Thursday, 31 May 2012

Less is More week 69 Recipe

Morning everyone, where's the sun gone? It's 10 degrees cooler today as well! Well here I am at last with my card for this week's challenge at Less is More. The criteria is to make a shaped card, neither a square or a rectangle. Sounds easy but I've tried several things with no success mainly because it should have white space on it and mine were getting pretty full up :))
So this is what I decided to submit, thinking that enough was enough!!

 This is a very old digi image from TLC  and was an alphabet one "H is for Hugs". I coloured the bears with PM's and cut around the image so that he stood out.
Hope the weather stays fine for the weekend and that you enjoy any Jubilee events that are planned :)

Monday, 28 May 2012

MMM week 51-colour

Well it's Monday again and time for a new challenge at MMM. The continuing theme is FLORAL but this week we have a colour theme of White, Pink and Green with floral being the main image. Love these colours and my BIL gave me two lovely hanging baskets at the weekend which sort of gave me the idea for my card. Hope you like it :)

The card base is made from core'dinations card that I cut  into a flowerpot shape and turned the top back to create the rim. I punched the edge with an Anna Griffin punch and also the strip across the centre. The sentiment was stamped and punched out with an SU label punch. The flowers and leaves are clear stamps from Anna Griffin with little punched centres and pearls and a ribbon tag to pull the message out.

I made a stand for the card which is white with a green stamped vine on it although it looks green in the photo!

We've had a very busy few days as Charlie came to visit! It was Keir and Lara's 4th wedding anniversary and we baby sat for their first night out since his birth:) We went shopping, had afternoon tea in the courtyard of a lovely hotel, visited my SIL in Kent and had a fabulous lunch in Surrey after Keir had one of those driving experiences and the weather was fabulous!!
Hope this lovely weather continues although a little less humidity and a breeze would be nice! Never satisfied eh? :)

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

MMM week 50

Morning everyone and what a glorious day it is here in Enfield! Supposed to be really warm today as well and good prospects for the weekend. Hope fully the forecast is right,  Charlie is coming to stay tomorrow and we have a busy weekend planned.
The floral theme is continuing at MMM but this week they would like to see:
                         'Wild Flowers and Grasses'
Here is what I came up with, I had to get it finished before Charlie arrives as I won't be crafting for a few days :)

I created a border using ferns from Chapel Art and a set from Stamps by Judith which has the little flowers on a stick stamp. The poppy stamp is a Creative Expressions one which I coloured with Bundled Sage and Spiced Marmalade cut out and popped up with pinflair. The sentiment is an old See Dee one.
Thanks for taking the time to visit I'm off to Aquafit now! Have a good day :)

Monday, 21 May 2012

Less is More week 68 Theme

I was about to say "evening all" but my sister Karen says it reminds her of Dixon of Dock Green which just proves how old she is if she can remember that!!!
Chrissie and Mandi's challenge this week is to make a card for a BABY or CHILD. Here is what I came up with:                                                                                                                               

The stamp is a very old freebie from Craft Stamper stamped onto Sweet Pea BP from Craftwork Cards and the wheel is a button from SU embosslits. I matted onto a square from the same pad and added a strip of ribbon. The strip across the middle was punched with an Anna Griffin punch.

I've had a very enjoyable week, I was asked by my ex colleagues to judge their annual hairdressing competition at college, which is an event that I used to organise. I had an email from Tando Creative asking if they could showcase the card I made for my sister and today I was invited back for a demo session with  celebrity hairdresser Gary Baker. Nice to be back in a hairdressing environment although I don't miss the work :))
Thanks for visiting me and I hope you leave a comment so that I can visit you!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

MMM week 49

The MMM challenge has the  continuing  FLORAL theme but this week they want to see FLORAL with MUSIC but with flowers being the main image.
A few weeks ago I bought a couple of new EF and one of them is a music one and I had played around with it on some core'dinations card and it was sitting on my desk waiting to be used. So along with some SU Botanical blooms and Chapel Art Ferns this is what emerged.

