Monday, 31 October 2011

Less is More Week 39 Lucky Dip - Stars

This weeks challenge for the Limettes is inspired by the guest designer Vicky and because she is such a star that is the theme this week!
I didn't think I had anything suitable but came across a set of stamps that came free with a magazine that I hadn't really looked at.
I stamped the tree with versamark and embossed with gold EP. I stamped an extra star and popped it up with a foam dot and  matted onto kraft cardstock.
The strip across the centre is stamped with gold ink and a gold dot added to the centre of each star. The tree is raised on foam strips onto a square card base.

Thanks for visiting and i love to read any comments you leave and visit you too:)

Thursday, 27 October 2011


Hi all just a quick posting of the card I made for my sister Karen's wedding anniversary today.

 I made a stepper card and covered the side panels with a botanical paper from my stash. There were lots of elements on it and I cut out several for the embellishments which I highlighted with glossy accents. The two central panels were matted with Debbi Moore paper.
Thanks for taking the time to visit;)

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Less is More week 38 Recipe

Nice to be back in the groove again after missing 2 weeks challenges at Less is More, not that I'm complaining, Greek islands are very nice!!
Anyway this week the challenge is a really easy recipe which is simply


As long as your design is Clean and Simple, has some white space (or its equivalent) and polka dots in evidence somewhere, it will be perfect for this challenge.

I have used a JS stamp, very retro, which I thought suited polka dots perfectly. I stamped onto white card using black Memento and again onto blue dotty paper. I then paper pieced the hat and dress and added a couple of pearls. I used PM's for the skin and hair and added a tiny piece of ribbon on the hat. 
I matted onto blue and white card and the sentiment is from my Xyron printer.
Check out Chrissie and Mandi's wonderful inspirations and join the rest of the Limettes every week on this wonderful challenge blog:)

My sister has just pointed out that my stamp is from Creative Expressions so apologies for misleading everyone:)

Saturday, 22 October 2011

July Rak card

Just a quick post to show my rather belated but welcome card for July from Barbara!
We are just back from a break on Zakynthos which was lovely although we experienced a hurricane last weekend! Felt like we were in the middle of a disaster movie:) Luckily it only lasted a day and a half and we were able to get some sun on our old bones and pootle about the island:) I'd like to know who turned the heating off since we went away!!! BRRrrrrr......
Unfortunately Tulsa, one of our cats, died on the day we travelled home but he was nearly 18 and had  a good life. He was a rescue cat that had been abandoned in a box  and my son, Dominic, found him Thursday morning  curled up in a shoe box where he had died. Strange eh? The other coincidence is that another cat of ours also died whilst Dominic was looking after her!!!! That was 15 years ago but he's getting paranoid having to deal with dead cats!

Transport theme challenge

Gill's challenge this week is to create a card, SB layout or project using a transport theme. 
My youngest son, Keir, had a birthday in August and I wanted to make a card for him that re-lived his car experience earlier this year. He got to drive an Audi 8 several times around a test track in Surrey and had a ball! Photos were taken by me and the official camera and I have used these to make the card.

I made the BP on Craft Artist with a photo I took as Keir drove back in, faded it out and mounted it onto card. I cut a channel out at the bottom as you would for a slider card. The car is one of the official photos and Keir can be seen in the driving seat. I printed it out, cut around it and mounted it onto card. I attached it to a long strip of card so that it could be pulled across the card. I mounted it all onto a cream mat and a burgundy base 

The corners are embossed and the wording across the top says "0-60 in 3.2 seconds". I printed this out in bubble font to replicate the car dials. Pulling the happy birthday strip moves the car across the card.
Check out the DT designs on Gill's blog and good luck with the challenge.
Remember you need to be a follower of Gill's blog, link your post directly to the challenge and mention CBGM in your posting.
Thanks for visiting today:)

Saturday, 8 October 2011

October Rak card

A quick post to show the lovely card that I received yesterday from Donna, who doesn't have a blog yet so I can't tell you to go visit her! If you are interested in receiving a lovely card each month then go and check out Gill's blog and all the info is there :)The theme this month was colours of your flag and Donna very creatively has put at the bottom " Red, blue and white make Lilac!" Definitely thinking outside of the box:).
Off to bed soon as we have an early flight tomorrow morning, all packed and ready to go! Happy crafting while I'm away:)

Vintage Wedding

Gill's challenge this week is to create a wedding card with a vintage theme and use an element of lace - there is no sketch so just use whatever layout style you fancy.

