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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Red & White

Hi all!

Red and White seem to be the colour combo of the week, as I will sharing two red & white creations with you this week. This is the first, for the Delightful Challenge themed "RED & WHITE". I've used a very old paper pad, one of the first ones I ever bought! I could hardly find it anymore with all my more recent paper pad purchases floating around as well. What can I say, I just love paper pads, they are my weakness :) I love the dark rich red colours here.

I've actually used a white geld pen to try and shade the cup a little, I was curious to know if that would work after I made a little mistake with my pens and picked up the darkest one instead of the lighter colour and proceeded to colour the entire thing before I realised my mistake. It's not as pretty as using markers, but perhaps I just need a little more practice!

* Digital Delights Time for Tea Booboo, coloured with Promarkers & Spectrum Noirs
* Making Memories Paperie Rouge & Mocha DPs, edges distressed and
* Studio Light paper & Eline's vintage stamp sentiments
* Gems from stash
* Cosmic Shimmer Red Fire Twinkles

* Bunny Zoe (Anything Goes)
* One Stitch at a Time (Use a Digi)
* Use it Tuedays (Warm it Up)
* Totally Gorjuss (Flowers) On the DP and the digi
* Love to Create (Anything Goes with a Sentiment)
* Happy Campers (Flowers + Digital element)
* Joanna Sheen (3,2,1)
* Paper Pretties (Square Cards)
* Tuesday Alchemy (Anything Goes)
* Crafty Bloggers Network (Flowers)

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

It's All About!

Good morning everyone!

Wednesday signals another Fab 'n Funky Challenge and I absolutely love this week's theme, dreamed up by my DT buddy Rachel: "Include some kind of shoe on your project"! I certainly needed to put my thinking cap on for this one, but I love the whole process of going through my stash and coming up with some ideas as I go.

I fancied using up some of my enormous stash for this card and ended up deciding on some decoupage. I've tried to create a little scene of the flip flop with a pebble beach and sea, but am not sure I've completely pulled it off. Oh well, never mind, I still like the card :) Have a look on the challenge blog to see what all my teamies have done with the theme, I can guarantee you that there is a wide variety of interpretations and projects!

* DL card
* DCWV The Photo Stack 2 DPs
* Studio Light images and sentiment
* Gems, brad & ribbon from stash

* Forever Friends (Birthdays)
* Challenges 4 Everybody (Anything Goes)
* Love to Create (Anything Goes with a Sentiment)
* Craft Your Passion (Colour Combo)
* Shelly's Images (1-2-3)
* Bunny Zoe (Anything Goes)
* Crafts 4 Eternity (TicTacToe) I've used circle (sentiment), ribbon, birthday
* Dutch Card Lovers (Use at least 5 colours from the inspiration sheet) My card has colours such as Tender Shoots, Monaco Blue, Poppy Red, Lemon Zest and Dusk Blue
* Robin's Fetish (Use Some Brads and Ribbon)
* Forever Friends (Use Ribbon or Lace)

Thursday, 24 January 2013

You're Not Forgotten

Hello all!

This week's challenge theme @ Delightful Challenges is "THINKING OF YOU". I've used this theme is a fairly general way, but perhaps you would like to interpret it as a condolescense card, a card to cheer someone up or something else altogether. Either way, we'd love to see it!  I thought to try my hand at a different shape card. I don't own a die cut machine, so used my old school pair of compasses to trace the circle and cut it out by hand. I suppose it's not exactly round because of it, but I still like it. I love the idea of a die cut machine, but it seems like there's so much investment involved, with all the plates you need and of course the dies and embossing folders. But who knows, I might still buy one one day :)

* Delightful Challenges Dilly Duck & Thinking of You Today sentiment digis, coloured with Promarkers & Spectrum Noirs
* Echo Park A Walk in the Park DPs
* Peacock Feathers & Vintage Photo Distress Ink
* Flower, pearl & ribbon from my stash

* One Crazy Stamper (Anything Goes)
* Emma's Crafty Challenge (Animals)
* Whoopsi Daisy (Use a Digi)
* My Heart Pieces (Thinking of You)
* Robin's Fetish (Round Cards)
* Deep Ocean (Anything but Square)
* Kaboodle Doodles (Ribbon)
* Papertake Weekly (Add a Bow)
* Inky Chicks (Bingo) I've used Ribbon, Sentiment, Flowers
* Clear it Out (Circles + Anything Goes) I'm using up my ribbon and the little paper flowers, of which this is the last one (how satisfying is that?)

