Sunday, 14 December 2008

CPS #95

It's not often I'm first at anything so 3 times in a row has to be a record! I enjoyed this one. I'm trying to catch up on my Chritmas card list and have about another 8 left to do.

Supplies Used:

1. Forever Friends Christmas Glow Paper Pack
2. PM Ribbons Xmas Collection
3. Stamin' Up! Fun & Fast Notes Stamp Image coloured with Twinkling H2O's
4. Sentiment Die from Go Kreate

5. Brad from Stash

6. Real Red Stampin' Up! Card Stock

Sunday, 7 December 2008

CPS #94

Here's another CPS sketch card. I enjoy doing sketches because half the works done for you.

Supplies Used:
1. PM Traditional Christmas Colossal Paper Pack
2. Forever Friends Christmas Glow Paper Pack
3. Ric-Rac from Stash
4. Penny Black T for Transparent - Christmas Critters Stamp Set
5. CB Snowflakes Embossing Folder

6. Festvice Bauble from Craft Work Cards

Monday, 1 December 2008

A Photo A Day - December 1st

Today is the 1st of December 2008, this is the first of 31 day's and 31 photo's for each of those day's. How appropriate to start it with a photo of the First Frost.

"First Frost"
(Click on Photo for a Close Up)
Supplies Used:
1. Ali Edwards Holiday Photo and Journal Overlays
2. 31 Days Circle Numbers Set

Blog Candy!

Fran has a blog candy give away, some gorgeous Whiff of Joy stamps. There's 2 chances to win so head on over to her Blog and check it out.

Whiff of Joy Advent Calendar

Oh Wow, Katharina is doing a December Advent Calender. Each day a new window will open with a surprise gift for one lucky visitor, the new window will be posted at 00.01 GMT everyday and the winner of the previous days gift will be posted at the same time.

Don’t forget to check everyday after 00.01 GMT. Go and check it out and have fun.

Journal Your Christmas

I've signed up for Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas, we get a prompt everyday from today until January 6th. My reason for taking the class is that over the years I seem to have lost the Christmas Spirit. Well I want it back! Now that I have a Grandson I think it's important that as a family we enjoy Christmas so starting with today I'm going to be keeping a Christmas Journal. In it, I will be writing something every day to remember the holidays of my past, enjoy the holidays of the present and dream about the hoilidays of the future.

This may seem like just paper and trivial scribbles, but not to me. I am taking back my Christmas, I am letting it be something I relish and enjoy, and most importantly I am giving at least fifteen minutes to myself, every day, no matter how crazy this season becomes. This Christmas I will be making things with my own hands, my own words and my own memories. This Christmas I will find my Christmas Spirit.

I'll be sharing my journey as much as possible, this may or may not be on a daily basis depending on time as I have quite a few projects going this month and my main task is to complete them.

Sunday, 30 November 2008

CPS #93

It's been such a long time since I did a CPS Sketch! I need to find a balance with cards, scrap pages, hybrid, digital, and projects. That way it won't take me such a long time to get back into things. Here's this week's sketch. I'm really sorry about the quality of the photo. This photo is slightly improved but now the colours out slightly.

Supplies used were Red and Green Card from Stash, Backing papers from last years Traditional Chrismas Colossal Paper Pack by PaperMania. Silver Snowflake from Stash, Ribbon is Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain from Stampin' Up!, and of course Tilda coloured with Whispers and some Diamond Stickles.

Friday, 28 November 2008

DCM - White Christmas and.......

I haven't done a challenge for ages but this weeks Daring Card Makers challenge suited a card I made on Wednesday night down to a tee.

Jane set the challenge this week....we are dreaming of a WHITE (and splash of pink Christmas!) I would love you to design a card which includes white mostly (ie: snow, snowmen etc ) and also a little splash of pink somewhere on the card. :)

Supplies used were Stamin' Up! Ribbon and some from stash, Festive Baubles from Craft Work Cards, Silver Mirri board, and some Pink Cardstock.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

An Award

I got this fabulous Award from Wendy. Thank you! I think the words to this are very true and there are truely some amazing and wonderful bloggers out there.