I found a beautiful download on Craftsuprint and thought it would be perfect for the challenge. I printed out all the elements which includes pyramage and a matching envelope.
I attached lace all around the frame and matted the main image onto an 8 x 8 card base. The bow on the front is part of the download but looks very realistic and I added a pearl to the centre and chameleon glitter to the bouquet and veil. The whole download is printed out on to 3 sheets of card but more than one card could be made if you wanted to.
Hope you are inspired by Gill's challenge and check out the rest of the DT samples.

Good luck with the challenge and remember you have to be a follower of Gill's blog, link your post directly to the challenge and mention CBGM in your posting.
Thanks for visiting:)

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Maze book

I made this maze book for my friend Jackie for her birthday a few weeks ago. Until I retired last year Jackie and I worked as a team assessing hairdressing apprentices in their workplace and finding full time students weekly work experience in salons which she now does on her own. We catch up regularly and I wanted something special for her so this is what I made with  lots of shaped tags that pulled out and had various
friend quotations on the back of them .
 The papers are from Debbi Moore.

 Thanks for taking the time to visit me it's much appreciated:)

Less is More week 35 - colour

Here we are again and it's time for another COLOUR challenge.
This week we have chosen
You don't necessarily have to have an exact match, but if your eyes are blue, then any shade of blue will be fine, likewise with brown, grey, green etc.. (We aren't as mean as all that!)
However, the colour you choose should be the predominant colour on your card... we don't want to see just a hint of it.
Just managed a quick card for this weeks LIM challenge in between holidays:)
My eye colour is green and this is what I have come up with using Spanish Olive versamagic and a stamp from I can't remember where!
Thanks for visiting:)

Monday, 3 October 2011


Hi everyone and a special hello to my new followers from our World Cardmaking day blog hop! Hopefully you will check in on all the days as there is some amazing blog candy on offer:)
We are just back from a lovely weekend in Portsmouth to celebrate my DIL's birthday and had a fantastic afternoon in Hamble.

Lara's card is a cross over card, which is two square cards joined together and each flap is cut in half diagonally so that the  decoration on the centre panel can be seen. She loves Forever Friends and anything sweet, hence the cakes in the box!

The paper on the front is an embossed one from some candy that I won a while ago. The label with the sentiment was cut from my silhouette and the bear was stamped and coloured with PM's and mounted on a beaded oval nestie. I punched 2 holes with eyelets and threaded brown ribbon through and tied a bow.

Today is our anniversary (41 years, how did that happen!) and I used the same stamp to make a card for Jim. The BP was from the same candy and I used an MS punch to edge it and added some ribbon and mounted the bear onto a nestie.
As I write this I think Jim is frantically making me a card on Publisher and Dom(eldest son) is cooking a wonderful risotto:)
Thanks for visiting and we are off again on Sunday to Zante so apologies for the lack of comments on your blogs but I will try to visit if I can get internet access!

Sunday, 2 October 2011


Hello crafters and welcome to The World Cardmaking day blog hop on this the 2nd October.
This is a 5 day blog hop with 10 different participants each day hosted by Gill of CBGM

As it is World Cardmaking Day the participants of the hop are donating cards to Gill McCall for charity. Plus in the line up each day you will find a UK crafting celebrity taking part among us mere mortal crafters !!!

Ok then on with the hop - if you have arrived here in blogger land from  Becky  and want to hop along then you're on the right track and I hope you enjoy what you are about to see, not only from me but from all the participants - each day remember to leave  comments as there will be  BIG blog candy from Gill and from sponsors of the hop, for what Gill thinks is the most interesting comment and she will announce the winner 2 days after the hop closes.

                                                                    For this hop I have made 4 cards

For the first one I have used a pearlised cream base card,  added some spotty paper to the bottom half and covered the join with white glittered ribbon. The flower was punched twice and joined with a pink brad. The flourish was cut with my Silhouette and sponged with Tattered Rose DI. The sentiment is an old cd stamp.

My 2nd card is a download that took my fancy from Craftsuprint. I have decoupaged it and added an organza bow to the shoe. 

The 3rd card is has been printed out from a Joanna Sheen RHS cd and then decoupaged. I matted on to green mirri card and added a vintage ribbon bow. The sentiment was printed on the computer and bowed out to cover the stems.

My last card uses free digi leaf paper from TLC and a stamp from Forever Friends which I coloured with promarkers. The bow is vintage ribbon and the sentiment is an old cd one.

Well I hope you like what I have come up with. Now your next hop stop is where you will find another wonderful creation from Alethea

Dont forget to come back for day 2 in this 5 day hop.  Thanks for hopping and see you tomorrow:)


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