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

My Favourite Colour Combo

Good morning all!

Another Wednesday, another Fab 'n Funky Challenge! This week, my lucky teamie Ginny (lucky as she is in Bali as the moment) picked the theme, asking you to share your "FAVOURITE COLOUR COMBO" with us and make a project with those colours. My Favourite Colour Combination has to be Pink and Purple, it seems to work for so many occasions, including Christmas. Yes, it's out there, I've said it....CHRISTMAS. I am back on the Christmas card bandwagon folks, maybe a little early but I love making those cards and I never seem to have enough of them anyway, how many I make during the year. So why not start early? For those of you who don't have to stomach for it yet (totally understandable btw) of course you can make a card for any other occasion, as long as you tell us what your fave colour combo is and use them in your project.

Here's my card, I hope you have time to join us! I got to use my new Lace stamp, which was a Christmas gift, it's a really great stamp and I think it gives a lot of texture and detail. I think you can expect to see this stamp in quite a few projects!

* Stampfairy Jake Poinsettias 1 digi, coloured with Promarkers & Spectrum Noirs
* Art Talent DP
* DCWV Pastels Textured CS
* Kaisercraft Lace stamp
* Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
* Joy Crafts Flower Punch
* Eline's Winterhuis Sentiment stamp set
* Pearls & ribbons from stash

* Bearly Mine (Tic Tac Toe) I've used Lots of Layers,Pearls,Stamped Image, Lace (Stamp)
* Card Crafter's Circle (Layers)
* Kaboodle Doodles (Ribbon)
* Created with Love (Anything Goes)
* Sweet 'n Sassy (Something New)
* Sweet Stampin' (Show Us Yer Frillies)
* Digital Tuesdays (Use Your Favourite Colour Combination)
* Sugar Creek Hollow (Tic Tac Toe) I've used Lace (Stamp), Ribbon & Pearls
* Forever Friends (Use your Favourite Embellishment) Pearls
* Passion for Promarkers (Use Your Favourite Colour Combination)

Monday, 21 January 2013

I Love You This Much

<<< Scroll down a little for my Ooh La La GDT card!>>>

Hi All!

We are starting another PCD challenge today and as Valentine's Day is approaching fast, our theme this time is Valentine/Love. I thought I'd make an easel card again, as I hadn't been doing alternative folding techniques for a while now. I hope you can join us this fortnight :)

* Platypus Creek Digitals Row of Hearts digi, coloured with Promarkers
* Digital Delights Love is in the Air Sentiment set
* Echo Park A Walk in the Park & Paper Mania Summer Bloom DPs
* Inkssentials Crackle Accents Glaze
* Gloss Glaze
* Red ink & Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
* Brads, Silver border peel offs from my stash

* Avadares (Valentine's Day/Love)
* One Crazy Stamper (Anything Goes)
* Stamp & Create (Love)
* Let's Craft & Create (Anything Goes)
* Diva's by Design (Make it Girlie)
* Paper Creator's Craft (Love it All Around)
* ATC's with Attitude (Add a Tag or Sentiment)
* Glitter 'n Sparkle (Sentimental)
* Card Mania (Oh So Girly)
* One Stitch in Time (Love)

You're Wheely Good

Good Morning everyone!