The inks were Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi and Perfect Plum. The ribbon is from MeiFlower as are the pearls and I popped up four little flowers with pin flair.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and please leave a comment so that I can pop over to visit you!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Less is More week 67 one layer

Well the sun is shining here today, lovely blue sky and warmer in the garden than indoors! Thought I'd get in earlier this week for the LIM challenge, so less stressful :o) No easier though, this week  Chrissie and Mandi want a

This time we have the stipulation to
not four, not two... but 3!

I don't mind a one layer card but sticking to 3 stamps was difficult! Which three to pick? Anyway I came up with this and may have another go later in the week if inspiration strikes!

By the way you don't need glasses, I shadow stamped the sentiment :o) 
The stamps are by Creative Expressions and the sentiment is an old SeeDee one. The inks are all SU and I added a few pearls on the blossoms.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and if you leave a comment I'll pop over to see you too!

Friday, 11 May 2012

Yellow and White

I'm really running late this week having had a lovely extended weekend and lacking inspiration! This week's Less is More challenge is     Y E L L O W and the one over at MMM is white flowers. I tried to combine the two but I'm worried there is not enough white space for Chrissie and Mandi!
So I made another one just in case :o)
Here is the first one, what do you think?                            

I used an Anna Griffin lace stamp, cut out the centre panel and mounted onto yellow card. The flower was punched out, layered up and mounted with a yellow crystal brad. The sentiment is an old stamp, stamped with the SU So Saffron, the same as the lace stamp and attached with a heart brad.

This is my second attempt, again using an Anna Griffin stamp to make a border using versamark and white EP. Sponged with Mustard Seed DI and a touch of Spiced Marmalade. A couple of punched flowers and a sentiment complete the card.

I was all ready to post my cards and the internet went down, OMG!!! Anyway it's all good now and I'm off to try and catch up with my commenting :o)

Thanks for taking the time to visit me, it's much appreciated!

Thursday, 10 May 2012

The ups and downs of a Bank Holiday!

Evening all and firstly, welcome to my new followers.
 Well one of the downs was predictable, the weather! So much rain and a hose pipe ban! We were down in Somerset for a night, visiting my sister Karen as it had been her birthday, a special one, but I won't divulge which one :o)
I made a card using a printer's tray from Tando and added embellishments to reflect Karen's interests and this is the result:

 From there we went on down to Portsmouth to stay with my son and his wife and my darling grandson Charlie! He is growing fast and now we get great gummy smiles! The weather was lovely yesterday and we had a great afternoon in Wickham with a very nice cream tea!!

Kept missing the smile!

The other down was that our cat, Miney died while we were away and my son Dominic had to deal with that. He was 19 and had a good life but this is the third time that one of our cats has died when we are away and I think Dom is getting a complex :o)
 So, ups and downs,  no crafting and very little commenting for which I apologise. I must try and get  a couple of challenge cards done tomorrow if inspiration strikes.
Thanks for bearing with me :o)

Saturday, 5 May 2012

DT challenge for CBGM-Stripes or spots

Hi everyone and welcome to this month's challenge at Creations by Gill McCall. The challenge this month is to use Stripes and or Spots either as a feature or as backing paper. Here is what I came up with and I hope you like it:)
 The BP is from my stash and I punched around the page with an Anna Griffin punch. The topper is a Darice EF on c'oredinations paper, sanded and distressed with Victorian Velvet DI. I used a ribbon punch between the candles and slotted polka dot ribbon through and attached to the card with silicone glue. I added material brads to the corners and  the sentiment is from my xyron digital runner.

Check out the other DT cards on Gill's blog and remember that to be included in the challenge you need to be a follower of Gill's blog and mention the challenge in your posting.
Good luck this month;)

Tuesday, 1 May 2012


Evening all, here we are at week 47 at Make My Monday. This is the final MEN AND BOYS themed challenge and this week the challenge is


Time, methinks for this rain to go away! We had hail the size of golf balls last night and the noise along with the thunder and lightening was quite alarming!

Anyway here in my take on this week's challenge.

The BP is from my stash, torn in half and distressed with Walnut Stain DI. The stamps are a very old Rubbadubbado one and a freebie from Craft Stamper with the sentiment. The torn watch face is from Tim Holtz EF with gold embossing and distressed edges. I made a pocket for the fob and added a chain . The words in the white river are:
Time waits for no man

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