This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

I'll be back over the weekend to add my Nominees. I'm just a bit short on time at the moment.

1. Katie
2. Gina
3. Lorraine
4. Terri

5. Linda

Just thought I'd share a card with you. I was playing around with ribbons and this is what the outcome was. It wasn't at all what I was planning but that's crafting for you!

The Ribbons I used are all from Stamin' Up! Sorry I don't know the make of the stamp.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Sugar Nellie Blog Candy

Oh Wow, you really need to go on over to Sugar Nellie and have a look at the fabulous Candy up for grabs. I would love to win a great prize like that. Sugar Nellie's just signed up 3 new artists and their work looks amazing. I can't wait to see what their first stamp designs look like, be sure to check them out while your there.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Just Saying Hello!

Hi Everyone, I'm such a bad blogger at the moment. I've done quite a few cards and things but it's just finding the time to do all the other stuff like taking photo's and cropping and posting and thinking of things to say. I keep saying that I'll do it tomorrow and then it just all adds up.

I had an extra suprise in my parcel from Julie, it was my Mojo! I had lost it for a while but somehow it found it's way back to me. I'd concentrated on Digital Scrapping for quite some time and I was starting to get worried that I'd totally lost my crafting mojo.

Any way nearly time to place our next Stampin' Up! order and I can't wait, but just like you Sonia I'm having huge problems deciding what to get.

I had a PIF off Jane (ages ago) and I've not had a chance to do my part yet. I'll be getting around to that really soon now. I've decided what I'm going to be doing so I want to get a head start on it. Once I'm finished and it's ready to mail straight out I'll do a post for it. So keep an eye open for that if your interested in the PIF (Pay It Forward).

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Stampers 10 Club

I've joined a club called the Stampers 10 Club over on Julie's blog. And I have to say the other members are both fabulous and friendly. I can't wait for the beginning of November, that's if I ever get my order in! I recieved my Stampin' Up! Catalogue from Julie yesterday, I've gone through it at least 4 times and still can't decide what to get this month. I'm being a typical crafter now because I want everything. If anyone is interested Julie has 4 places left for another Club to start.

This is how it works:
With a Stampers 10 club you have 10 members, and it runs for 10 months. Each month every member commits to ordering a minimum of £15 worth of product plus P&P, you order direct through Julie. Each month one of the members is selected as a "virtual" hostess and receives the hostess benefits which will be a minimum of a Level 1 hostess stamp set and £15 worth of free products. This is guaranteed but it could be more. This means that instead of having a party in your home we sort of have a "virtual" online party between the 10 members!!!

You'll receive a free copy of the catalogue and Julie will also be sending freebies and tutorials over the course of the 10 months. Stampers 10 is a great way of building up your stash each month without breaking the bank.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Let Me Introduce You To.........

Jessica Sprague

What can I say about Jessica? Well, Everything! For those who don't know her, she is an Amazing and very Talented woman and has taught me more about Photoshop and Digital Scrapping than any book possibly could. She has created an amazing community for us to go to to learn, make friends, ask advice from, give advice to. A place to share our photo's, layout's, designs and our experiences. With teachers like Jessica, Liv and Candice you cannot expect NOT to find some amazingly talented playmates.

Jessica has a new class starting and it's absolutely free. If you haven't discovered yet now is the perfect opportunity.

Go on take a look, registration starts on Monday and I know you won't be disappointed. and while your there take a look at Jessica's blog, she has some amazing Photoshop Friday's.

A Post At Last!

I can't believe it's been nearly 2 months since I last posted anything and a month and a half since Charles, Becky and Ethan moved to South Africa. I really miss them and haven't felt very inspired these last few weeks. Life goes on though and you just need to get on with it.

I feel like I've neglected my Blogger duties lately and I have decided that even though I still surf Blogland and have a look at what everyone is up too, I really need to start letting people know that I do take the time to look. I can't expect everyone that has Live Traffic Feed to know that "Salford" with a British Flag means Jeannette was here. There are so many wonderful Blogs, and so many talented people that really do deserve the few seconds it takes to leave a comment.

