Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Feeling better lol

Well after yesterday's moan I feel really perked up !!! Guess who won the fabulous Blog Candy from Katiejane at ? yeyy it was me lol

Yesterday was a horrible day all round and I felt like getting rid of everything crafty including my cross-stitch and knitting stash. As Autumn Mist said on yesterday's post about praying about her cards and crafting I thought that my crafting was the one thing that I have never seriously given to the Lord in prayer and so I closed my eyes and prayed there and then. The next thing I did was to have a look on Katiejane's blog to see if she had chosen her winner for the blog candy. I can't believe the speed that the Lord has answered my prayer!!!!!!

He must have a plan for my life, other than raising funds for, that includes my crafting ability. I will carry on making cards and gifts ,and try to sell them, while waiting on the Lord for His guidance and try not to get too downhearted about it all :o)

Monday, 30 August 2010

My cards

Whenever I show my cards, at craft fairs, church fairs or here on line, I get told how lovely my cards are and, sometimes, I get told that I should open a shop and sell my creations as I could "make a fortune". Why is it then that I can't even sell my cards for 99p each on ebay?????????? I can't sell the cards and I can't sell stash that I no longer want and there are only so many cards that I can give away to charities. Even they're loaded down with handmade cards. I'm really fed up now surrounded by stash and I don't know what to do with it all. Maybe I should have a bonfire

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Blog Candy Giveaway!

Not on my blog but here at Inkie Fingers. Lots of bling to be had and a lovely blog too. Here's a preview of the candy

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge #26

I made this card for the
Ourdailybreaddesigns challenge #26 using die cuts or punched shapes.
StampinsistersinChrist challenge #53 to use a life verse. I chose Galations 5:22 as it lists all the characteristics that I try to live by.

I had in mind how I wanted this card to look and by the time it was finished I wasn't at all hppy with it. It didn't look as nice as it had in my head but I thought "I've made it so I'm going to show it". My daughter, who is my worst critic, has just come in, saw the card and said "Awww that's so pretty" so it must be ok lol

I used my Cuttlebug to die cut the centre panels and the butterflies. On the yellow side of the card the image was mainly debossed so I just rubbed it over with a pigment ink pad, covered it with embossing powder and heated it up to make it glossy. The embossing powder that I used stays hot and soft longer than most others that I have so it would be ideal to try and triple emboss with it. I did the same with both layers of the butterflies but used a Versamark pen on the raised areas. Inked the edges of the yellow cardstock with the same inkpad that I used for colouring the centre panel, which has Galations 5:22 on that I had done on the pc.
Close ups above and below showing the inking and embossing. I love the white edge that you get when you colour the shape whilst the Nestie is still in place.

I used
Cardstock from the Paper Mill Shop
General copier paper with a computer generated Bible verse
Cuttlebug with the Floral Fantasy embossing folder
Nestabilities Labels #8 and duo butterfly die
Versacolour inkpad narcissus
Versamark pen
Brilliance pearlescent sky inkpad
Kirsten Lapping Designs Clearly Magic embossing powder
Gems from stash
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

I'm in love!!!!!! And a challenge

On Friday I ordered some Ippity rubber stamps from Christy at Lone Pine Designs, you can see her link in my side bar. I was amazed to receive them on Tuesday as Christy is in USA in I'm here in England. I used them all today, just to try them out, and they are sooooo gorgeous!!! I think I'll be buying some more of these :o)

The Allsorts challenge #66 is to make something smaller than 3" and I just had to use one of my new stamps to make this mini notebook. I took a photo of it with a ruler to show the size

And one on it's own without the ruler to take away from the design. I stamped it on three different papers and cut them out at the different petal lines. The blue centre was cut from the middle of the blue petal layer.

I stuck a piece of the blue patterned paper onto white card and then cut a circle from it using my Nestabilities along with a plain piece of white card for the back. I then cut lots of circles from plain papers for the pages. Before linking them all together I inked the edges of the front and back covers. I think I'll be making some more of these maybe with the other flower stamps in the set.

This isn't the best photo as the light had changed between taking this and the previous photos. That's what happens when you have to break away from crafting to put the groceries away and have a meal
I used pieces of card from my scraps box
Designer papers were magazine freebies
Plain papes from my stash
Rubber stamp from the Ippity Now and Always stamp set
Impress ink pad cerlean blue
Cuttlebug and circle Nestabilities
Book ring
Card Candy from Craftwork Cards

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

One card for a couple of challenges, plus an extra!

