Saturday 31 October 2009

Sketch & Stamp - 13

Hi all

Quick post today as I am off to a Halloween Party shortly and I wanted to show the card that I made for the challenge on Sketch and stamp. This was a very simple sketch, so it shows this very sweet stamp from Ladybug entitled Birthday surprise off very nicely. Everything else is from my stash.

Happy spooking everyone.

Thanks for looking

Sara xx

Thursday 29 October 2009

Friday Sketchers - 75

Hi all

Well the Indian summer weather the weather forecasters had been harping on about all week manged to find its way to Cobham in Surrey today, which is typical now that my central heating is all fixed!

I shouldn't moan as I managed to take some great shots of the beautiful autumn foliage today (who needs to be in Vermont when you can have it all in leafy Surrey LOL!)
I also manged to quickly snap this tiny cute beetle that landed on my car, just as I was about to get in it to go grocery shopping (proof that any little thing will distract me from my chores......!). He was very tricky to capture as he refused to pose for the camera and was moving pretty fast so focusing was pretty tricky, but you have to agree with colouring like this it was worth a go.

So onto my card for today which used a sketch from Friday sketchers. I was obviously inspired by the beetle as the colours seems to have been translated into the colouring and my choice of papers.
After yesterdays traditional colours it was refrshing to use a more modern Christmas palette & this paper from Kaisercraft certainly fitted the bill. Although I have to say that I went into a bit of a sweat when I had to start cutting into it! Why is it that certain papers can send you that way or is that just me!
The cute stamp from Impression Obsession was so easy to colour and I'm sure you will see this again soon....

Recipe: 203/365 Stamp: Lamb awaiting - Impression obsession coloured with distressed inks, sentiment from stamps away. Papers: Kaisercraft, Wish upon - Twinkle & Star bright. Nesties: Labels one and nesting stars. Ribbon from Ribbon Oasis plus my usual sprinkle of stickles!

Back to some more traditional colours tomorrow.

Thanks for looking


Sara xx

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Cute Card Thursday - 83

Hi all

Today's card is keeping with the Xmas theme - I still have a few to make !! However once again I have combined a couple of challenges, firstly Cute Card Thursday to include candy corns and I also used the sketch from Just magnolia.

The two papers both have candy themes within them and this cute little Tilda just fitted the bill. (I didn't realise until I was half way throught the post, that the flower had popped up in the middle so looks a bit odd - oops but I have now corrected!! )
A close up (without flower LOL) .........

Recipe: 202/365 Stamps: Tilda with Ornament & Christmas Tag, Magnolia coloured with distressed inks. Papers: Imaginisce - Polar Expressions Flannel PJ's, Basic Grey - Eskimo kisses. Flowers & Holly from Woodware Punch covered with stickles & ribbon from stash.
Thanks for looking
Sara xx

Tuesday 27 October 2009

Totally Gorjuss - 2

Just a quick addition of this sweet little card for the Totally Gorjuss challenge, which was to make a card, which was not a square or a rectangle. I actually this when I was stayingat my parents a couple of weeks ago, but hadn't posted yet so when I saw this challenge I thought it fitted the bill perfectly.......

Here is a close up of the Gorjuss girl coloured with Copics

Recipe: Card 201/365 - make using Sizzix bigz album scallop circle. Cut two then trimmed off loop to make bottom, scored approx 15mm down, then glued together at the top above the score line. Stamps: Gorjuss Girl - Set 2, Christmas Sentiments from Woodware, Pearls from Stash.
Thanks for looking
Sara xx

Simon Says stamp - Get well soon

Hi all

Another card this time for the Simon says Stamp challenge which was to make a get well soon card. I ended up thinking this was rather apt as I have spent all day freezing in the house as the supposed Indian Summer has not arrived at Cobham & my central heating has broken down.... aaahhh. I may need to send this to myself at this rate as British Gas can't come out until tomorrow...

This card used the sketch over at Truely Scrumptious and I used a couple of stamps from Stamps by Judith to create the image, coloured it with watercolour pencils and covered it with glossy accents

Here is a close up - he doesn't look well does he!

Recipe: 200/365 Stamps: Stamps by Judith, Sentiment from Rubberneckers. Paper: Doodlebug & Bazzill bling. Ribbon from stash
Thanks for looking
Sara xx

Monday 26 October 2009

It started as one!

Back for my last post. Originally I intended to do a very quick challenge using the sketch at A Spoonful of Sugar and to ink up the 'Spooky' stamp set I had from Penny Black to fulfil the Halloween brief at Penny Black Saturday & to all intents and purposes it was, as it only took 20 minutes to make........