Have a great Saturday everybody.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Digi: In Deep - Templates #2

We had to design another Template for our Course this week. I really do love creating the Templates. I find them easier than LO because you don't have to think about Colours, Papers, Titles or Journalling. I'm going to be signing up for another course next week called Type+Writer, so hopefully I'll feel differntly about Titles and Journalling pretty soon.



We had to use a special Shadow effect on out Template which makes the corners look like they are curling up.


Here's the LO I created with my Template. I know it's pretty plain but then again I like Pretty Plain.
Supplies Used:
Template by Jeannette
Papers by Jeannette (That's Me! They're Mine! Woo Hoo!)
Hearts Brush from Jason Gaylor's Valentastic Brush Set
MCO Topper (From NWR Week 4)
Fonts are CK Little Al and CK Stacatto

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Some More LO's.

Here's some more LO's I did. I just love these photo's of Ethan with his big blue eyes. I used a Kit that we got on our course from Oscraps called Moonrise Over Waikiki the Fonts are Pea Anderson and LD Phat.



This next LO started as the Bottom one and then I made a change to it, but now I can't decide which one I like the most. I'm kind of leaning towards this first one but still not sure.

I used a Template by Amanda from TaylorMade Designs Calleds Trilogy. I really like the look of it, nice and plain. I made some changes to suit my photo's and moved things down a bit. The Backing paper is my own (Woo Hoo) with the photo overlay.


Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Photo Blending

I've neglected my Card Making and Challenges so much these past weeks and do fully intend to start again soon. I'm sure most of you will understand what it's like to get caught up in something new. I'm so enjoying my newly learnt Photography and Digital Scrapping skills and want to do so much but I just don't have the time to fit it all in. I'd like to share this last project I did. I just love the finished article, it reminds me of LP Covers and everytime I look at the word So in the Title I think of Peter Gabriel, I don't know if it's the same font but it's pretty close.

If anyone would like to know how to create this photo blending effect take a look at TaylorMade Designs.
Supplies used:
TaylorMade Designs - Fading Emotions Vol 2

Digi: In Deep - Templates

For our course we had to design and create a Template. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this and I learnt so much. While mine is slightly boring and simplistic, I Love it!



If you would like this Freebie Template Click Here to download it. Please leave a comment to this post if you do.



Here's the Page I created using my very own Template! How great is that to be able to create from your own creation. I think the ultimate satisfaction will be creating a LO from ALL your own items, Template, Papers and embellishments.


Supplies Used:

Kit: Ship Mates by Manda Bean & Kay Miller from Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Fonts: Scrap Kids and LD Pirate.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Digi: In Deep - Assignment 2A

Well it's another week in our Digi Course but at the same time it's another week closer to the end. I'm learning so much on this course. This week we made our own brush and backing paper, how cool is that? It's the paper used for the Star. Isn't it fab?


Supplies Used:
SP Lima background papers: From
Monoblendz Paperie - Lima paper pack by Anna Aspnes
Rounded corner square die cut: from
Border Templates pack by Katie Pertiet
Striped patterned paper: from
Bohemian Garden kit by Mindy Terasawa
Dirty Journaler Label: from
Dirty Journalers set by Katie Pertiet
Grunged Up Photo Block: from
Grunged Up Photo Blocks No. 2 set by Katie Pertiet
Staples by Katie Pertiet


Alfredo Heavy at
Amerika at
Anarchy at

Thursday, 31 July 2008

Digi: In Deep - Assignment 1B

I sooo enjoyed doing this. It seems like it took ages to do, but in reality once I had stopped playing with everything and decided what I wanted to do, it all just fell into place. I'm really proud of this one as it's the first LO I've done on my own from scratch, no instructions, no templates, just me and some inspiration from Jessica and Misty.

The fabulous papers are from Misty Cato's Starlight Whimsey kit, the "Ethan" text is One Fell Swoop from I used layer masks for the ribbon and beads, a semi-transparent journalling box, the stars at the top of the page and the star flourishes are overlayed. I recoloured the Star buttons and the Star on the Beads. "Ethan" is text that I masked with paper.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Aint He Gorgeous?