This card is for two challenges
Craftycreations challenge #81 Butterflies
Pixieduststudio challenge #36 Polka dots
A close up of the butterflies on the acetate and flowers A close up of the sentiment and flowers
I used pink, brown and white cardstock from the Paper Mill Shop
Papers were a freebie from Simply Cards & Papercraft (the inside of the front of the card has been lined using pink paper with brown polka dots)
Sentiment and flowers from Craftworkcards
Spellbinders butterfly cutting and embossing die
Stickles glue
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

This is the day Psalm 118: 24 wall plaque
I really love making these little plaques, I've made a few with different sentiments on. I thought that I would do some with Bible verses on as I think that the size lends itself to something of this nature.
A close up of the verse, background and the foreground stamping

A close up of the trees(really pleased with them!) the cord and the cotton tape. The cord and the tape were white and I used my Marsh Green Promarker to colour them. I really like being able to colour my ribbons and cardstock (anything really ) with the Promarkers to co-ordinate with the rest of my card. After I had coloured the copier paper I then stamped the trees, grasses and birds. I went over the "field" with a water pen to give dimension to the flatness of the colour and also a little bit on some of the trees
I used a page from a Papermania chipboard album
Background paper from The English Paper Co
Photocopier paper with computer gerated bible verse
Adirondak inks, mushroom, oregano, juniper and black
Tim Holtz distress inks,vintage photo
Tree stamps from Dimenson Fourth
Inkadinkado birds and grasses stamps,

Thank you for taking the time to look at my cards. I look forward to reading your comments. If you haven't already looked at previous blog entries can I ask that you spare a few moments to take a look back at my crafting efforts? Thanks :o)

Monday, 23 August 2010

Why is it that.......

.....I've never seen the HUGE spider that's just run at me from the other side of the room before?? I'm absolutely terrified of them and nearly threw the laptop in the air!!! Hubby didn't hear me screaming but my daughter did so went to wake him up. My super-hero came downstairs and managed to kill it. HOORAY! It's leg span was 4" yuk yuk yuk

I really, really hate this time of year when they all decide that they want to live indoors. I wish I knew where they are coming from and I'd do my best to keep them out. Looks like tomorrow will be spent picking all my bags and boxes off the floor, moving what furniture I'm able and spraying round the room with fly spray. I do feel sick now :o( Looks as though the time has come for me to start going to bed when hubby does as I will be so scared of there being more, especially that size.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

I've done too much!

After going to my GP and him prescribing me yet another pill I had felt a bit more in control of the pain. Yesterday I did the housework that I'm allowed to do and today went out shopping with Adrian. Now I feel back to square one and I'm in absolute agony again :o( I wish I could have a spine transplant or that my own was operable :o( Oh well, could be worse I suppose.

I have made another wall plaque with the sentiment Cherish yesterday Dream tomorrow Live today
A close up of the flowers. I'm really pleased with them and they are so easy to make. For each one I cut three large circles and three smaller circles, I can't find the piece of paper with the exact sizes, I should have written them in my design book! Each one was screwed up tight opened up and then scewed up and opened again. I then rubbed over the creases and the edges of the circles with Tim Holtz Distress inkpad in peeled paint. I put a brad through the centre of each group starting with the smallest ones and then screwed each one around the brad centre. Each one was then gently peeled back and formed into the flower shape. The screwing up of all that paper is a good exercise for frustration and stress lol Some of the circles may tear slightly but I think that it adds to the effect. All the papers that I used were again magazine freebies and I mounted them onto a chipboard page from a Papermania chipboard album. The hanger was a piece of white nylon cord that I coloured using a Promarker. I'm buying most ribbons, lace etc just in white now and colouring them to match the projects using the Promarkers. Hopefully I'll have a tidy ribbon box once I've used up all the bits and pieces of ribbon that I've accumulated over the years lol

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Birthday Bear

I really enjoyed making this card, it's so bright and cheery. I entering it into four challenges
ABCchallenge B is for blue
Creativecardcrew Sparkle and shine
Sketchandstash #42 Follow the sketch and use something new or something not used for a long time. I used this Penny Black stamp that I can't remember the last time I used it!
Ourdailybread #25 Stamp it and stamp it again. I stamped the image three times and cut two of them up to be able to decoupage them.

A close up showing the multi layers
A close up showing the shine on the ballons
I used card stock from the Paper Mill Shop
Penny Black birthday bear stamp
BP Lili of the Valley and a strip from a Papermania sheet
Card Candy, I didn't have any dark blue but I do have lots of pink as it was in two sets that I bought. I coloured some of the pink using the azure Promarker, perfect match!
White gel pen
Anita's 3D Gloss
Promarkers in satin, baby pink, sandstone, tan, caramel, ivory, poppy, leaf green, sunflower, mint green, azure, purple, cornflower, powder blue and cerise

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Blooms and charms

I'm entering this card into two challenges

Sewmany challenge #20 with real or faux stitching. I used my pokey tool and some quilter's tape to make sure that my stitches were of an even length. I then joined them up using a fine liner

