thought I broke the blog, but it is the version of internet you browse with. Dad has both one on each computer & that's when I found this out!!!
Saturday, 24 March 2007
Spring Theme 10pts well it is my birthday & it is March, springtime.
Pink for Mother's Day 10pts pink flowers & card journal strips
Single picture 5pts pencil lines sketch had 3 but I didnt need more with this pic.
at least 1 bloom 5pts I've used 6. 30 bonus points 40 total.
Chipboard flower relief painted purple, flower in the middle of it has a purple dragonfly brad.
Flowers given to me for my birthday from Pearl & also from my teamie Rach.
Ornate photo corner also a birthday gift...
Well this week has been pretty amazing. I have had such a fantastic time & I got the photos back from the photographer on Thursday night. They are fab. This is one of my particular favs as I look natural as opposed to posing for the camera. My Dad & sister will each get a copy to remind them of this milestone in my life.
I fully lived up to my HAPPY word this week. I really do feel quite different. Full of excitement of good things to come. Here's hoping, I am some 10 years behind on good stuff!!!
Due to reasons I can't explain on here, I can't do the DCM card dare this week. It would be too hurtful for others.
Tonight I am going out for a meal with my Dad & might not get back here until Sunday evening, so have great weekends all, whatever you are up to.xx
Thursday, 22 March 2007
This card was made for Louise, who made my birthday truly memorable & special by organizing the staff collection & booking the make up, nails & photo session. The photo session was part of her gift to me. she got me the gorgeous teddy who is named Ebbets, by the makers. He is a limited edition bear. Then she bought me tea & spent the night getting merry with her partner, Pete, & I.
She loves the colour purple so I went with this oriental theme using my new Far East papers from DCWV.
The fans are made from strips of the paper & have tiny bling on them.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
The theme was Get Well & I took the idea from one of my birthday cards, using the rest of the sheet of paper from the AJ card. The flower brads, I've had a while & can't remember the make as they are in tiny boxes these days but the name Accentz springs to mind. Silver peel offs corners to finish. Now I need to wait for someone to tell me they are sick.
Tuesday, 20 March 2007
It was a totally amazing day & I have tried to take photos of most of my gifts. the ones not shown are a Lavender neck wrap, some skin stuff & a prison break magazine! Oh & some fun knickers my mate got me with Wentworth Miller's name on!!!!
One of these pictures is a table groaning with fabulous stash I was given/bought with gift voucher. then there are the cards. I know some are still in the post & never mind, it is still my birthday until 19th March 2008!!!
Well I best make better use of my morning off & do some crafting!!!!
Monday, 19 March 2007
I'm told Life now begins & I really hope this is the case.
I was told my surprise for the day last night. My friend has booked me in for a French Manicure & full face make up before being taken to a professional photographer for a portrait photo shoot!!!!!!
I get a free photo too, but there is the option to buy some more. So I am quite excited, but nervous. I hate my photo taken. I'm sure he/she will do a fab job & I hope to share the pic with you all soon.
Deciding what to wear was the fun part, but I have decided on my black gown that I wore for my sister's recent wedding.
So far I have some amazing cards & gifts. Thank You all so far for the wonderful wishes, the cards & the pressies!!!
I will show & tell later in the week. Right now I need to get myself another big mug of tea!!!
Sunday, 18 March 2007
Saturday, 17 March 2007
Firstly make a list of 10-20 crafty items you have in your stash, whether it be brads, ribbons, peel-off's, craft robo, dies, stamps, glittter, buttons, flowers, patterned papers, paint... You get the idea! Give them all a number or print them out a sheet and pop them in a hat all folded up.
Next, ask someone non-crafty to either pick 3-5 of your numbers or pieces of paper from your from your hat.
Finally, make a card using ONLY the items chosen. A card blank, some sort of sticky stuff and your basic craft tools are allowed If you want to make it really challenging, list plenty of items that you haven't used in a while, or thought you may never use again!
My 3-5 items were chosen by a friend seeing as though I'm single
- 2 sheets of textured patterned paper, Far Eastern paper pack from DCWV
- 1 bloom
- 1 Metal tag
- A Versa Mark blue ink pad.
The colours & texture aren't really clear with the poor light
Thursday, 15 March 2007
The papers are Dena's closet. Small blooms are Just flowers large bloom Doodlebug cupcake.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007
Papers are K&Co Juliana & a strip of purple as I had no ribbon that quite went with these colours.
Heart from my GF Pearl (with pink 3D gloss paint border), flowers in 3 sizes Just pots, small square brad, Queen & Co.
I like to make my cards blank sometimes as many people look at some of the ones I have pre made & say, "Oh that would have been perfect if it just said.."
So I add greetings once they decided on the design they want. Many want to include the persons name to make them that little bit more personal, a popular one being To My special Friend, name.
Hope you like this, I plan to do a few more with this sketch in mind, unless mojo clears off while I'm back at work this afternoon!!!! Look I even captured a bit of dappled sunlight for you!
Tuesday, 13 March 2007
Fake floral arrangement from a small shop in Lincoln
Plastic Sunflowers in metal pitcher
Monday, 12 March 2007
I hate Mondays right now. The weekend goes too fast, I woke up to a bright day & all I can think of is the things I could do that time ran out for over the weekend!!!
Sunday, 11 March 2007
I wanted a page to celebrate these three women & what they gave to me as a Creative Legacy.
They feature in an early post on 7th March, my Mum's anniversary.
The background paper is Urban Lily, babylily, Denim Stripe & down the left hand side, I have used the second half of the babylily, denim. (the other piece was last month for the singer collage page I did, which should be in my flickr sidebar, if you dont remember it)
The big button in the centre of the bloom was given to me off Jade's cardi. (she works with me & gives me ribbon & bits from clothing!)