Another photo to share, this was taken Pre-Photography course with my Sony Cybershot. I did brighten it up a bit in Photoshop and this fab frame is from Misty Cato's Starlight Whimsy kit. I'm working on a LO at the moment using this kit and should be able to post it tomorrow.

My Favourite Photo

Just thought I'd share this. It's one of my favourite of the many photo's I've taken of Ethan over the last few weeks. It was taken completely in Manual and SOOC (Straight out of camera) with the exception of the frame that I added. This makes it a bit more special to me as I never would have thought that I'd be able to take photo's like this.

10 Months old and already such a little charmer.

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Digi: In Deep - Lesson 1

I signed up for another Digi Course over at Here's my LO for Lesson 1. I so enjoyed doing this. I can't believe you can learn so much in just one lesson.


All the frames, mats and masks were created from scratch. We even "wrapped" the string around the Ring shape ourselves, and we changed the colour of the buttons. For anyone thinking of doing any of these courses, I highly recommend them. I can't believe that nearly 2 month's ago I knew hardly anything about CS3, now I'm creating!


PS. The photo's were all taken in Manual with my Olympus E400 D-SLR, all thanks to My Photography Lessons.

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Blog Candy Alerts!

There's loads going on at the moment with Blog Candy.
1. Fran has got not one but two Blog Candies to giveaway, and they are both fab it's hard to choose which one I would want.
2. Maria has a really scrummy set of goodies to give away.
3. Jennifer has some fabulous Stamped Images, I would just love to have.
4. Maya has what we ALL want. A huge bag of H&S Stamped Images.
They all have great Blogs, have a good look around while you're there.

Double Whammy - CPS and DCM

This week's Daring Card Makers Challenge was Peel Off's, set by Lythan. I used the Sketch from CPS to do this card. I'm quite pleased with it even if I say so myself. I actually finished this yesterday and took some photo's last night, but Peel Off's and Flashes just don't work that well together. I'm really glad I waited till I could take another photo because the one's I took last night just didn't do the card any justice at all.
I used Papers from a Kit called Lipstick Kisses @ Noon, what a fab name for a kit. It's by Polka Dot Plum and it's available at Scrap Orchard. My Daisies are from my Daisy Display Stamp set from The Stamp Man. I inked and embossed the Daisies and finally I added some Peel Off's.

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Before and After

I've noticed that alot of people are tidying up at the moment. I'm not the tidiest crafter, and I normally end up with everything on my desk. I have to pile things on top of other things, and then I can't find anything. It's hard to craft like that. I decided to do a tidy up. I bought a few more draw sets as I find they work so much better than boxes on a shelf. So here's my before photo's. The Mess I was!

Have a Clean Up, you'll be suprised at what you find. I found loads of stuff that I forgot I bought.


I still have quite a bit to sort, like my Paper and Card Bits. I have so much that I could probably just use that and survive for months. Now Let's see how long it can stay like this. Leave a comment if you've been Cleaning Up and a link if you've posted it.

PS. This is only half the Room, I haven't finished the other half yet!

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

This weeks Penny Black Challenge was another Sketch. Really enjoyed this one bit I think I need to get some more Penny Black stamps, my choice is rather limited at the moment.

Backing Papers are from Kay Millers Wings Kit. Stamp is of course Penny Black which I coloured with Whispers Brush Pens. Thank You stamp is from my Hero Arts Clear Design stamp set. Brads and Ribbon Bits from my stash and Bit Box.

Stamp Something - Triple Play

This week's challenge was interesting. 3 Layers, 3 Colours, and 3 Embellishment's. I think you can see the 3 layers pretty clearly. My 3 Colours are Lilac, Pink and Lime Green. My Image is made up of 3 layers as well. Ribbon, Button and Gems make up my 3 Embellishments.

My Backing papers are from Kay Millers Enchanted Kit. Tilda was coloured with Whisper Brush Pens. I went around the edges with the Green Whispers pen but the doesn't show up that well.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

ABC Challenge B - Is for Baby

I missed last week's challenge which was the first one. Here's my Baby Card, I did quite a bit of embossing on this and the photo just doesn't do the card justice.

