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Saturday, 30 October 2010

Just a Touch of Red

Good morning. Hurrah it's Saturday and this one is a very special one for me as those of you that read my post yesterday will remember today is the day that some of my cards could be appearing on Create & Craft on the Funky Hand show at 11am - I have my Sky+ set (both upstairs & down lol!!!!).
Anyways enough of that and onto the real reason for the post - to tell you about the new challenge over at Allsorts this week, as chosen by the lovely Brenda - GOLD & CREAM with a Hint of RED
Here's my take on it:
I really enjoyed making this one and here's what I did:
I started by die cutting a snowflake shape with MM Slice machine and used this as mask when lightly inking the background on the base card with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.
The snowflake border is a Martha Stewart punch - punched from plain card stock and then I lightly inked it with Brilliance Gold and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Gold Sparkle EP and added a few red adhesive gems.
The Christmas Tree image is from Creative Expressions - one of my favourite tree images and has been stamped with Versamark and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Gold EP and then the edges have been distressed with Victorian Velvet DI.
A few punched snowflakes with a red adhesive gem and a touch of red satin ribbon and that's it completed.

Challenges I would like to enter:
Crafty Pad - Christmas
Craft Your Passion -  Add Glitter, Sparkles
A Spoonful Of Sugar - Die cuts or punches
Creative Card Crew - Punches
Paper Take Weekly - Sparkly and Bright
Fab 'n' Funky - Clean and Simple
Simon Says Stamp - Punches or die cuts
Stampavie and More - Christmas
Totally Papercrafts - Bling it On

Hope you can join in the fun with us this week. Don't forget to pop over to Allsorts and take a look at the rest of the scrummy inspiration from the talented DT.

Whilst blog-hopping yesterday I came across this post
http://clairebsd.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-annual-request-card-for-daniel.html
and it would be great if you could take a look and see if you too could send a card to Daniel.

Hope you have a wonderfiul weekend.
Thanks for popping by.
TTFN

Friday, 29 October 2010

Grab Yourself a Bargain!!

Good afternoon.
Just a quick post to let you know that you can go grab yourself a bargain over at Funky Hand all this weekend and if you tune into Create and Craft at 11am tomorrow you can grab another bargain with both Funky Hand Papercraft CD's (Colour Me Happy and Dreams) at a very special discounted rate.
Anice asked the DT to make some Christmas samples for the show - using non-specific Christmas DP's from the CD's .
I am so excited just at the thought of some of my cards being seen on the T.V lol!!! But just in case you don't spot them I thought I would share a few of them here with you.....



Thanks for popping over.
TTFN

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

I Think I've Found My Mojo!!

Good afternoon. I have a couple of cards to share with you that I feel quite happy with how they have turned out!
The first is for the Winter Fun challenge at LOTV this week.
The background was created by stamping a 'text' star image randomly over the base card and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer  Aurora Sparkle EP - it really is sparkly IRL! The edges have been inked with Dusty Concorde distress ink.
The DP is Bo Bunny.
Image - James with Presents coloured with PM's and a touch of Glamour Dust
A few adhesive gems and that's it done!


My next card is for a good friend that is going through a tough time at the moment - just to say 'Believe' and things will get better.

I have used my new Tilda with star image - I love it! Coloured with PM's and a touch of Stardust Stickles.
DP's are Pink Petticoat - Think Pink Kit
I tried a bit of faux stitching round the edges - using a Sakura Glitter Pen.
A few adhesive pearls and that's that one done.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Just Magnolia - Think Pink
Totally Tilda - Pink & Pearls
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle
Thanks for popping over.
TTFN

Monday, 25 October 2010

A Halloween Cutie???!!!

Good morning. Brrrrrrrr it's freezing this morning here in Gloucestershire - but the sun is shining so that makes it ok lol!!!
Today I would like to share my 'cutie' Halloween card with you.