The title was cut from basket weave card & the words were selected by my UKS team mate Annie, a.k.a. ScrapperSlapper. I asked all the girls to help me out as nothing worked!!
The journal tag is hidden behind the photo & I have took a photo of it on its own. The bead can be seen amongst the fibres. Another of the bits Gillian gave me. There are still more bits left & still one sheet of paper, so we will see what I can produce from that!!!!!!
Saturday, 10 March 2007
It's getting harder to find videos that will actually play. This one is okay but there is an annoying advert first!!!!!
Fading Like A Flower - Roxette.
I have made a layout, but the camera batteries are on charge so I will have to share in the morning.
Thought I'd do the cosmetic changes now to save time.
Friday, 9 March 2007
Today's dare is Jo & she say's, I challenge you to make a hero themed card. It could be a card for the Hero in your life or a Superhero themed card....
I often make cards to send as little notes & this is one to put on stand by for a friend who loves to shop, loves bling 'n' things & is taking an improtant exam in a weeks time. So this fun card will be going to her whether she passes or not, though I have every confidence she will.
Papers are papermania, stamps free in PI, pink bling stones also papermania.
I love pink & black together as much as I love pink & chocolate. I know Louise does too.
Good news, I think my mojo is returning. It visited me yesterday & I have a half finished 12" layout, which I am very pleased with. I'm using the other half of the Urban Lily, Babylily, Denim paper I used on my Sewing machine collage. The card dare is up at 10am, & I'm hoping for a weekend of crafting, in between various appointments I have arranged, because it is finally Friday!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, 8 March 2007
This week we were given a recipe again. Make whatever you want as long as you use 3 different patterned papers, 3 buttons & 3 ribbons.
Papers are K&Co, La Boutique. Flowers are from a string of lace purchased on a market stall & the individual flowers cut free. Buttons papermania. Ribbons are a mix & I used 3 different ones.
Centre floral was from the market, spotted blue & silver lemon are sticky ribbon from papermania.
The card is actually made to say thank you to someone who altered a pair of trousers for me. My suit is getting worn & I needed more trousers for work, but being small, 4ft 11in it is a nightmare. Short length used to be 27", I am 26 1/2". Now short is 29". So tell me, go on, who decided to raise the height for short people, are we migets if we are under???
Wednesday, 7 March 2007
Tuesday, 6 March 2007
Sadly the light reflects on them a bit & you can't quite see the white stickers on the inspire card. A picture of the books beside my bed. Reading fills my head with creative words which can often translate to designs.
Shoes, I hate them!!! The pair pictured are a year old & it has taken me a year to be able to wear them without bleeding & blistering!! I bought two pairs exactly the same as the first pair were so comfy I wore them until they dropped off my feet. This pair were hideous!!
The middle card was orignally be going to be my BIL, Nigel, who i miss very much. Then I thought about Grandma who I also miss & my Mum, who I can barely remember but miss a lot all the same.
I will be posting about my Mum tomorrow.
Monday, 5 March 2007
I came home & made it straight away. I didn't feel daunted as I have done for the last few days.
I still have one to make for another colleague, but I am happy that I could make this.
I have 3 Art Journal cards to make now & I think two are going to be so simple. I have a desire for small. The space isn't too hard to fill. I really hope I can go back to a 12" page soon as I have a great idea to do with the book extract. I just can't get it to work for me!! Perhaps reading all weekend has taken my mind off everything. I am still tired but feeling great to have no pain in my mouth & the sniffles are going slowly.
Sunday, 4 March 2007
None of my pages are working & I think I need a break. So after some housework, I read lots. I often finding reading novels fills me with creative ideas.
The new pencil lines sketch goes live at 8pm, so who knows I might just get back some inspiration.....
Meanwhile onto the Sunday blog Prompt by Scrappyfairy on UKS......
I have thought about today's prompt - it was inspired by one of our residents that has an OCD - and has a strict regime of moves around the house before he can move on with his day.. so the question is"Are you superstitious, or do you have an OCD style need to do certain things in certain situations? Do you know why you are superstitious?"
Oh boy am I superstitious!!!!
I'm paranoid about magpies, though I know darn well whether you speak to them or not doesn't make the blind bit of difference, I do it anyhow!
Ladders don't bother me, but then you aren't going to walk under something in case some one drops something on your clean suit (well I know mine is machine washable but can't get out of work because it isn't clean!!)
I always say White Rabbits & will not have a calendar showing on the last day of the month. I turn them over faced down so no one can see them until the day changes!!!! Why, I can't tell you!!!
My Grandma was very superstitious & she had a thing about washing on a certain day of the year. It must not be done as it would wash people away. I can't for the life of me remember which day it was but it worried me. She would also refuse to have blue & green together. I personally think they look great but it was a sign of death for her.
As for OCD's. Mine has to be re arranging things when people move them. If a placemat is moved the wrong side of the coffee table, or cushions sat on, I will wait politely for them to leave then everything has to be put back!!! I'm not obssessionally tidy, but my motto is "a place for everything & everything in its place". I'm not super house proud, but things do have homes & i like them there!!
So hey, perhaps I am!!!!
Saturday, 3 March 2007
Well, to be honest, I don't have A signature design. Every card I design is usually for a purpose & I very rarely make two the same. Except when asked if I have made something & two people want it!!!
However, if I am to truly step out of my comfort zone, then it is to copy someone else's design.
I only make my own so copying someone else's is scary.
I saw this design by Brenda Walton, a designer for the company K&Co.
I have adapted it of course to make it my own, but it appealed to me.
It is based on an envelope & I have used a big metal floral brad & label tag, which I very recently recieved from a dear friend, Pearl.
Papers are K&Co. Pansy at the bottom of the card is a real pressed one.