The image and the backing paper are both from Eline Pellinkhof's Baby Bears kit from Daisie Company. The Girl stamp is from WS Designs and the other stamps are all from the "Baby" See D's set. I stamped everything with Brialliance Ink and then Emossed with Clear Embossing powder. I inked the edges a white card and embossed and then 3D'd the image.

Double Challenge - Arty Girlz and Penny Black

I did a Double here. I try really hard not to do this, but I'm so far behind at the moment that sometimes it's necessary. Arty Girlz challenge was a Sketch this week, and Penny Black's challenge was Buttons and Brads.

I couldn't help but use Penny Black's Saturday Challenge Sponsors Papers. I have every one of Anice's CD's and Downloads, they are fab and definately funky! The Papers are from the "Now That's Funky" CD by Funky Hand. The Stamp is of course Penny Black, coloured with a combination of Whispers and Sakura Brush Pens. The main backing layer is actually Glitter card but doesn't show very well. Buttons and Brads are from my stash.

Papertake Weekly - Katharina's Sketch #6

What can I say, but another Great Sketch from Katherina again for this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge. I really enjoyed this Sketch and I think I'm slowly getting to grips with Contrasting Papers. Do you ever look back at past posts and think what the hell were you thinking when you made that? I know I do, but it's less an less now. Who know's maybe I am improving, or I could just be getting used to them.

These Scrummy Papers are from Eva Kiplers "Wild Blueberry Kit" from Sweet Shoppe Designs. I had a hard time deciding which papers to use. I stamped Tilda with Blue Pigment ink and Embossed using Clear Embossing Powder, then coloured with Twinkling H2O's. Thank You sentiment is from my "Thank You" Hero Arts Clear Stamps set which I also Embossed. Finally added some Ribbon from my stash.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

NWR Digi Course - Lesson 4

I've been so busy this last week, I thought I'd never get time to Craft or Scrap. I had a project that needed to be completed for work and was working 12 - 14 hour days since last Tuesday in order to meet the Deadline. Well that's done now so onto what I Love Best!

I can't believe this is the Last Week for the Course. This is my Layout for Lesson 4, it's a DOUBLE PAGER! I really enjoyed this one (mind you I've said that about them all, LOL). I find it really hard to come up with the Journaling for Pages. I think it might be because I want to get the page finished and then panic that it might not sound so good. I've started telling myself that I can always change it later if I really don't like it, so that kind of makes it easier.

Monday, 30 June 2008

NWR Digi Course - Lesson 3

Here's this weeks LO for Lesson 3. I can't believe that next week is our final week! I've learnt loads doing this course and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll definately be doing the next one "Digi In Deep" when it comes up. Our Digital Photography course with Candice Stringham started today and boy is this one well needed.

Digital is so versatile now, you can change paper colours and correct photo's and all sorts of things, but with the photography course I'm hoping I can save time by taking photo's correctly in the first place.

Sunday, 29 June 2008

Sketches! {by tamara} - Challenge #50

On my quest to find some suitable papers for my Red, White and Blue Note Book I found this adorable kit and just had to use them. This sketch I think was perfect for them.

The papers are from a kit called Doldrums, it's made by Ziggle Designs and comes from Scrap Orchard. The stamp is from the PrintWorks Collection - Caring Thoughts set.

Stamp Something - Red, White, and Blue.

This is this week's challenge: "Create something in red, white and blue and have it be ANYTHING BUT A CARD!" So with that here's my Red, White, and Blue Notes Book.

I used these really cute papers from Christy Lyle's "All Hands on Deck" Kit available from Sweet Shoppe Designs. I added some Ribboin, Buttons and Foam Letters.

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Here's my take on this week's Penny Black challenge. I was quite pleased with it but compared to all the other takes it looks rather Bland to say the least.

I didn't use any Backing Papers for this, I used textured Brown card and Pearlescent Green and Pink card. The image is coloured with Whispers Pens.

