Wednesday, 27 June 2012

WOW - English Rose


Thank you to everyone for their kind comments recently, they are much appreciated and really spur me on!

Now for my next offering.  This is an entry for WOW! Embossing Powders' June Challenge which is Best Of British.  I have been exceptionally predictable and gone with... you guessed it... red, white and blue!  As I am English, I have popped a few little English roses on there too, for added patriotism!

Here is my homage to the British Isles;

A close up of my handmade 'roses'
As you can see, the lighting here isn't getting any better!  I have had to move from my original room into the one at the front of the house and the light isn't the same - not helped in the slightest by the poor excuse for summer we are currently experiencing!  Hey ho, what would a 'best of British' post be without a little moan about the weather!  Ha ha!

I'm enjoying being back in blogland and again would like to thank those who are kind enough to leave me a little comment just to let me know that they have stopped by  :)

Have a good one!

Card:     Paper Mill Direct - White, Sky Blue, Pillar Box Red
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Big Day Additions; Verve - Bloom and Grow
Ink:        VersaColor - Lapis Lazuli
Other:    Papermania Clear embossing powder; Navy blue embroidery thread; red and white pearls

Monday, 25 June 2012

CASE Study Challenge #96

Hello there!

I am back this week with my entry for the CASE Study Challenge.  I really thought it was going to be a challenge as the card chosen this week, as adorable as it is, is so far from my style and comfort zone that I was expecting to really struggle.  Luckily, when I sat down with the colours in mind, this card just flowed.  I really enjoyed making it and I was surprisingly pleased with how it turned out!  (Without meaning to sound arrogant - you guys know that feeling I'm sure!)

Here's the inspiration card from Joy Taylor;

I decided, if slightly subconsciously, to take my inspiration from the colours rather than the layout like I did last week.

Here's my card;

Ok, so I've used Teal rather than Turquoise, but I'm sure you guys will let me off - they're part of the same colour family after all :)

As always, let me know what you think, I always appreciate your feedback and I WILL have the opportunity to make more of an effort to reply to you all!  I visit far too many blogs without leaving comments - naughty Sian!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Teal, Dark Brown, Ivory Linen
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Big Day Essentials
Ink:         VersaColor - Brown
Others:   Crafty Ribbons Seam Binding - Latte, Leandro Blue; Pearls - Sea Blue

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Crafty Ribbons Challenge 28 - Saddle Stitch Ribbon

Hello there!

This is my second post of the day - scroll down to see my CASE Study post :)

I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the fourteen to take part in this challenge over at Crafty Ribbons blog and I really enjoyed it!  The challenge was to make two projects showcasing beautiful saddle stitch ribbons.

When my ribbons arrived my OCD took over and I felt compelled to lay them out in rainbow colour order (I was the same with coloured oencils when I was younger!) Anyway, this caused a little spark in my brain and my first card for this challenge was born...

Black, white and rainbow....aaaahh - it makes me happy! 

My second card I aready had an idea for before my ribbons arrived, I wanted to make little ribbon flowers and here is how they turned out...

David Bailey I am not, so I'm hoping that when Ali over at Crafty Ribbons photographs these they will look a liitle better??! 

Keep an eye out on the Crafty Ribbons blog for the other 13 entrants' creations, they are sure to be fabulous! 

Thanks for stopping by  :)
Card 1
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Black
Stamps:  Verve - Hope Blooms
Ink:         VersaColor - Black; TH Distress Ink - Wild Honey
Ribbons: Crafty Ribbons Saddle Stitch - Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, Lilac
Other:     WOW! black embossing powder; rhinestones

Card 2
Card:       Paper Mill Direct - White, Black, Coral Pink; K&Co. Best of Papers
Stamps:   Verve - Kind Words, Bloom and Grow
Ink:          TH Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet
Ribbons:  Crafty Ribbons Saddle Stitch - Lilac, Baby Blue, Baby Pink
Other:      Spellbinders - Classic Circles & Scallop Circles; Verve Cut Above Die - Elegant
                Leaves; pearls; rhinestones

Case Study Challenge #95


It's been waaaay too long since I last had the opportunity to play along with the Case Study Challenge (don't tell the others, but it's definitely one of my favourites!) So I'm pleased to have had the chance this week, albeit I'm cutting it a bit fine - my middle name is!

Here's the card from Joy Taylor that I have CASE'd. 

My CASE is a fairly obvious one I know, but there was no way to improve on such brilliant composition and colouring, what can I say?!

Apologies for the photographs, the good ol' English summer weather has cesaed to disappoint with some marvellous grey skies and clouds!

I hope you like it and look forward to hearing from you :)  Thanks for stopping by.

Card:     Paper Mill Direct - White, Pale Turquoise, Lime Green; Hono Papers - Flowers and Fairies
Stamps: Verve - One Person, Sunny Days
Ink:        VersaColor - Old Rose, Evergreen; SU! - Black
Other:    Spellbinders - Classic Scallop Edgeabilities; Sizzix TH Tattered Florals; Pearls

Friday, 15 June 2012

Viva La Verve - June Week 2 I'm not posting these in order...I know, I'm sorry!  I'm hoping that I'll manage to get all four weeks entries made this month, but I'll be honest, I'm not holding my breath!  Ill try :)

Here is the sketch for Week 2 and my card;

It's another very 'un-me' card - I think the sun coming out for a whole two days had an effect on me!!

Let me know what you think :)

Card:     Paper Mill Direct - White, Ocean Blue, Grape, Lilac, Primrose Yellow, Ivory Hammered,
              Lime Green, Pale Turquoise
Stamps: Verve - Sunny Days; Papermania - V&A Cornfield; Waltzingmouse - Big Day Additions
Ink:        VersaColor - Violet, Silver, Evergreen; Ranger - Perfect Medium, Broken China Distress Ink
Other:    Wow Embossing Powder - Primary Lagoon; Papermania clear embossing powder; Verve - A
              Cut Above Die - Leafy Sprigs; doily; purple jewellery wire; ivory/pearl seed beads;

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #101

Hello there!

It's been a little while since I last posted, but I have been busy trying to get cards made for several challenges, so stay tuned :)

I received my first Waltzingmouse Stamps on Monday this week and I was so excited!  I've wanted these stamp sets (and many, many more!) for an age.  Maybe I'll treat myself to some more again soon - sshh, don't tell the old man!!

As I now am the proud owner of some Waltzingmouse stamps, I could enter the sketch challenge which is something else I have wanted to do for some time.

I'll be honest, I'm not sure I'm entirely happy with how it turned out (typical!) It didn't seem to matter what I altered, something's just not right?!  Anyway, I thought I would post and enter it anyway - it can't hurt and maybe someone will look at it and the answer will jump right out at them!  If it does, then please let me know, I'd appreciate it!

Enough of my rambling, here's the sketch and my card;

Despite something being wrong, I am pleased with how my little flower turned out :)

Thanks for dropping by!

Card:     Paper Mill Direct - White, Lilac, Primrose Yellow, Citrus Orange, Lime Green, Linen Ivory
              Handmade Paper - Turquoise
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Big Day Additions; Verve - Sunny Days
Ink:        VersaColor - Violet, Evergreen; Distress Ink - Wild Honey
Other:    Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die; Spellbinders - Doily Motifs, Classic Circles and
              Scalloped Circles; Brinze jewellery wire; gold seed beads; pearls; rhinestones; Papermania
              clear embossing powder