However, when I came to post the card I found that I was able to enter quite a few more challenges as follows:
Creative Inspirations - challenge 32 - Halloween
Stamping for the Weekend - Challenge 21 - Halloween
Secret Crafter - challenge 55 - Orange & one other colour (in my case black)
Stamptacular Sunday - Challenge 30 - Its Fall y'all (using traditional fall colours)
Hurrah - makes my life so much easier...
Here is a close up...

Recipe: 199/365 Stamps:Penny Black clear stamp set - Spooky coloured with Copics. Paper: Basic Grey - Indian Summer (quite apt given this weeks weather forecast !) Orange Bazzill Bling, Black Coordinations card. Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Skeleton Scroll & Pumpkin Harvest. Bit of stickles on the hat!
That really is me finished for today so thanks for looking
Sara xx

Papertake weekly - 26

Back again.....

Just have a card for this weeks Papertake Weekly. I am currently trying to build up my collection of Xmas cards at the moment and so plan to do a few sketches this week. This was my first one using the very lovely Miss Clause from Sugar Nellie.
I also wanted to use the new Decorative Strips - Phrase, Noel w/Holly & Frame that I bought from the Glitter Pot at the weekend and thought it would go so well with this paper from K&C0

And a close up view.

Stamp: Miss Clause - Sugar Nellie coloured with distressed inks. Paper: K&Co - Christmas Cheer Holly Glitter Paper, Imaginisce - Polar Expressions/Warm Woolen Mittens. Die cut - Decorative Strips - Phrase, Noel w/Holly & Frame, Message from Craftwork Cards. Ribbon from stash.

Will be back very soon for my last post.......

Thanks for looking

Sara xx

October Weekend

Hi all
Thought I would quickly post the cards I made at the weekend.

194/365 - This first one was from the Make and Take at Crafts u Love on Friday. It is a very quick card using the Papermania clear sets - Deck the halls.

The base card is stamped in Versamark with one of the snowflakes. The reindeer is coloured with copics. Bit of stickles on the antlers and all finished!
This card was made at the all day class at The Glitter Pot with Jane Gill. The day was all about using her new peel Offs. As someone who doesn't really use peel-off's I thought I would see if I could add another medium to my repertoire

195/365 - This card used a whole raft of bits and pieces to 'fill' the holes of the bubble tree peel off. I mainly used peel off holographic circles, glass beads, seed beads, diamante and a few buttons.

The pot was made using some bugle beads from a new range of beads at the Glitter Pot. We also used some of the negative elements from the peel of to change the shape of the tree slightly, which means that the cards can be altered to all be unique. The card was covered with My Mind's Eye Double Sided Paper - Twirling Circles

This next card 196/365 was a gate fold card which used the ribbon peel off and was coloured with Inktense pencils. We then attached the knotted ribbon using glue and finished it off with a bow on top. Very quick and easy.
In the final card 197/365 the peel off was stuck onto acetate and coloured with peel off pens on the reverse. The side panel was stamped with a small snowflake and a bow attached to the bottom. As you can see on the top photo we all used different colour ways and they all looked exceptional together.
So thanks for looking and I will be back later with a couple of cards I have made.
Sara xx

Saturday 24 October 2009

Sunday Sketch & Stamp - 13

Morning all

I am off to the Glitter Pot today to do a class with the lovely Jane Gill and a bunch of very lovely ladies. These days are always more about the people than necessarily going for the actual class, but Jane's technique are very inspirational so I get two for the price of one so to speak!

Whilst I am out I thought I would leave a card I have made for my neighbour Annie ( I did say I had a lot of birthday cards to make!).

I used the sketch from Sunday Sketch & Stamp, which fitted with this lovely stamp. I have used my copics again & can say I am really starting to get the hang of these, but still like my distressed inks best!

Recipe:193/365 Stamps: Miss Anya from the Greetings farm, Sentiment from Whiff Of Joy. Papers: Dovecraft - Aquamarine floral flowers & Coordinations. Flowers are die cut using the Quickutz nesting flower sets, a Martha Stewart Punch & liberal amounts of Stickles!

Have fun & don't forget the clocks go back tonight so we all get an extra hour in bed - I wish!!!! LOL



Friday 23 October 2009

Challenge weekend

Hi all
Very busy day today in my new life as a lady of leisure.......
I went down to Crafts U love this morning to participate in their make and take. I had been invited by a couple of crafty friends a few times, but not been able to fit it in. Well I didn't have that excuse any more so off I drove. It was a lovely day and the trip is pretty much all country lanes so a pleasure in itself. As I arrived I met Fizz & Jill (one arriving & one leaving) and had a fab time meeting some lovely ladies.