Friday, 27 June 2008

Cute Card Thursday #16

Another fabulous challenge this week! And it's No Patterned Paper. Here's what Andrea said, No Patterned Paper. Now, if this fills you with horror, as it did me, you are allowed to make your own patterned paper or card by stamping, inking, doodling etc. on plain paper or cardstock. You can emboss, tear and add anything else you like. The only restriction is no 'bought' patterned paper!
For this one I decided to go Monochromatic, only just because my Mojo had left me last night. Try as I may I just couldn't get into it. Eventually came up with this one but still not happy. I stamped some Butterflies and Flowers onto the top half of my Card using a Brilliance stamp pad, Lilac Card stock on the bottom and stamped Tilda onto White card stock and then layered onto Lilac. Iused a Sakura Glaze Pen for the Sentiment and highlighted a few flowers, stuck on some Buttons and Ribbon and hey Presto!

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

CPS #70

Here's my take on this week's sketch. I really enjoyed this one, once I decided on the paper to use everything else fell into place.

I used Papers from Eline Pellinkhof's Babies Kit (Daisie Company). The Sentiment was stamped in Blue Chalk ink, quickie glued and then glittered. The Baby Blocks are from the Baby See D's set and the word Boy is part of Wendy Stenton's "It's a Boy" stamp. I also glittered the scalloped edge of the oval. Finally used some Ribbon and Peel-Off's to finish.

NWR Digi Course - Challenge Wednesday

Every Wednesday on our course we get a challenge to complete, I haven't had a chance to do Week 1's challenge yet but here's what Jessica gave us for week 2.
The fun part is you can pick and choose from several items to challenge yourself with, but if you choose to accept the challenge, you MUST use at least 3 of the items listed on a single page. Ready? Go!
Challenge #2:
  • Use at least two patterned papers from our new Carnival kit (are there some you haven't used yet? I bet there are! :D)
  • Include journaling strips
  • Download the 100 in 10 challenge list we completed on my blog a few months back. That's here: 100 in 10 challenge list. Choose one of the items on the list to incorporate into your challenge, and make sure to post the number when you post your layout! :D
  • Find another use for the circle template from Lesson 2 - perhaps put patterned paper in some of the pieces, or only use half of them.

Give it a try! I think you'll find a LOT of good ideas on the 100 in 10 challenge list.


Here's my LO, I used the first 3 items in the list and completed No 66 on the 100 in 10 Challenge list. The backing papers are from the Carnival Kit by Sweet Shoppe Designs that was an exclusive to everyone on the course.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Paper Take Weekly - Katharina's Sketch #4

Here's this weeks Papertake Challenge, another sketch from Katerina. I'm trying to keep to the Quick Card theme, but it still takes me sooo long to decide on Papers! Once I've got that decision made the rest is pretty quick.

I apologise for the quality of the photo, but hopefully that will be rectified soon as my Online Photographic course over at starts on Monday! I was so lucky to get in 200 spots sold out in less than 10 minutes.
Backing papers used on this card are from Kay Miller's Live for the Joy Kit. I embossed some brown card stock with the Swiss Dots Cutlebug Embossing Folder and added some Ribbon and a bow, two buttons with brown ribbon threaded through.

Monday, 23 June 2008

NWR Digi Course - Lesson 2

Here's the result of my second class. I can't believe how easy it can be when you know what you're doing. I've only just discovered that there is an easy way to crop and resize photo's. I've had the same results (eventually) but it's taken ages and lots of steps to get that result. Just goes to show it's well worth taking the lessons!
The layout is all about the Game that was played on the Saturday night at the Create and Craft Hilton Experience 2008. It was the Crafty Version of Family Fortunes and it was a blast. Heaven only knows what they are going to do next year.'
What I learnt this week:
  • Created a grungy-edged focal photo
  • Cleaned up colour casts on photos
  • Practice hotkeys for opening, creating, and closing documents, and creating new layers
  • Used a four-square template to create a circular photo block.
  • Created reversed-out journaling strips.
  • Darkened paper edges.
  • Re-coloured and blended an overlay.

And last but not least How to Crop properly (This wasn't part of the course outline by the way).

Friday, 20 June 2008

DCM - Just a quick one!

