Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Monday, 30 July 2007
Blessings is this week's prompt. I sat & wrote a list while waiting for a document to load at work.
Many are basic, such as roof over my head, food to eat. A job. No real Debt. To a warm comfortable bed to sleep in at the end of each day & God to watch over me.
Papers, K&Co La Boutique. Blue Blossom, Scrapfairies. Silver gem, papermania. Scrap blue ribbon from market stall. Blue photo turn & brad, papermania. Quote from a book of quotes I bought with half the pages & both covers missing. The top of the card also has some blue ribbon but it is so sheer it isn't showing up. I loved doing this one.
Sunday, 29 July 2007
Saturday, 28 July 2007
Friday, 27 July 2007
Not a very good photo, the light is appaling here tonight.
This is my card for the latest dare over on DCM.
The checks are the mini gingham bow & squares are on the paper I cut the kite from.
Sheep paper is from a baby girl kit by Traditional American Designs.
Kite tail is a piece of jewellery wire. Kite mounted onto card using
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Now as some regular readers may know I work as an Administrator in Marine Insurance. My company has its own Personal Watercraft Scheme (Jetski's) I've never been on one but like the look of them. So it was only fitting I start with this challenge of holiday & use a Jetski pic!!
Image of girl was taken from a web-link also on Rein's blog, Bill's Antique Photos.
I'm quite chuffed with this & might even make a greetings card from it!
Where do you escape to? was the prompt. Well I love my fabby sofa, but I also love to sit in my window seat, read a good book, drink tea & watch the world go by.
Papers are CherryArte Classic Coffee. Red swirl is papermania foam stamp. Red bloom folded behind clock also papermania. Clock is a transparency inked with raisin & espresso alcohol inks & attached with a metallic brad onto a metal circle tag. Rub on brackets & arrow are Bella. Title is printed onto transparency. Font is Bradley Hand & the flowers are digital doodles by I Made This Today. I even included some hand journalling!! See I'm getting brave!
Had great fun with this.
The layout is based on the fabulous sketch from a site called Gettin' Sketchy. They are brilliant & I hope to use several of them.
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
We met through work & we have such a great laugh when we get together! She, together with her partner, Pete are my partner's in crime!!!
I finished work last night, nipped to the supermarket, ate my evening meal & then took round her card & part of her gift!
The other half still hasn't arrived. It was ordered just before the postal strike & got sent back to its origin!! So I had to re order as they credited my card back. I'm hoping if it comes today at least she can have it on Wednesday when she returns to work.
The card is made using 7Gypsies paper & some Hampton Art clear stamps. Inside the envelope is a funny suprise gift. I didn't want to untie it as it took an age to get the bow fastened!!
Hope you have a great day, Lou & we wil be doing lunch on Wednesday.
Monday, 23 July 2007
Well I had several thoughts on this one, but my mind kept coming back to the same photo so I knew this was the one to go with.
No matter how dark & grey the days, or how tired & weary I sometimes feel, nothing puts a smile on my face quite like a pansy/viola. They have such little, cute smiling faces & they are my second favourite flower, after the daffodil. My third fav being purple/lilac tulips.
This particular one is a photo I took of my friends patio tub. I love the colour.
Saturday, 21 July 2007
This is my third team scraplift. Helen selected the layout this time & it was done by a lady over on UKS by the name of bertiegertie123. Her page is a fabulous colour combination, but if you are not a registered user you can't view the page unfortunately. I chose this picture of my sister's Nephew & Niece, Lewis & Amy on her wedding day at Langley Castle. Papers are SEI, Granny's Kitchen. They really did look like mini royalty on that chair. It reminded me of the Enid Blyton stories I read as a child, The Adventure's of the Wishing chair.
Friday, 20 July 2007
The small white shirt buttons have been alcohol inked using
espresso to age them slightly. This is the only piece of lace I own, sadly, but is the perfect colour.