Image is adorable Penny Black 4020K - Frightful Flight. I got this stamp as I thought it would be useful for more than just Halloween as you can just 'cover' the Halloween balloon with a normal one for another occasion!!! Image has been coloured with PM's.
 This also used:
DP's - Text DP - Fab Spooky Dookie download from Funky Hand - available here (Don't forget that there is still time to enter this month's Get Funky challenge - see details on my sidebar)
Spotty DP - From Funky Hand Colour Me Happy
Sentiment - Funky Hand Spooky Dookie
Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Martha Stewart Zog Zag Border Punch
Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink
Challenges I would like to enter this into are:

ASFOS - Boo!
Crafts & Me - Halloween
Fab N Funky - Things that go Bump in the Night
Crazy 4 Challenges - Halloween

I would also like to apologise for not being round in blogland much last week.
To cut what could be a very long story short the Specialist I saw privately as recommended by my Dr. in order to speed the process up, no longer does work on the NHS so I have now got to start the process all over again and therefore I won't be having my Discogram done this week as I have to see another Consultant first and he can't see me until Friday!! So everything I have done and all the money my DH has spent so far has been a complete waste of time - 6 weeks and £500 spent and we are no further on!!!
So last week I was very upset and didn't feel much like doing anything. 
 However, this week is a different week and I am feeling so much better so I will do my best to pop in and see you all soon.
Thanks for all your support - it really does mean a lot.
Have a wonderful day.
TTFN

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Copic Ciao Pens for Sale

EDITED TO SAY:
ALL PENS NOW SOLD
THANKS

Good morning. I have been having a bit of a tidy up in my craft room and have decided to sell some crafty stash that I really hardly use.
I am starting with my Copic Ciao pens as I mainly use my PM's or Distress Inks now. Most of these Copics are brand new never used and a few hardly used at all - hence the sale.
Here is a list of the colours:

Y00 - Barium Yellow
Y02 - Canary Yellow
Y21 - Buttercup Yellow
Y28 - Lionet Yellow
 Y38 - Honey
YR02 - Light Orange
YR16 - Apricot
YR20 - Yellowish Shade
YR31 - Light Reddish Yellow
YR61 - Yellowish Skin Pink
R00 - Pinkish White
R02 - Flesh
R05 - Salmon Red
R11 - Pale Cherry Pink
R20 - Blush
R22 - Light Prawn
R29 - Lipstick Red
R32 - Peach
R46 - Strong Red
R59 - Cardinal
R85 - Rose Red
RV000 - Pale Purple
RV02 - Sugared Almond Pink
RV06 - Cerise
RV23 - Pure Pink
RV29 - Crimson
RV34 - Dark Pink
RV95 - Baby Blossoms
V000 - Pale Heath
V12 - Pale Lilac
V15 - Mallow (x2)
V91 - Pale Grape
BV02 - Prune
BV04 - Blueberry
BV13 - Hydragea Blue
BV29 - Slate
B00 - Frost Blue (x2)
B02 - Robin's Egg Blue
B12 - Ice Blue
B29 - Ultramarine
B60 - Pale Blue Gray
B93 - Light Crockery Blue
B95 - Light Grayish Cobalt
BG10 - Cool Shadow
BG23 - Coral Sea
BG93 - Green Gray
BG96 -Bush
G000 - Pale Green
G05 - Emerald Green
G14 - Apple Green
G21 - Lime Green
G85 - Verdigris
YG00 - Mimosa Yellow
YG11 - Mignonette
YG41 - Pale Green
YG63 - Pea Green
YG91 - Putty
YG95 - Pale Olive
E00 - Skin White
E02 - Fruit Pink
E04 - Lipstick Natural
E31 - Brick Beige
E33 - Sand
E43 - Dull Ivory
E47 - Dark Brown
E50 - Eggshell
E71 - Champagne
E93 - Tea Rose
C1 - Cool Gray 1
C5 - Cool Gray 5
W1 - Warm Gray 1
W5 - Warm Gray 5

I would really like to sell them at £1.25 each - incl. of P&P
Please e-mail me at jesimpson@mar08.freeserve.co.uk if you are interested.
Many thanks.
TTFN

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Allsorts of Spots & Stripes


Good morning. This week it was my turn to pick the theme at Allsorts and I would like to see lots of
SPOTS AND STRIPES on your projects.