Here is this week's challenge set by Bondgirl "I want you to make a QUICK CARD! a card that takes you no more than hmm say 30 minutes max to do - start to finish. No set ingredients and pick your own theme, but be quick and be crafty! (and dont forget to tell us how long it took too)."
Here's what I came up with. From going through my scrap box to completion it took me 14 minutes, which is not bad for me it normally takes me about an hour just to decide on what papers to use.
I used some Pink card that I had used on Monday to try out my new Swiss Dot's embossing folder. The paper is from Nitwits Collections Breath of Fresh Air kit and the sentiment is from my Woodware Great Birthday set.

Stamp Something - Sketch Something Challenge

This week's challenge is a sketch. I love sketch challenges, sometimes I get them completely wrong but that's half the learning curve, knowing where you went wrong and trying not to make the same mistakes. I'm all pinked out at the moment so decided to go for the blues on this one.
I used the Summer Breeze Collection from NitWit Collections for the backing papers. The stamp is another one from Stamposaurus called Ellie 3, I stamped with Brilliance Sky blue and coloured the Daisies with a yellow Sakura Star Dust Pen.

Caardvarks - Think Pink

Here's another colour challenge and Pink aswell. I don't think anyone could get tired of pink cards, maybe not all in the same day though. This challenge was such a great excuse to use another of my new stamps, not that us crafters need excuses!
The backing papers are from the Adorable Me Kit by Misty Cato over at Sweet Shoppe Designs. The adorable stamp is Fairy Princesses from Stamposaurus, they just begged for Pink ballet dresses. I again used my Whispers Brush Pens and Sakura Clear Star Dust pen for the wings. The sentiment is from PrintWorks Great Birthday set.

Cute Card Thursday #15

This week's challenge is to make a Birthday Crad. I opted for a Boy's Card as I'm not any good at Men's and Boy's cards so I need all the practice I can get. I saw these really cute stamps at the weekend and decided they might just be what I need to do some decent boy's cards.
Both stamps are from the Woodware Playtime set, I matted and layered onto DCWV card stock, coloured and inked the edges with Whispers pens. It's not too busy but I'm pretty happy with the result.

Arty Girlz Challenge #39

This week's challenge is easy! All we have to do is have some Pink on our creations. It's amazing what you can do with some decent card stock and it's so worth paying the extra money. I decided to make this card without using any backing papers for a change.
I bought my card stock from the Glitter Girls at the Hilton Experience last weekend. The stamp is of course Tilda coloured with my Whispers Brush Pens. I also managed to play with my New Cuttle Bug Embossing Borders which have been glittered with Diamond Stickles.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

NWR Digi Course - Lesson 1

What a great start to a really great course. I have learnt so much in just one lesson and thoroughly enjoyed it. Roll on next week! Here is my Layout, I pretty much stuck to the lesson plan as it's my first one, but I'll be playing around when I get time to do my first Assignment.


So what did I learn, let's see:

  • How to change a photo to sepia and selectively colour one aspect of the photo.
  • Create a clipping mask.
  • Column Journaling.
  • Custom Tagging and corner rounding.
  • Using Brushes.

I'm really glad I joined this course and look forward to learning lots of new things in Photoshop.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Cute Card Thursday #14

I can't believe that I've managed to miss 10 challenges! How on earth did that happen? Well I'll have to make up for it, and here's my 1st attempt at that. I actually made this card last night after getting my new stash of Tilda's and was thinking that I might not have a challenge to tie it in with. Imagine my suprise when I saw what this weeks challenge was!
I must admit that I'm abit of a late bloomer when it comes to the Tilda Stamps, this time last month I had none and yesterday my second batch of 6 came so now I have 11 Tilda's, 1 Edwin and Tilda's Birds, but this is exactly why I'm a late bloomer. I knew that once you had one you would want them all!

The Backing Papers believe it or not actually come from a fab kit called Jungle Boogie by Kay Miller, aren't they just gorgeous! Tilda was coloured with Whispers Brushstrokes, I used a Clear Happy Birthday stamp for the sentiment and my 3 Embellishments are Brads, Gems and a Ribbon.