Sunday, 30 September 2012

Less is More week 87 Lucky Dip

Does anyone remember the song "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire? I'm feeling a little like that song as my house feels like it's been turned into a grotty bed sit and worse to come tomorrow! I'm probably over exaggerating :) but we are having an extension which starts tomorrow and they are going to pull my utility room down to do it which houses my washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge freezer.  The dish washer I can live without, well I have two men in the house, but the washing machine is vital so that has been plumbed in where the dishwasher was and the fridge freezer stands proud in the middle of the kitchen! The dryer and dish washer are sitting on a board on top of the bath! Good job we're not short of bathroom facilities:) Roll on November.

Anyway I digress and here is my card for the LIM challenge this week which is Love and Marriage.
I tried a couple of things that I wasn't happy with and this is the final result which I feel is a bit ordinary but decided to post in case things get difficult during the building work:)

I couldn't get a decent photo to show the colour which was Spun Sugar would you believe! I think the close up shows it better.
Square card blank
Strip of swiss dots embossing
Sizzex hearts stamped with an old CS freebie, so old it's rubber with foam back!
Sentiment is a bespoke stamp made for my son's wedding.

Thanks for taking the time to visit,I love to read your comments

Friday, 28 September 2012


My son Dominic sprung it on me today that he is to be godfather tomorrow to his friend's little boy, Dylan. So a card was needed pretty quick! His present to Dylan is a  complete set of the tales of  Beatrix Potter so I thought that could be my theme. This is what I came up with:

 I saw a pocket card on Jacqueline's blog with a tutorial and thought it would make a nice card. I printed out Peter Rabbit from some clip art that I found on the internet and also a matching BP. I cut the BP to cover the front and the back corner and cut two tags and popped the images up so that the ears can be used to pull the tags out. I used a sizzex alphabet die to cut the name and added glossy accents to Peter's jacket on the front.

 This photo is self explanatory and shows the inside and the tags in full view. 
Thanks for taking the time to visit it's much appreciated:)

MMM vintage theme week 4

Morning everyone from sunny north London:) This month's theme over at MMM has been vintage and this week they have asked to see vintage TRAVEL. I love anything vintage, including my OH! and find old postcards fascinating so I decided to base my card around them.

The BP is from K & Company and I have layered up some pieces and distressed them. The tag is distressed and torn and stamped with images from Darkroom Door. The ship is from a set of images that I downloaded ages ago and don't know where from!! I cut and shaped the image and covered it with glossy accents.
Thanks for taking the time to visit, I've got to run now as I'm off to aquafit:)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Less is More week 86-recipe

Oh dear tooooo much choice!! This week over at LIM TOWERS Chrissie and Mandi's theme is to Take 3 Challenges. This means we can look back to all 86 challenges and take any  3 and make a card. As I said too much choice so I decided to just make a birthday card for a friend knowing that it would be bound to cover the criteria, and so it did! Come and see:)

 I used the Tied together Couture EF to make a panel and I punched a strip for the edge with an Anna Griffin punch. The butterflies are a WOW build a butterfly stamp set stamped in SU Baja Breeze and with glitter added. the sentiment is also WOW and I added glitter to the edge of the punched strip and to the centres of the crosses on the EF.
So I covered:
Week 43 Bit of Bling
Week 15 Embossing
Week 16 Butterflies

Thanks for taking the time to visit, I love to read your comments:)

Addicted to stamps-theme

Hi everyone, lordy, lordy what's happened to the temperature! It's freezing here but at least it's stopped raining and I've had a lovely weekend with Charlie who hadn't forgotten me since last week:)
Our challenge this week at ATS is a theme and we are asking to see cards depicting SPRING. The DT have created some fabulous cards and I hope you like my card this week:)

I decided to make a tri-fold shutter card and keep it fairly simple. I used cream cardstock and a piece of paper with butterflies and flowers which I think is quite spring like.  I cut out some of the butterflies and flowers and popped them up for dimension. The main flower is a stamp from SU Mixed Bunch, inked in Pretty Pirouette, Certainly Celery and Rose Red and punched out with leaves from the bird on a branch punch. The sentiment is by WOW.