Did you all have a nice weekend? I certainly had, first my friend received her PhD and then we went on to celebrate my mother's 76th birthday! We just got back yesterday in a Winter Wonderland :)

But today it's back to the grindstone at work and I also have a couple of cards to show you this week. I'm starting off with my second card for Ooh La La, using the Toronto 1940s image to make a male birthday card. Perfect for this fortnight's challenge theme of "WHEELY GOOD". In other words, use a wheel somewhere on your project. It would be great if you can join us :)

* Ooh La La Toronto 1940s image
* DCWV Pastels Textured CS
* Echo Park A Walk in the Park DP + some scraps from my scrappy shoebox
* Cars DP free @ Printable Heaven (
* MS Doily Lace border punch
* Pearls and silver peel offs from stash

* Cards Galore (Anything Goes)
* Sarah Hurley (Celebrate)
* One Crazy Stamper (Anything Goes)
* Emerald Fairies (Celebrations)
* Forever Friends (Birthday)
* Let's Craft & Create (Anything Goes)
* Little Miss Muffet (Winter Birthdays)
* Wags 'n Whiskers (Celebration)
* Moving Along with the Times (Happy Birthday)
* The Squirrel & The Fox (Anything Goes)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Tag, You're It

Hi everyone!

This March, if all goes well, my parents will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, married for half an age! Unbelievable, I can't imagine being married for 50 years and since I married quite late (only just celebrated our 2nd anniversary), the chance of us celebrating this anniversary is fairly small. But you never know, just keep breathing right? ;) I've made a little gift tag to celebrate the occasion, I'm not sure yet how I will use it but I'm sure I will find a fun way :)

* Digital Delights Tiered Cake digi, coloured with Promarkers & Spectrum Noirs
* K&Co Roam Tag Pad
* DP scraps from my scrappy shoebox
* Star border punch
* Eline Vintage Sentiment Stamp Set
* Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
* Pearls and ribbon from my stash

The Delightful Challenge for this week is themed "Tag, You're It", so using a tag in your project. You can make any type of paper craft to participate, so let's get creative!

We will be sponsored by 
offering a 15 dollar gift certificate to spend at their store!

* Emergency Crafters (Use Something that's more than 1 year old) Pearls
* Cards Galore (Anything Goes)
* Sarah Hurley (Celebrate)
* Natalie & Amy (Things You Love) Pearls
* One Crazy Stamper (Anything Goes)
* Oozak (Anything Goes with Pink & Bling)
* Live & Love Crafts (Something Old)
* Emerald Fairies (Celebrations)
* Ladybug Crafts (Anything but a Card)
* Inky Chicks (Anything Goes)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Get a Move On!

Hi all!

What's the weather like at your end, here it's been snowing, the trains were even running on an adjusted schedule because of the snow! I'm sharing a card with you today that I'm actually pretty happy about, using a Mayzyart image. These images are just so cute, they really speak to me somehow :) I've made this card for the new Fab 'n Funky Challenge themed "Get a Move On". Great challenge theme huh, courtesy of my lovely teamie Shirley :) So we want you to make a project depicting some kind of movement. Or maybe you can make your card with a moving part? It's really up to you! Have a look on the challenge blog for more details!

* Create & Craft Pastels CS
* Mayzy Art Tightrope Walker digi, coloured with Promarkers & Spectrum Noirs
* Digital Delights Happy Birthday Circular sentiment
* Prima Marketing Sparkling Spring & First Edition Up Up & Away DPs
* DCWV The Glitter Cardstock Stack Brights
* Victorian Velvet & Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
* Sakura Stardust pen
* Pearls from stash

* Stampin' for the Weekend (Anything Goes)
* Mayzy Art (Anything Goes)
* Dream Valley (Anything Goes)
* Challenges 4 Everybody (Anything Goes)
* Hobby Vision (Lots of Bling)
* By the Cute and Girly (Cute & Girly)
* Oozak (Anything Goes with Pink & Bling)
* Color me Creative (Soft Pastel Colours)
* Natalie & Amy (Things you Love) Pearls
* One Crazy Stamper (Anything Goes)

Thursday, 10 January 2013

A Heartfelt Message

Happy Thursday everyone!