My card is for Aaron's girlfriend's mum who has just had an op on her hip this week
I have used a gorgeous cute image from Pink Petticoat coloured with PM's
The DP's are from Nitwits
This also used:
Craftwork cards - Scalloped edged base card
American Crafts cardstock
Martha Stewart PATP
Flowers - Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts
Spacer and pearl brad from stash

Challenges I would like to enter are:
Wild Orchid - Pastel Colours
Stamp Something - Something Digi
MAWTT - Sponsored by Letraset - use Promarkers
ABC Challenge - F for Flowers
Incy Wincy - Pink & Brown
OSAAT - Embellish It

Thanks for popping by - hope you can join in the fun with us this week.
TTFN

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Autumn Leaves

Good morning. I am still not back at work and next week I am going to hospital to have the next stage of investigation into my back problem - a discogram - a procedure that I am not really looking forward to but if it can help confirm what the specialist thinks is the cause of all my pain and therefore help with the decision of the treatment then I shall just have to grin and bear it!!!
In order to help take my mind off it all I have been trying to keep busy doing some crafting but to be totally honest I am really struggling to get motivated and and my mojo has just disappeared!!
I am trying to focus on making some Christmas Pressies and this is one that I started on Monday and have just finished it this morning.




This used:
Background image - PB Letter Backgroung 1999L stamped with Dried Marigold distress ink
Leaves - spellbinders cut from BG Sugar Rush DP's
Sentiment - Papermania
Twine and buttons from stash.

I have used Autumnal colours so that it fits the following challenges:
Basic Grey - Autumn or Fall
Crazy 4 Challenges - Autumn/Fall
Stampin' For the Weekend - Halloween or Fall

Thanks for popping over.
Have a wonderful day.
TTFN

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Add a Butterfly

Good morning. Another bright and sunny start to the day here in Gloucestershire.
Thanks to everyone that joined in with Tracy's All Creatures Great & Small challenge last time at 
It's my turn to chose the theme this time and I love butterflies so I would like to see all you
ADD A BUTTERFLY
to your project this week.
Don't forget that you must use a RUBBER STAMP only - that is at least 6 months old.

The DT were lucky enough to have some gorgeous Digi Papers to play with from the sponsor


I used a spotty DP with a butterfly in the background.
This also used:
Hanglar & Stanglar image - paper pieced with DP's from sponsor
Martha Stewart Butterfly border punch and Butterfly punch
Gingham ribbon from stash
Sentiment - Creative Expressions

Thanks for popping over.
Have a wonderful day.
TTFN

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Let's Play Bingo - At Allsorts


Good morning - the sun is shining here in Gloucestershire this morning but by golly it's cold!!!
Thanks to everyone that joined in the fun with us at Allsorts last week - don't forget to pop over and see who the lucky winner was and who Amanda picked as her Top5
This week the uber talented Helene - aka Mummylade is the challenge hostess and has given us a fab unique theme

Let's Play Bingo
So how do you play I hear you ask?
Simples - just pick a line for the BINGO Card above - either across, down or diagonally and make your project using the items listed in that row.
I chose the BRADS, BUTTONS, PUNCH row and this is what I came up with:

We have a new sponsor this week

and some of the DT were lucky enough to work with some of the gorgeous digi images available.
I have use the Primitive Bear image - how cute is he? Image coloured with PM's and I embossed the edge of the cardstock with Perfect Medium ink and Cosmic Shimmer Gold EP.

This also used:
DP's Pink Petticoat - Lots of Dots
Snowflake Punch
Tiny Buttons - Hobbycraft
Tiny brads from stash
And you will see some 'real' stitching - for this I used my new Sew Easy tool which was a recent TSV on QVC.