Dareu2digi challenge #44 using blooms and charms

A close up of the flowers

A close up of the charm and stitching

I used cardstock from The Paper Mill Shop
Blooms digistamp from Beccy's Place
DP and sentiment from a My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper stack which was a magazine freebie. The outer border of the sentiment didn't match with the colour scheme so I went over it with the same Promarker that I used to edge the paper and the card with the digi stamp on it
Charm was from a cross-stitch magazine freebie
Promarkers lime green, pear green, tea green, rose pink, pink carnation and pumpkin
Staedtler fine liner

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Two cards, three challenges

My first card is for the Charismacardz challenge #42 to make an easel card
A close up of the reindeer
I used card stock from the Paper Mill Shop
The delightful reindeer digi stamp from Beccy's place
Backing paper a magazine freebie
Matting and layering card was white coloured with Promarkers to match the colours in the image
I used Promarkers lavender, lilac, pastel blue, cool aqua, pink carnation, fuchsia pink, blubell and cool grey #2
My second card is for two challenges

Pixieduststudio challenge #35 pretty in pink
Clearlydelightful challenge #8 Tag you're it, to use a tag
A close up of the tag detail
I used cardstock from The Paper Mill Shop
The My Mind's Eye papers and the Flower Fairy tags were magazine freebies
Brads from stash
Promarker antique rose to border the papers

Monday, 16 August 2010

Still no crafting

I went to see my GP this morning about my back and he said that I need to up my dose on the Tramadol to the maximum but the last time I went on the max dose I had a seizure (not had one since) so he didn't want to take the risk of inducing another one. After loads of test and scans they never found a conclusive reason for the seizure. The only thing he can do is to give me another pill to take which should work well with everything else that I take (Tramadol, parcetamol, diclofenac and amitriptyline) and I have to go back and see him next week to see if it is doing ok. I had to take one today, two tomorrow and three on Wednesday and keep it at three from then on. I took my tablet at lunchtime and by 2.30 I couldn't keep my eyes open so went for a nap and I was still asleep when Adrian and Elizabeth came home from work at 6.30!!!! I usually only get 5-6 hours sleep because of the pain in my back so I hope that I can sleep tonight. I wonder if I'll sleep all day tomorrow since I'll be taking the next dose in the morning. :o)

Friday, 13 August 2010

Callum's first year part 1

Many thanks for your good wishes this week. I'm gradually finding it easier to move around so hope to stop the top up meds soon.

Last year my daughter's best friend had a baby boy and knowing that he would have everything that money can buy I decided to make a year book for him. I made it using my Bind-it-All. With hindsight I should have made the book with pastel rainbow papers and then I could have used papers to match the photos rather than putting the photos on to pre decorated pages. The left-hand page of each layout has pockets for the tags
For the back of the book I made tags with all the milestone achievements so that they would have a record
The mark's on Callum's face are from the forceps that had to be used
This photo was taken at his uncles wedding
He loves having his photo taken!
That smile appears the minute he sees the camera

Callum's first year part 2

I love this layout, the reindeer are die cuts from Lilli of the Valley
Never thought I'd ever use a sheet of freebie paper patterned with caterpillars but as soon as I saw Callum's hat I thought, yeyyyy I've got just the paper to go with it. I cut out some of the caterpillars and used them as embellishments. The digger was left over from a Jolly Nation decoupage sheet.
What a gorgeous little man on this studio photo. I didn't think it needed any extra embellishments
My daughter is the one in glasses. I printed the Lord's Prayer on Safmat (a matt film from Letraset) which is brilliant for adding computer journalling anywhere on the page
It doesn't seem 5 minutes since he was born! The frame and border ribbon are from the Popcorn range by Crafter's Companion

Sunday, 8 August 2010

No craft :o(

I've not done any crafting for a few days as I'm having a real struggle with pain at the moment. When the pain is this bad, even after taking all my meds, I have a hard time concentrating on anything.

I have been travelling through blogland looking at the beautiful crafty creations that you all make and can't wait to be able to get back into my crafting

Friday, 6 August 2010

All dressed up

The allsorts challenge #63 this week is all about dressing up. I chose to do this cute nativity card as my entry. I'm sure that by now you've all guessed that my favourite cards to make include decoupage whether it be pre-printed or stamped/digi stamped and coloured in with my gorgeous Promarkers :o)
two views of the decoupage

I used cardstock from The Paper Mill Shop
Backing papers are from Papermania
Decoupage from Jolly Nation
Irridescent peeloff from Craft Creations
Thank you for taking the time to look at my cards. I look forward to reading your comments. If you haven't already looked at previous blog entries can I ask that you spare a few moments to take a look back at my crafting efforts? Thanks :o)

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Happy Anniversary!

