Sunday, 25 April 2010

Another card by Carrie

Couldn't resist sharing this one of my daughter, Carrie's with you. She's obviously inherited her mother's talent. Lol.
For those of you who don't know me so well and may be a little confused, there are two Carries - one's my daughter and the other is a friend who I work with.
Anyway back to the card. Carrie's used various punches to create this cute lion (mine of course), but the one I thought the cleverest was the tail where she's used the leaf from the new bird punch. What do you think?

Thursday, 15 April 2010


Two followers now! Welcome too to my lovely manager, Monica.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010


Just wanted to say hello to my first and one and only follower - drum roll......Carrie!
If anyone else would care to keep her company (and double the number of my followers), you would be very welcome. Just click on the link on the right.........simples! (Sorry, I love those adverts)

Monday, 12 April 2010

Cup Challenge

Been a while since I posted, so sorry for that but have been very busy over the Easter hols catching up on all the work I missed while I was off sick. So now it's back to school and the uphill struggle to the end of the school year and those well-earned Summer hols.

Anyway I participated in the Cup Challenge over on the In Love With Stamping website on 3rd April. It was great fun but very stressful. At 5pm we all registered and were randomly put into teams - I was in the Owls. Starting at 7pm, a challenge was issued every hour until 11pm. The teams had to design and upload as many cards as they could within the hour. The team with the most uploaded cards won. You can see them all in the ILWS gallery here and now here are my efforts!

The first challenge was to use the babywipe technique. Now if you've never heard of that, you get a dried babywipe and dot colours from your re-inkers onto it, making your own multi-coloured inkpad. Here's my results.

I used re inkers from  Earth Elements. The butterfly card was made with ruby red, certainly celery and very vanilla cardstock. I used the Leaves a la Carte jumbo wheel with Mellow Moss ink for the background and Flight of the Butterfly stamps.
The snails came from the new Fox & friends stamp set, the card  stock is cameo coral, very vanilla and old olive. The greeting is from Cheer & Wishes.

Challenge 2 was 'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue'. The borrowed could be anything crafty borrowed or something 'borrowed from around the house. Luckily I'd borrowed the Garden Whimsy stamp set so didn't have to do anything bizarre!
 So the stamp set is Garden Whimsy (borrowed), the old is the backing paper (non SU), the new is the brad from the Pretties kit and the blue.......
The card stock is night of navy and the Hello is from Basic Phrases, stamped and punched out with the word window punch.
The second one for this challenge is night of navy card stock again and night of navy and real red ink. The old is my corner rounder punch, the borrowed is the ladybird from the Garden Whimsy set again, the new is the Vintage Vogue stamp set and also the red satin ribbon (both can be found in the new mini catalogue).

The 9 o'clock challenge was to incorporate punchart. I nearly died when I saw this one as I've only ever copied other people's punchart before! However, I gave it my best shot and came up with these which I was really quite pleased with in the end.

So what do you think??????
The bird card  is taken with teal and more mustard card stock and the backing paper is from the new Autumn Meadows designer series paper. The punches I used were circles, oval, word window and star punch for his beak.
Another demonstrator commented that my little men reminded her of the 118 men, so I'm calling this my 118 card now. The card stock is very vanilla, real red, blush blossom, close to cocoa, pumkin pie, bashful blue, garden green and pretty in pink. The punches were circles and scalloped circle and the moustaches are the butterfly punch cut in half.

I was out my comfort zone a bit with the next challenge too. They were supposed to get easier, but I , for one, certainly didn't think they were, unless I was just getting tired. Back to the challenge which was to doodle on the card. I don't like doodling as I like everything to look neat and tidy and tend to spoil my cards if I do anything freehand. So here they are again.

I was quite pleased with the tree with the doodled flowers but not so happy with the doodled scallops which close up don't look very good.
The cardstock  for the tree one is pumpkin pie, basic black and whisper white. The inks are garden green, chocolate chip, sunshine yellow, only orange and glorious green. The stamp sets are Lovely as a Tree and Touch of Nature.
The second card was made using whisper white and pink passion cardstock and pink passion ink. The ribbon is whisper white 1/4 ins grosgrain and the stamp is from the Simply Said set.

And finally, the last challenge which was issued at 10.30 and not 11.00 as everyone was struggling to stay awake by this time was inspired by a picture which you can see here. As I wasn't feeling very inspired by this time I grabbed the nearest stamp set, went for the colour them and produiced this.....

The colouring in is appalling as my eyes were doing their own thing by that time of night.
The cardstock is whisper white, only orange, pink passion and green galore. The inks are the same plus summer sun and the stamp set is Bloomin with Beauty.

Well hope you enjoyed seeing my Cup Challenge efforts. Despite the stress and fatigue, I can thoroughly recommend participation. the challenges are open to everyone, not just demonstrators so watch out for next month's which I will post using a blinkie on the left of my blog.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

New Home.

Thought I'd share the New Home card I've just made for my daughter and BF. It's another one a la Michelle Zindorf. so I've got the proud beam on my face again. As I'm not too hot on brayering, I sponged instead and some of my colours are different due to not having all the ink pads she used. Still, I'm pleased with the outcome so hope you like it too.

Today's the Day!

The mini catalogue is now officially open. You can now order any of the gorgeous new products from it.
So have a browse (click on the image on the right) and contact me  ( to place an order.....don't delay as some of the items are only available while stocks last and I would hate you to be disappointed!