Just two more days and my first week back at work is finished, I always find the first week after any time off the hardest. But I seem to have managed :) I'm showing you my inspiration for the Delightful Challenge of this week, themed "Add Hearts". Maybe you are already working on Valentine's projects or you are looking for an opportunity to add to you wedding card stock (like me) or you have a totally original idea with hearts, why not play along and show us? I've gone the wedding route this time, using new releases Wedding Daisy & Dylan and Love is in the Air sentiment set. I seem to be all out of heart papers, so free cut a heart shape from a little scrap I dug up from the scrappy shoe box and used a couple of heart gems I bought off Ebay ages ago. Hope you like it!

* Digital Delights Wedding Daisy & Dylan, coloured with Promarkers & Spectrum Noirs
* Digital Delights Love is in the Air sentiment set
* Making Memories Paperie Rouge, K&Co Earth Tones Solid Mat Pad & Mocha & Kars Paperpad      
   Wedding DPs
* Vintage Photo Distress Ink
* Eline Vintage Sentiment Stamp set
* Sakura Stardust Gel Pen
* Ribbon and heart gems from stash

We are sponsored by
 Offering the winner a 15 dollar gift certificate!

* A Gem of a Challenge (New Beginnings) Getting Married
* Crafty Ribbons (New Beginnings) Getting Married
* Totally Gorjuss (Anything Goes with Ribbon)
* Avadares (Valentine's/Love)
* Dream Valley (Anything Goes)
* Challenges 4 Everybody (Anything Goes)
* Glitter 'n Sparkle (Anything Goes)
* Crazy 4 Challenges (Ribbons & Bows)
* Robyn's Fetish (Anything Goes)
* My Time to Craft (All About the New) Getting Married

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Anything Goes for Next Christmas

<<< For my Fab 'n Funky DT make, scroll down to the previous post of today!>>>

Hello again,

Another Christmas card today, as CCAYR opens 2013 with its first challenge: "Anything Goes". Nice and easy one to get you back into Christmas crafting, right? Don't worry, it will come back to you :)

I've used up a decoupaged image that had been lying on my craft desk waiting to be used, along with some scraps that seemed to go with it pretty well and so the card came together quite quickly and easily. I love the paper tearing here, as it resembles snow......well, in my mind at least :) Hope to see you and your lovely makes at the challenge!

* Studio Light Decoupage image
* Crafters Companion CS scraps
* Marianne Design Scandinavian Christmas DP scraps
* Assorted scraps from my scrappy shoebox
* Silver & Black Inks
* Scalloped circle, Star Border & Rounded Corner punches
* Eline's Winterhuis & Eline's Vintage Sentient Stamp Sets
* Gems, ribbons from stash

* ATC's with Attittude (Anything Goes/Celebrations)
* Card Mania (Winter Wonderland)
* Cards Galore (Anything Goes)
* Crafty Hazelnut (Any Christmas Card that doesn't feature Santa)
* Card Crafter's Circle (There's No Business Like Snow Business)
* Crimbo Crackers (Decoupage)
* Simply Create Too (Let it Snow)
* 2 Sisters (Anything Goes)
* Joanna Sheen (With Love at Christmas)
* Gingerloft (Christmas or Winter)

It's Winter Time!

Good morning all!

I've been back at work for a couple of days now and I seem to be getting back in the swing of things. Also, all the DTs have started up again, so it's all hands on deck to try and make my projects on time!

The new Fab 'n Funky challenge is starting today and our theme this week is "Winter"! We are being sponsored by DigiDarla, the images we are working with this week are therefore from their catalogue. I decided to use Snowtime Baby Bunny 5, such a cute image! I've been delving in my scrappy shoebox for this one again and thoroughly enjoyed fitting it all together for this Christmas card. Yes, I know it's a bit early to start thinking about Christmas again, but why not, cards keep a long time and then I don't have to worry about it later on in the year so much :) I'm pretty pleased with the card, except for the sentiment; it's not quite as clear as I would have liked with the dark blue Distress ink. Hope you like it too and come and join us in the challenge this week!