Very pleased it is Friday today. I feel like it has been two weeks rolled inot one! But, I have almost achieved all my goals. Had no time to throw any extras into the mix, except for my friend Louise's birthday card, but next week will start a relatively blank canvas!
The card for Louise can't be shared until 24th.
Micayla has tagged me as a Rockin' Girl Blogger, so that is twice I have been bestowed & feel truly grateful. Thanks hun.x
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
The challenge was to use "fake" items on our cards.
Faux, being my favourite thing in the absence of real ones,
I still didn't find it easy. Sure making faux buttons, ribbon & photo turns was easy. It was putting them together I had the problem with.
My card mojo is still straining toward the vintage look & I didn't find vintage faux easy to create!! I have got the layouts I planned completed.
I'm all signed up for Shimelle's class, "A Thousand Words" starting 30th July. I only really have my CJ entry & signing in pages to create & I have completed my goals from my AJ card. Then I look forward to all my team mates' CJ's coming my way. We exchange the books in February at our retreat in York. Something to really look forward to.
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
I had no textured white cardstock so had to go with plain. I wanted the photo to be the focal point so chose not to use any patterned paper. I picked the flowers (scrapfairies) to mirror the daffodils. The purity lemon bazzill, is a large tag that tells my love of these simple flowers.
Font Scriptina, printed directly onto the cardstock. Swirls are papermania foam. Buttons also papermania. Letter stickers £1 shop. This was one of my goals. I now how 3 ATC's completed, a card, for a challenge Esther set before going on her hols to use an image Miss Maisie & almost another layout, the inter team scraplift. Just the DCM mid week extra which is nearing completion & then onto the home straight with my CJ entry!!! Phew, this way I get to rest at the weekend.
Monday, 16 July 2007
Emily is back with us for this week's prompt & it was very fitting for me.
My goal for this week is to get craft projects completed.
I have several in varing stages of "just begun" & "almost finished". My goals are balls in the big net of completion!
This week I want them all done. As I am a bit behind on several card sketches. However, at the weekend I did no crafting due to a meal out with all my work colleagues to say farewell to our retired bosses.
They paid for the meal as there way of thanking us for all the work & friendship we had given.
It was a fabulous meal & great, fun night but something disagreed with me & I ended up with mild food poisoning.
Two others also did, so Im not a wuss!!
Anyhow, I feel fine, bit bruised but slept all day yesterday & gladly could have done today too.
I was meant to post a card in this post too but it disappeared.!
Saturday, 14 July 2007
Friday, 13 July 2007
I have absolutely no idea where my sewing basket is. I have loads of press studs, hook & eyes etc.. but where??? So I made this using K&Co Life Journey papers, some old lace & older shirt buttons & in view of my lack of supplies, I used some vintage ephemera to add to the piece.
The photo is some ephemera I picked up along the way. I adore old pictures.
I must get sorted out & tidy up, but the Hospital Consultant insists I rest up every chance I get & to be honest, I find my energy levels somewhat lacking!! Oh well, look on the bright side, this way I get to avoid the big C, & it will only be another 4-6 months before I'm back to normal.
Then I can try & shift this extra weight my body has loaded on to pad the poorly area!!!
I should see this time as an excellent excuse to sleep lazily on my sofa, which is about to have its 1st birthday soon, read books galore & when the energy is high, scrap & craft to my heart's content.
Thursday, 12 July 2007
I actually struggled to get a photo of this page as the green doesn't look true. It is far paler IRL & the pink is less acid. But it shows Then & Now pics of my sister Tracy & I. The bottom pics were taken at her wedding in October last year.
As for anything new, I have two layouts on the go. I have a circle journal practically ready for my first posting. I also have a double page that I started in May & have reached the cruicial stage where if i mess it up, I wreck the whole lot so put it away from meddling pixie fingers!!
I also need to get some more cards made as I sold 20 in two weeks & need to replenish the stocks!! I leave a basket on the filing cabinets at work & people can look whenever they need one.