We will be celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversay on the 12th August so I had to make a card to give to hubby. Luckily for me the card that I had planned on making actually fitted four different challenges :o)

abc-challenge A is for August, what August means to me
Craftycreations challenge #79 Wedding or Anniversary
Ourdailybreaddesigns challenge #23 to use ribbon, a charm plus one other embellishment but no flowers. My other embellishment is the decoupage
charismacardz challenge #31 Teddy bears

A close up of the charm and the decoupage
Another view of the decoupage
I used
White cardstock from The Paper Mill Shop
Red cardstock from DCWV
Backing papers and decoupage from a Forever Friends Romance paperstack which was another magazine freebie! Why do I keep buying stash when I've got all these freebies from the magazines that I buy??????
Ribbon from stash
The charm was in a pack of embellishments that were given to me by a friend and I added the red gem, Paper Cellar, using Anita's 3D gloss
Peeloffs from Craft Creations
Thank you for taking the time to look at my cards. I look forward to reading your comments. If you haven't already looked at previous blog entries can I ask that you spare a few moments to take a look back at my crafting efforts? Thanks :o)

The trouble with rub-ons!!

Autumn Mist said...
Can I just ask, when you do rub-ons, what do you use as a tool to transfer them to the card you'll be using? I tried the lolly stick supplied but it was useless, and have tried everything from the tip of my letter opener to a blunt pencil, which just marked the card I was using. Sooooo frustrating!

I usually use the lolly stick that comes with the rub-ons. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to get them to release from the carrier film and it can spoil the look of the card. I start rubbing at one corner making circular movements and as soon as I can see that it is starting to release I gradually move the lolly stick away from the corner into the centre. I have had some where the rub-on hasn't wanted to release at all. I have tried a couple ways to make it easier. If I've used part of the sheet before, and know that I'm likely to have a problem with it, while I'm constructing the card I've left the pack on top of a radiator if I've got the heating on and then applying it to the card when it's warm. If the heating isn't on I place the rub-on where I want it to be and use my heat gun to warm it up a bit but you have to be careful that it's not too close or it can all shrivel up!!! The warmth can soften the adhesive on the rub-on making it easier to remove the film.

If you've still got some left from a "bad" sheet have a play with the heat gun and see if it will work for you


Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Puppy dogs tail!

I didn't have much time today for cardmaking so this card and my previous card are pretty basic and straightforward
This card is for Charismacardz challenge #30, something with a tail

The pyramage that I have used was not on a substantial paper so I adhered it to some cheap photo paper before cutting it out. With the postal charges here in the UK being restrictive for multi-layer decoupage I have omitted using any foam pads or silicone and built it up just using DSST. With it being on photo paper you can see that there is still a marked dimension to the topper and will be able to be posted as a standard letter.

Another view of the layers

I used cardstock from The Paper Mill Shop
Designer paper from K & Co
Biscuit topper from Crafter's Companion, a magazine freebie
Photo paper
Studio Tac adhesive from Letraset
Paper sentiment ribbon and gems from stash

Thank you for taking the time to look at my cards. I look forward to reading your comments. If you haven't already looked at previous blog entries can I ask that you spare a few moments to take a look back at my crafting efforts? Thanks :o)

Winter Wonderland

Another Christmas card for my collection :o)

This card is for the Pixieduststudio challenge #33 The challenge is Walking in a Winter Wonderland using navy/grey-silver/white-ivory

A close up of the topper

I used
Cardstock from The Paper Mill Shop
Holographic sliver card
Backing paper from Papermania
Snowman from E-Z Rub-ons
Paper raffia ribbon from Paper Cellar
Peeloff from Craft Creations which I coloured using Promarker Midnight blue

Thank you for taking the time to look at my cards. I look forward to reading your comments. If you haven't already looked at previous blog entries can I ask that you spare a few moments to take a look back at my crafting efforts? Thanks :o)

Monday, 2 August 2010

A green sports car

I found a new challenge blog on my travels around Blogland and the challenge is to use black and white and a touch of green so here is my first entry in theplaydatecafe challenge #40

A close up of the car

I used
Stamps were a freebie with a magazine (how I love freebies lol)
Black and white card from the Paper Mill Shop
Striped paper from Kanban
Promarkers in cool grey 3, black, mint green and tea green
Mini brad from stash
Thank you for taking the time to look at my cards and I look forward to reading your comments

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Something a little bit different

No card to show you today but I will show you my latest make. I'm trying to think of different ways to use up my huge paper stash. I used a piece of chipboard, some freebie designer papers, a piece of plastic coated wire and a computer generated sentiment that I coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in vintage photo.

I can see that I'm going to end up with loads of cards and gift items, just need some way of selling them all :os

Thank you for taking the time to look at my project and I look forward to reading your comments