I do hope you'll play along this week, we love to visit your blogs to see your cards.
I'd just like to welcome my latest follower, Jean and thank you for choosing to follow my blog:)
Good luck with this week's challenge!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Addicted to Stamps Bingo challenge

Hi everyone this is our 3rd BINGO challenge at ATS and I don't know about you but I really like them! There is so much choice, although I suppose that, in itself can cause problems:) Anyway here is the bingo grid :

So usual rules apply, you can create anything by choosing any line from the grid, either horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Just try to avoid using anything from the other lines.
Now come and see what I made by using the middle line of Grey (ink & card), Free (flower) and Square ( fleur de lis squares).

My base card is a very pale grey and I stamped the flourish from Everything Eleanor in versamark  Smokey Grey. The fleur de lis die is new and I had to have it having seen a lovely card on Lynne's blog. I cut two sizes and turned one on it's end and sponged pumice stone on the centre. I made the flower after being inspired by Vicky's post the other day, check it out, it's really clever:)
I hope you like my card and will want to play along with us at ATS this week.Check out the rest of the DT cards they are amazing:)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Make My Monday-vintage

Wow I was sorry to miss last week's theme which was vintage wedding at MMM. Did you see the cards, they were stunning! This week the theme is vintage childhood.

Square base card
Coredinations embossed with Couture Creations EF
Digi image downloaded not sure where from and coloured with PM's
Fleur de Lis die
Anna Griffin hardware stamps
Distress inks

Thanks for visiting I love to read your comments:)

Monday, 17 September 2012

Less is More week 85-theme

Well here I am, a little rusty after a fortnight of no crafting and hoping for some inspiration for the latest LIM challenge. Chrissie and Mandi have asked to see OVALS somewhere in a project.

White A6 base card
SU Crumb cake cardstock
Oval scallop punch
Papermania stamp from Japanese set
WOW sentiment
Memento black ink

Off to do some perusing and commenting on the LIM entries, thanks for visiting me, I love to read your comments:)

Sunday, 16 September 2012


Hi everyone thought I'd just pop by to say hello having returned last night from holiday in Brittany. We had a wonderful time, being able to see Charlie all day, every day and the weather was pretty good too:) The pool and jacuzzi were a great hit with us all! I have been keeping an eye on blogger and checking out all your fabulous posts but didn't comment as I was a little busy:)

I had some fab news though as I won the wonderful card that Sylvie made for C&C with Joanna Sheen's stamps and I got a prize for my seaside postcard that I entered into Crafty Cardmakers challenge. I won $10 to spend at the Digi Doodle shop which was fab for me as all their stamps were reduced to $1 each because sadly they are closing. 
The last exciting news I had was that one of my cards is going to be published in Craft Stamper magazine in the readers gallery!! Not sure which month but you can be sure I'll let you know:)

Thought I'd throw in a couple of holiday photos before I make an attempt at the LIM challenge.

Bye for now:)

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark!

Here we are again (hopefully),another scheduled post as I'm still away! This week we are back to the Make your Mark theme at ATS and hoping to see more fabulous creations from you:)
I have just treated myself to a Michael Powell stamp and used brushmarkers and a water brush to create this card.

I stamped it twice and cut out the middle three beach huts and layered them up although it's not that visible in this photo. The centre panel was matted onto lilac card and the sentiment is from WOW.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with and good luck with the challenge:) Do check out the DT cards on the blog they are wonderful!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Addicted to Stamps- sketch challenge

Morning everyone, I hope this post is successful, cos as you read this I am on holiday in Brittany:)
Apologies for not commenting as usual but I'm probably relaxing in the pool or the jacuzzi with a glass of wine!
Anyway I digress, here is the sketch we'd like you to use for this week's Addicted to Stamps challenge:

I thought it would be an opportunity  to make another Christmas card so here is my take on this week's challenge:

Square green card blank
Papers form Bo Bunny
SU Pines & Poinsettia stamp set

I hope you'll pop over to the ATS blog for more inspiration from the DT and I'm looking forward to see your fabulous creations!


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