This afternoon I had a couple of friends over for coffee and then this evening found time to craft and enter some of this weekends challenges.

My first card was for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, which was a sweet sketch by Nat. I don't have many long vertical stamps so decided to rotate the sketch around to accommodate a old long horizontal Penny Black stamp. This also meant I could enter this into the challenge over at Secret Crafter, which was to dig deep and use an old stamp.

Recipe 191/365 Stamps - Snowman border, Snowflakes.. Papers: Pebbles - snow fun flakes & Kars X-mas collection. White card embossed using a Cuttlebug folder - snowflakes. All coloured in copics.

The next card was made using another old penny black stamp, but this time I used a sketch from Sketch Saturday and by using some of the BG Eskimo kisses paper managed to qualify for the Basic Grey Challenge which was a colour combo of Blue, Green & red.

Recipe: 192/365 Stamp -Penny Black - Snowy & Hedgey, Sentiment from Inkadinkado coloured in copics. Papers from Basic Grey - Eskimo Kisses. Punches - Martha Stewart. Red Pearls from Queen & co
Phew I'm pooped now and need to get my beauty sleep as I am off to the Glitter Pot tomorrow for the day.

Thursday 22 October 2009

Stampin for the weekend - 20

Evening all

What a lovely day its been today after all of the rain earlier this week. I managed to get out into the garden and do some of the chores that had been piling up literally!

My reward for all that hard work was an afternoon of crafting Yeah! I actually have a few birthday cards to make and to start with I needed a 21st card for my very sweet hairdresser & neighbour Emma. She loves purple so that was one easy decision & the stamp I have been saving up especially for her as the three girls look just like her and her two BF. She is quite a classy sort of girl for her age and so I used the lovely simple sketch on Stampin' for the weekend.

Recipe: 190/365 Stamp: Rubber Romance. Paper - Basic Grey - Eva. Coloured in Copics & the glasses have some glossy accents
Back later with another card... Have to dash now & make dinner.......

Wednesday 21 October 2009

Totally Gorjuss - First Challenge

Really was a whoops missed the photo which won't now attach to the original post......

Tuesday 20 October 2009

Totally Gorjuss - First Challenge x2

Whoops back again

I am not sure when the deadline is for the first ever challenge at Totally Gorjuss so I am quickly whizzing this on in the hope that I'm not too late.
The theme is totally pink so combining two favourites.....

Recipe: 189/355 Stamp - from gorjuss girls set 3 coloured in copics
Papers: craftwork cards - Candy Cane
Punches: Martha Stewart - Frond branch
Flower from stash

Really is night this time


Whiff of joy - Challenge 51

Evening all

Quick post tonight as I wanted to get this card in for the WOJ challenge this week, which was to use a die cut on your card.

I hate trying to photo my cards at night as I don't seem to avoid that washed out feeling. Despite that I really like this card for its simplicity
I also love this stamp and have been dying to do a monochromatic version of her ever since I saw one that the very talented Bev Rochester made last year.
Recipe: 188/365
Stamp: WOJ - Lizzie with Muff,
Paper: Pebbles - snow fun flakes, Grey pearlescent card embossed using Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Snowflakes. Die Cuts used - Nestabilities labels 4 & Fancy tags. Finished with ribbon from stash and a liberal amount of star dust stickles

Night all



Friday 16 October 2009

Five for a Friday

Evening all
Well what a busy bunny I've been today. Not content with my multi challenge cards to date I have three cards tonight which cover 5 challenges..... How greedy is that? To be honest I am still at my parents so there is not much else to do and there were some great sketches that I really wanted to do despite my lack of stash and all my papers to hand. They are not my best attempts, but I am putting it down to the fact that I have only one small bag of crafty stuff rather than a whole room of things to draw inspiration from .................LOL. The first challenge was for the Basic Grey challenge. It was a bit tricky as I only had one pad with me, the Eskimo kisses.

Recipe: 185/365
Only two tiny stamps both from the Dashing Reindeer set from Woodware. Papers: Basic Grey - Eskimo Kisses. Mulberry Street Flowers from Petaloo, Candy dots by Pebbles & card candy by craft work cards.
The second card was for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, but used the Simon says stamp sketch. I had to go out and buy the ribbon today & the buttons are from my Grandmothers old button tin, which has now found its way into my craft bag.... whoops. She was always thrifty and cut all the buttons off worn out clothes and put them in an old baby milk tin which has a best before date of 1st may 1950!