Challenges I would like to enter are:
Wild Orchid Crafts - Stitching Real or Faux
Christmas Stampin' - Photo Inspiration
Paper Romance - Use at least 3 buttons
Simon Says Stamp - Recipe 3 embellishments, 2 DP's and 1 image
Digital Tuesday - Digi Stamp & Stitching
Papertake Weekly - 3 of a kind
Thanks for popping over. Have a wonderful day.
TTFN

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Too Cute to Spook


Good afternoon. Well I thought I was going back to work today but my doctor thought differently and has signed me off for another week with a view to possibly being allowed to return to work next week subject to a few adjustments in my workplace - I have a meeting with my line manager this Friday to discuss them.
So I have had a little play time this morning and as there are soooooooooooooooo many challenges out there that have 'Halloween/Spooky' themes I thought I would make a Halloween card lol!!!

I have gone for an easel card this time:

This used:
Image - Pink Cat Studio 'Itty Bitty Betty'
Medium - Promarkers
DP's - Funky Hand 'Spooky Dookie'
Sentiment - PC Generated
This also used:
Martha Stewart Zig-Zag border punch
Gingham Ribbon & adhesive pearls from stash

Challenges I would like to enter:

OSAAT - Use a digi image or papers
Fab 'n' Funky - Use a digi
Meljen's Designs - Halloweeny
Simon Says Stamp - Halloween
Bee Crafty - Halloween
Everybody Art - Halloween
Passion for Promarkers - Colour Combo
Creative Craft Challenges - Trick or Treat

Hope you are having a lovely day.
Thanks for popping over.
TTFN



Monday, 11 October 2010

Traditional Red & Green Tilda


Good morning. Just a quick post from me today as I am about to treat myself to a new outfit for going back to work in tomorrow - I have been off work for the last 4 weeks with back problems and I just feel a new outfit will help to boost my self-esteem. 

So onto my card that I would like to share with you today.
 
I have used a gorgeous Tilda image that was sent to me by a lovely blogging buddy - coloured with Copics.
The scrummy DP's are Bo Bunny
The pearls in the centre of the flowers were recycled from last year's christmas crackers.
This also used:
Nesties - Circle & Scalloped Circle
Adhesive Pearls - Hobby House Crafts

Challenges I would like to enter this into are:

Totally Tilda - Traditional Red & Green Tilda Christmas
Just Magnolia - 2x2 (I have used 2 circles, 2 flowers, 2 DP's)
Crafty Catz - Magnolia/Tilda Image
Craftalicious - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - X for Xmas
Creative Card Crew - Bloomin' Marvelous

Thanks for popping over.
Have a wonderful day.
TTFN

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Penny Black - Take 2


Good morning.  I would like to share my card I have made for this week's challenge at
Penny Black - Use 2 or more Penny Black images.
Yesterday my new PB stamps arrived in the post - they were free with a craft magazine subscription - how cool is that!!!! So I thought they would be perfect for this week's Penny Black challenge.

I had a go at making a framed card - I got my inspiration for this over on the totally talented Debby's blog here
I am quite pleased with the result and I am sure I will have another go at one of these and it will be better next time lol!!!

I created the backgroud image using the resist technique for stamping the scrummy Snow Dust image - stamped with Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Lapis Pearl then distressed with Peeled Paint & Barn Door Distress Inks. The cute little hedgie was then stamped direct onto the bottom right corner and I stamped him again onto another piece of cardstock - coloured him with PM's - cut him out and layered him onto the first stamped image.
I also embossed the edges of the panel using a Versamark Pen and the Lapis Pearl EP.
 Here's a closer look at that:

This also used:
Marianne Creatables - Small Poinsietta - die cut from pieces of cardstock coloured with the same Distress Inks
Snowflake Punch
Adhesive Pearls from stash
Alphabits - from Funky Hand - available here (they fit perectly in a 1/2" circle punch)

Thanks for popping over.
Have a wonderful day.

 TTFN 

Funky Spooky Dookie

Good morning. Just a quick post to let you know about the fab new download available at Funky Hand
Just perfect for all those Halloween challenges and projects and all for just £3.49 - what a bargain!!!

Here's some inspiration from me - but do take a look at the other fabulous inspiration from the totally talented DT over at Funky Hand





Also don't forget this month's Get Funky challenge - see details on my sidebar - you could win yourself £20.00 to spend in store at Funky Hand

Thanks for popping over.
Have a wonderful day.
Hope to be back later with another share of the day.

TTFN