Tuesday, 10 July 2007
I drew my inspiration for this card from the vivid tangerine orange & the abstract designs & patterns of the decade, which did carry on into the 70's, but was the brainchild of the flower power generation.
My butterflies are tea bag folded. The antenna are small orange & tortoiseshell coloured beads. I stamped the flowers in bright orange directly onto the square blank card & 4 small orange eyelets hold a piece of plain vellum over the top.
The greeting was created in Wordart.
Monday, 9 July 2007
Well I got a La Redoute catalogue through the door & drooled over these t-shirts while watching telly. It was a while before I realised they were actually for kids!! They never had hot clothes like this when I was small. So I cut them out & found all the words from various magazines. (that was the hardest bit, finding the words I wanted!) It was great to make a fun edition to my deck.
Sunday, 8 July 2007
This is me aged 4 1/2 sat on my scooter. Papers are Daisy D's Market Place. The fibre behind the pic was from a bouquet of flowers a colleague recieved for her birthday. It was pink but with a spot of chocolate acrylic paint you'd never guess!!
Friday, 6 July 2007
This weeks's dare is to use text, blocks of text.
Well it certainly got my creativity going this time after the mid week flop. I adore text papers & happen to have these gorgeous 7 gypsies papers, classic. The frame was cut from brown card & had three sides covered with black text & just a stip of the red on the fourth side. The card background was a torn strip of red text & those gorgeous spots. The stamps are various that I have in sets of Travel & Time. The corner was given me by my teamie, Rach. I thought this card had an autumnal feel so went with the pumpkin corner. The weather has certainly been autumnal but if you look closely at my card, I captured a shaft of sunlight!! I aged the stamped clock & the Time is The Key to Life with brown ink but used blakc ink on the rest of the edges.
I used 3D foam to raise the quote & the clock. Well, it is finally the weekend & I can set about decorating my CJ & finishing a scraplift challenge. But first I deserve a well earned soak.
Thursday, 5 July 2007
Today is my sister, Tracy's birthday.
My cat, Thomas was also born this day, he would have been 17 if he were still with me.
I had real fun making this card & didn't really want to give it away when complete!!
I used alcohol inks on the frame. The iris is stamped using the brushless watercolour tehnique onto artists watercolour paper.
Everything was inked within an inch of its life & collaged together. I used an inked ghost heart, my favourite tiny gingham bow & cute letters in shades of purple.
I've been busy making things but everything is in stages of completion. From sketched & materials selected to almost done!!! Some I can't share & some are preparations for my team CJ. I am also doing a 10 wk project about work but haven't got anything other tha ideas down.
I haven't done the DCM mid week dare this week as it just didn't appeal to me. I struggled enough with the last one. I didn't do the One Little Word either as nothing came together in my head & I was too busy preparing for my bosses retirement.
Monday, 2 July 2007
This week's prompt was brought to us by another kind friend of Em's, Margie & the prompt is simply, Celebrate Daughters.
Well I have no daughter, but am one. So here is my sister & I, from many years ago, doing what only daughters do best!!!!
Papers are my absolute favourite cherryArte, classic coffee java blooms.
Im feeling a little bit better today, but can't wait for an early night.
Going to work was perhaps a bit too adventurous & I got soaked to the skin twice!!
Sunday, 1 July 2007
2= B&W photos, 3= Plain cardstock only 4= Include flowers.
Both photos have transparencies overlaying them. The font is Scriptina printed directly onto the page & tiny yellow seed beads are glued onto the tails of the swirls on the font.
Im not well today & have spent half of the time asleep in bed. I have only got up for a warm bath & some food before going back to sleep again. I find sleep the best medicine.
I slept most of yesterday so must have some sort of bug, or am just exhausted. I ache everywhere & feel rough!! Hopefully back to normal tomorrow as I haven't made a thing since Friday. I am so pleased this got finished Thursday night as the deadline is tomorrow!