Friday, January 30, 2009

80th Birthday

This is the year when my Dad & Hubbys Mum & Dad are all 80 years old. The first is next week so here is the first card. My Father in law has no hobbies so making personal cards are difficult. This is what I came up with. I made a bottle template out of paper and transferred it to green card. The Forever Friends champagne stamp seemed appropriate. I just hope he likes it. Only thing to get now is the pressie.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tagged and Awards

I have been tagged and given awards by sarah over a sparklecards. Check out Sarah's blog she has some amazing cards. First I will show off my awards the kreativ Award and Nice blog Award, both pretty awards.
The tag rules are: go to "Pictures" on your PC, select the 6th album and the 6th picture, upload it to your blog and explain what its about, then select 5 people to do the same! I am tagging and giving these awards to
Vera.... leanne.... josianne.... lesley.... lorraine
My picure is of me on holiday in Lake Garda in October. We took the cable car at the town of Malcesine up Monte Baldo and this is one of the views from the top.

Simpli Crafti: Two Challenges in One

Simpli Crafti: Two Challenges in One

Two Challenges in One

I have just made this card for two challenges. The layout is from Clare's weekly sketch on the Docrafts site and the stamp is Penny Black for their Saturday challenge 'Frame It' . I made this with free backing papers from Cardmaking and Papercraft mag and good old nestibilities and one of my favourite stamps. I coloured the image with Copic pens, I'm still experimenting with these and trying to build up my range of colours gradually.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Charisma Cardz Challenge #3

This weeks challenge is 'love', a great theme since we are all getting into valentine mode. I made it simple this week emphasising a heart. Maybe I have went too plain but hey sometimes less is more so they say. I used a free heart stamp from Cardmaking & Papercraft mag on acetate and put a little sparkle on the back and a few Liquid Pearl dots on the front and placed it in a Nestibilities ring. This is placed with some little punched hearts on a matted, layed and swirl embossed panel. I stamped the Studio G 'love' stamp along the top & bottom.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Kreativ Blogger award

I have just been given this lovely Kreativ Blogger award from Clare Curd. I admire Clare' s work and her enthusiasm for craft. It is great to put faces to names and most of us will know Clare after her appearance on QVC and her Docraft articles.
Without further ado I am passing this award to:-
Vera ... Joanne...Gina...Jilli ...Julie

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

This the first time I have entered this challenge. I have been a long time admirer of PB stamps. My collection is small but growing all the time, they are very addictive stamps.
This is for week 32 'Lets Get Dotty'. A great theme that generated inspiration immediately.
I used a white base card and matted DCWV blue spotted paper from the spring stack onto blue card. My image is the dog from Critter Party images, circles are nestibilities scallops, ribbon is Papermania dots and small hearts are X-cut punch.
I enjoyed making this card.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Clare's Sketch of the Week

I am trying to do a little more in the way of challenges this year so this is for Clare Curd's sketch of the week on the docrafts site. I just love my Penny Black stamps (can you guess). So I have used yet another hedgehog. This time I used Papermania paper background and the X-cut punch and border system to make the patterned strip. Coloured the image with Copic pens and cut this out with nestibilities (another favourite, need to get more shapes......). The butterfly is from Personal Impressions.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Spring Again

I think I am just being hopeful that Spring is just round the corner. Especially when I look out the window and see the wind and sleet. I made this card from left over peel offs. I have decided to use things that have been lying in my stash for ages. I'm sure we all have such items that we are not too sure what to do with! I found rainbow paper and a little ribbon I had bought in the summer on the Isle of Bute. Every where I visit that has a craft shop I buy something as a remembrance and this was such an item. This is a simple card but I think eye catching.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Another Lovely Award

I have been given another great award from Vera I am absolutely thrilled. I have had a look to see who has not yet received this award but I am finding it hard to find anyone, so if there is anyone out there who does not have this award please feel free to take it and leave a little message to let me know you have it. I can then have a look at your blog too.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Clare's Weekly Challenge

I have just uploaded this card to the Docrafts site for Clare's Challenge which was spring. I enjoyed making this card with the free stamps from Cardmaking and Papercrafter this month. I coloured the image with inkabilities inks and chalks. The backing paper is from K & co baby boy stripe. My flowers are Sizzix and then embossed with Swiss Dots embossing folder and highlighted with Liquid Pearls.

Look an Award!

I have just been given an award from vera . Thank you so much its nice to receive these awards .

The rules are:- Put the award on your blog. Put a link on your blog of the person who gave it to you. Nominate 5 other people. Leave a comment on their blog so they know they have been given it.

I am giving this award to the following -

meahni ... alex ... lesley ... sarah ... jilli

Charismacardz Challenge #2

This is my entry for the second challenge for charismacardz. The theme this week is FANTASY so first thing to pop into my head was fairies, and who doesn't like them. I enjoyed making this card.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Artist Trading Cards can be fun to make using little bits of left over card. I made ths one for a friend in Cornwall with the Forever Friends champagne stamp and punched stars with 2009 on them. In the past I have received some beautiful ATC's from Edna. Often the ATC' can be used as toppers for cards.

Monday, January 12, 2009


I made this card to send to our cousin in Canada for his early retirement. I used nestibilities scalloped circles to make the card and mounts. The stamp is Penny Black Party Critters with hand written sentiments. I made a matching envelope. Hope he likes it!


I don't know about anyone else but I get freebies from magazines and often add them to my stash and forget about them. Well this is one such item, I got the free calander from cardmaking and Papercraft last year which was Flower Fairies. Lots of lovely decoupage images to make. I do not often do decoupage so put them aside, but as I was unwell over Christmas I was not up to crafting in my room so decided to cut out some of the images and this is one I have finally made up. See what you think!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Challenge 2

The next challenge was for Clare's Sketch of the Week. I made this card with an Artemio Magenta flower stamp trimmed with curled wire, Cuttlebud Dots embossing folder (love this can you tell!) and papers from Daisy Bucket Designs.

Challenge 1

I have just uploaded these entries to the Docraft site for Clare Curds Challenge of the Week and Sketch of the Week. The first one challenge of the week was to use only 5 elements.
1. Stamped image
2. Cuttlebug Dots emossed background
3. Ribbon
4. Rub-on greeting
5. Tag
This was quite difficut as I don't usually count the number of items on my cards.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Make a wish blue

Well as promised I have made a blue version of the card for Fiona this time. I always try to make the same card in different colours for the girls. Hope they like them but won't know till end of February.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Make a wish

I am uploading this card to take part in the new charisma cards blog 1st challenge. We were asked to make a pink card, so here it is. I ejoyed making this card, it is for my niece Karen. I will now make another card the same design in blue for her twin sister.
Why don't you have a go too?

Thursday, January 08, 2009

New Year card

I am posting a New Year card as promised earlier today.

Happy New Year at last !!!

A very Happy New Year to all albeit a little late. Unfortunately I was unwell over the feative period and have not been able to post. You will understand how unwell I was with pluerisy that I could not even muster up enough energy to craft (anyone who knows me will tell you that is bad as I generally craft every possible day). I made a couple of cards yesterday but Hubby has yet to photograph them so I will post them later. Hope all you bloggers had a great time over Christmas and New Year and didn't over indulge too much!!!