Saturday 30 July 2016

Christmas in July - Sweet Stampin' Challenge

Happy Saturday :o)

Ooh I really must get back into blogging properly!  It's not that I haven't got cards to blog, I have... just got fed up with all my blogger issues and it put me off.  Maybe one day it'll sort itself out though, so I really should keep trying.

Anyway... we have a new challenge starting over at Sweet Stampin', and this week our theme is 'Christmas in July'.  We're sponsored by the fab Michele R Designs, who provided the DT with some lovely papers to use for the challenge.

Items Used
Stamps - Rockin' Robin - Clearly Besotted
(stamped in Memento Toffee Crunch & Espresso Truffle, with tummies and extra shading using Spectrum Noirs)
Papers & Bow - Christmas Time Collection - Michele R Designs
Santoro Mirabelle Pearl Charm (bow centre)

We're putting a trampoline together today... we've been at it for hours already but we're getting there!  We asked the boys what garden things they'd like for the summer, in an effort to get them off their games and outside occasionally, and they debated between them and decided on a trampoline and a basketball net.  I'm quite pleased as I'll be able to use the trampoline for a bit of exercise myself lol.  Chester (the dog) seems to think it's a new den for him to lay under though!

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Friday 22 July 2016

Wedding card - The Inspirers DT

Hello everyone :o)

Now I know we're not supposed to moan about hot weather in the UK.... so, you know, I'm just having a good whinge about it in my head!  Give me spring all year round, that would suit me just fine.  Loving having the kids off school though... the squabbling hasn't reached 'driving me mad' volume yet, although I'm sure they'll get there eventually.

Anyway... here's a DT card for The Inspirers for Crafter's Companion.

I've used lots of spray and sparkle on this one (you probably can't see most of it in the photo) as according to my mum, who ordered the card, wedding cards must have glitter.  Never really thought about glitter and weddings, although sparkle is obviously the law when it comes to fairies or Christmas!

Items Used
Downton Abbey Classical Edge die
Sara Signature Together Forever Forever in my Heart die
Sara Signature Together Forever Celebrate die (cut 3 times & layered)
Sara Signature Together Forever Special Day stamps
Sara Signature English Country Garden Lazy Daisy die (swirl)
Sara Signature English Country Garden Floral Duo die
Sara Signature English Country Garden 6x6 paper pad
Centura Pearl Snow White Gold A3 printable card
Spray & Sparkle Iridescent Glitter Varnish
Gem from my stash

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Monday 18 July 2016

Thank You Cats - DigiStamp Boutique DT

Hello :o)

I've used the boy image from the cute Thank You Cats set from DigiStamp Boutique for today's card... this one's for Dex's teacher.

Items Used
Image - Thank You Cats - DigiStamp Boutique
Colouring - Spectrum Noirs
Cat GB5, OR1, TN6, TN9 Jumper GT1, GT2, GT3, JG5 Trousers/ tie IG4, IG5, IG8
Easel/ brush EB2, GB8, GB10 Painting HB3, IB3, GT3
Papers - LOTV (retired)
Flowers - Die'sire Flowers for all Occasions dies - Crafter's Companion
Buttons from my stash

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday 16 July 2016

Sweet Stampin' - Wheels

Happy Saturday :o)

Our challenge for this week at Sweet Stampin' is 'wheels', and we're sponsored by the fabulous Wild Orchid Crafts with a £10 voucher for our lucky winner.

The challenge gave me the perfect excuse to ink up this cute Stamping Bella stamp that I just had to have a couple of months ago, and then didn't quite get round to using!

Items Used
Stamp - Leo the Balancing Stuffie - Stamping Bella
Colouring - Spectrum Noirs
Face/ body EB1, EB2, GB8, GB10, EB7 Mane TN2, GB3, GB7, GB9, GB10 Nose BG5, EB7, EB8 Ears FS3, CR1
Seat OR3, CR10, TN9 Wheels BGR4, BGR5
Ground BG1, EB2, GB8, GB10, BG7, blender Grass CG1, CG2, CG4, DG1
Papers - Blink of an Eye - MME
Sentiment - Clearly Besotted
Star punch
Doodlebug enamel dots
Button from my stash

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Alphabet Challenge - J for jungle animals
The Sisterhood of Crafters - animals
Little Red Wagon - you're a star
As You Like It - your trademark style
(my style jumps around all over, but I think this one is very 'me'... a coloured image, layers and a few simple embellishments)

Sooo... the last time I posted on my blog it actually posted at more or less the right time, so hopefully this one will be the same.  My blogger issues seem to have completely put me off blogging, so I'm hoping if it's sorted I can get back into it again.  Fingers crossed!

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday 9 July 2016

Floral Heart - DigiStamp Boutique DT

Happy Saturday :o)

I seem to be making a lot of wedding and anniversary cards at the moment, most of which I can't show yet, but I think I'm fairly safe blogging this one.

The image was one of this year's valentine's images from DigiStamp Boutique, but it works well for anniversaries too.

I printed it out twice, cut out and layered up the flowers.  Then roughly cut a heart shape around the image and distressed it so the shape didn't look too wonky!

Items Used
Image - Floral Heart - DigiStamp Boutique
Colouring - Spectrum Noirs
Flowers: GB1, GB3, GB7  Hearts: CT1, CT2, CT4  Leaves: IG4, IG6, IG8, IG10
Die'sire Essentials Lace Corner 2 - Crafter's Companion
Sentiment - Clearly Besotted
Wink of Stella (on the hearts)
Flower sequins & pearls from my stash

Can't believe there's only 1 week of school left!  This term seems to have flown... looking forward to having the boys off and getting out of the routine for a while.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely day :o)

Saturday 2 July 2016

Sweet Stampin' - summer/ holiday destinations

Happy Saturday :o)

Our challenge for this week at Sweet Stampin' is 'summer/ holiday destinations'... not sure if we're actually getting a summer this year though, there's hardly been a day when it hasn't rained so far lol.  

We're sponsored by Michele R Designs and she kindly provided the DT with some fab papers to use for the challenge.

Items Used
Image & sentiment - Beach Hut - DigiStamp Boutique
Colouring - Spectrum Noirs
beach hut: BG1, BG2, BG3, BG5, blender, TB1, TB2, TB4, TB9
bunting; TN1, GB1, CR5, CR7
sand: TN1, TN2, GB9
Digi papers - By The Sea - Michele R Designs
Buttons & tiny shells from my stash

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely day :o)

Friday 1 July 2016

The Inspirers DT card

Hello everyone :o)

Today's card is for The Inspirers DT at Crafter's Companion... I've used the fab freebies that come with Crafter's Inspiration Issue 10, plus some cogs & gears and a bit of sanding (ooh it is satisfying lol!).

I'd forgotten how much I enjoy playing with sandpaper on core'dinations!  I also used it on the edges of the papers, which is a fun thing you can do with digi papers... because they're printed on white card, you can sand the top layer off in places for a distressed look.

Items Used
Hexagon dies, hexagon embossing folder, sentiment stamp and papers (free CD) - all free with Crafter's Inspiration Issue 10
Sara Signature Just For Men Collection Cogs & Gears dies
Core'dinations Sand It Gadget Tool
Memento Ink in Toffee Crunch

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely day :o)