Recipe: 186/365
Stamps; Christmas Critters - Penny Black; Christmas Characters - Inkadinkado. Papers; Pebbles - Snow fun flakes, Sizzix card stock brights & vellum from Stash. Nestabilities - Blossom & Create a flake 1. Coloured with distressed inks plus stickles everywhere!

And at last here is my final card, which is for the Lily of the Valley challenge using the lovely sketch from Sketch Saturday. I really had a tough time with this card as I struggled firstly to cut into this gorgeous paper, but secondly trying to match my limited supply of red and green Inks and papers... Mum to the rescue with some ribbon and some snowflakes.....
Recipe: 187/365 Stamps: Christmas Bunnies - Stocking from Lily of the Valley coloured using distressed inks. Papers Making Memories - Icon stripe Mistletoe, Ruby Bazzill & Bazzill Dotted Swiss Card - Clover Leaf. Sentiment from Craftwork cards. Embossed using Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Holly With Berries & candy cane stripe. Ribbon and snowflakes from my mums stash (thanks!). Finished off with some star dust stickles.

I think these new stamps from Lily of the Valley are just so cute & the great news is
they are bringing out some more in two weeks at the NEC.
Well its off to bed now to conserve my strength for a fun packed day of shopping. Samuel Taylor have their 60th Birthday celebration demos this weekend so we are off to Embsay tomorrow and it would be just so rude not to drop into the Stampman on the way back, especially when we can have a fab lunch in Skipton.

Catch you later
Sara xx

Thursday 15 October 2009

Have a hoot

Hi all

This week I am up at my parents in the north of England, which is great as I always get spoiled rotten and as my mum is a fellow crafter I get to spend quite a bit of crafting and not worrying about chores...........

So today I am have been busy making Xmas cards (which I will put up on a slide show at the end of the week) and made a card for my brother for his birthday next month which just so happens to have a flying owl (ABC challenge), makes reference to family (Creative Inspirations), includes autumn colours (Secret Crafter) and uses a sketch (Just Magnolia). Phew I believe that covers 4 challenges.....
I had received these stamps in my order from the new Magnolia spooky range, but as we don't really celebrate Halloween I wanted to make a card that used the stamps a bit differently and men's cards are always a tough one for me.

So without further ado.....

Recipe: 184/365
Stamps: Magnolia - So Spooky; spooky moon and tree branch, flying owl. Kelly Panacci - Twit Twoo. Papers My minds eye - Andrea Victoria; Golden Beads & Sizzix little sizzles card stock neutrals. Embossed with Cuttlebug- Forest Branches. E line by Prima. Peel off from stash. Coloured with distressed inks.
OMG look at the time I must fly (LOL)

Friday 9 October 2009

Take Boooooo

Hi all

I'm back with another go at a challenge. This time it's only for two Mojo Monday & Simon Says Stamp. I really like all these challenges as they give me a place to start. I don't have issues with coming up with ideas, its more a question of too many ideas and always trying to doeverything at once......... So using the sketch from Mojo Monday and the Spooky theme from Simon Says stamp I whipped up this little number....

I just love this little witch she does look so cute. I have raised the hat and her arm slightly although its tricky to see on the photo and coloured her in using distressed inks finished off with some stickles for a bit of bling on her hat and dress and some on the candy tots in the corners. I have had a further play with the embossing folder since yesterday and used a purple coordination paper, which I think has come out much better.
Recipe: 183/365
Little Witch with Broom by Belles & Whistles from Zoe Bunny crafts. Purple Coordination card, Black pearlized card and patterned paper - Daisy & Dandelion trick or treat & cuttlebug embossing folder - Spider web all from the Glitter Pot. Candy Dots & ribbon from stash. Punches MS - Cornice edger & EK Success - spots.
Any way have to dash I am off to a ball tonight so best get my glad rags on.....

Thursday 8 October 2009

First Challenge

Hi All

Where does all the time go. I'm not even working, but still seem to have no time what with one thing or another..... Still I have another first today and a triple. Confused..... all will be revealed.

This card is to cover three challenges
Just Magnolia; A spoonful of sugar
& Papertake Weekly. Not bad for my first go eh....
Unfortunately in the photograph the colours are quite washed out. If anyone has any tips........?

Recipe: 182/365 Stamps from the latest Spooky Magnolia release from Sir Stampalot. All coloured in with distressed inks. The black coordinations paper has been put through the cuttlebug embossing folder and the left over bits used to make the flowers using a quickutz nesting flowers cookie cutter die from Crafts U Love. The pattern paper is from the Daisy & Dandelion trick or treat paper pack - from the Glitter Pot.

You won't believe it but I will have another one for you tomorrow.....
Right off to have a lie down to get over the shock