* Create & Craft CS
* Digi Darla Snowtime Baby Bunny 5 digi, coloured with Promarkers & Spectrum Noirs
* Studio Light DP scraps
* Docrafts Country Companions "For Someone Special" DP
* Scalopped circle & Star Border punches
* Black & Silver ink, Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
* Eline's Winterhuis Sentiment Stamp set, Marianne Design Letters & More Background Stamps
* Gems from stash

* Card Mania (Winter Wonderland)
* Gingerloft (Christmas or Winter)
* The House that Stamps Built (Make it Snow)
* Crafty Hazelnut (Any Christmas Card that doesn't feature Santa)
* QKR Stampede (Anything Goes)
* Card Crafter's Circle (There's No Business Like Snow Business)
* 2 Sisters (Anything Goes)
* Forever Friends (Anything Goes)
* Emerald Fairies (Celebrations)
* Simply Create Too (Let it Snow)

Monday, 7 January 2013

Free For All @ PCD

<<<For my first GDT card for Ooh La La, see the post below!>>>

Hello again,

One of my oldest friends is defending her dissertation in a few weeks and I am one of her paranymphs (a ceremonial supporting role), I'm pretty honored to be asked to do this. Of course I wanted to make a little something for the occasion. I decided on a little gift bag, I might put a little bag of sweets in there or something like that.

Here's the gift bag:

This is project tied in beautifully with the first PCD challenge for this year, as "ANYTHING GOES"! So how about it, why not come and join us?

* Kraft sandwich bag
* Playtypus Creek Digitals Graduation Ella , coloured with Promarkers & Spectrum Noirs
* DCWV Pastels Textured CS
* Studio Light DP
* Chipped Sapphire & Tumbled Glass Distress Inks
* Scalloped circle punch
* Kars Gefeliciflapstaard sentiment stamp set
* Avec Colours Unlimited Cords & Elastics
* Gems and ribbon from stash

* AnMaCreatief (Kraft)
* Ladybug Crafts (Anything but a Card)
* Ladybug Ink (Anything Goes)
* Diva's by Design (Anything Goes)
* Little Miss Muffet (Anything Goes)
* Crafty Creations (Anything Goes)
* Inky Impressions (Anything Goes)
* The Squirrel & the Fox (Party Time)
* ATC's with Attitude (Anything Goes/Celebrations)
* Bunny Zoe (Celebration)

Ooh La La, It's Your Birthday!

Hi everyone!

Did you enjoy your New Year's Eve celebrations? We certainly did, even if it was just the two of us. Some lovely bubbly and some yummy nibbles and Jools Holland on the telly, what more can you ask for? ;) I also received some lovely crafty goodies over the Christmas period and some money that is probably going the same way LOL.

I am starting the new year with a new challenge, as I've been asked to be a GDT for Ooh La La for the next two months, how great is that? Today's post in the first of four, this week's challenge is "BIRTHDAY". I've used the lovely Italian Window image, together with quite a few DP scraps. I seem to be loving the 'jaunty angle' look at the moment, so expect quite a few more projects like this :)

Perhaps you would like to join me and the lovely Ooh La La DT in this challenge, hope to see you there!

* Create & Craft CS, DCWV Pastels Textured CS
* Hunkydory Classic Cameo DP
* Ooh La La Italian Window image
* Pumice Stone Distress Ink
* Leaf punch, rounded corner punch
* Eline's Vintage & Kars Gefeliciflapsteerd sentiment stamp sets
* Flowers, brad, gems from stash

* Diva's by Design (Anything Goes)
* Crafty Creations (Anything Goes)
* Inky Impressions (Anything Goes)
* Bunny Zoe (Celebration)
* Sparkles Forum (Anything Goes)
* Cards Galore (Anything Goes)
* Forever Friends (Birthdays)
* Sarah Hurley (Celebration)
* The Squirrel & the Fox (Party Time)
* Crafty Catz (Anything Goes)