Monday, 21 January 2013

Hugs and Kisses and the Smallest Things :)

Hello people!

I hope you are well :)

I am pleased to say that although I'm a little late uploading these, I have actually managed to keep up to date with the sketches at Viva La Verve this month - I hope it continues throughout the year!

Here are the beautiful sketches;

Week 3 by the marvellous Maureen Plut:

And week 4 by the fabulous Janelle Stollfus;

And here are my attempts to do justice to the Divas!

Week 3:

Week 4:

I'll be honest, neither of these turned out quite as I had imagined from my little brainstorm sketches, but hey, that's the fun of it right?!  I'm quite happy with how they ended up so not all is lost :)

Thank you for stopping by :)


Week 3
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Black, Bright Red
Stamps: Paula Pascual - Filled With Flowers
Ink:        Ranger - Perfect Medium
Other:    Spellbinders - Classic Edges Two; ef - Grunge Stripes, Grunge Dots, Swiss Dots; Cosmic Shimmer
             Red Aurora ep; thread, rhinestones

Week 4
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Lilac, Grape, Peppermint, Lime; K&Co - Best Of
Stamps: Verve - Smallest Things
Ink:        Versacolor - Violet
Other:    Spellbinders - Classic Edges Scallop; Tonic corner punch; Crafty Ribbons seam binding - Dew
             Kissed; WOW! Embossing Powder - Violet Pearl; thread, pearls

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Mojo Monday 275...

Before I get into this blog post proper, I would just like to say an absolutely MASSIVE thank you to all those who have taken the time to look/leave such encouraging comments on my recent posts.  I thought that as I had been away for a while that it would take an age for people to see that I was back, but I obviously forgot how warm, welcoming and wonderful this card making/paper crafting community is and I have been blown away :)  So, thank you :) Anyways back to the cards...

I have not played along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge for sooooo long it's ridiculous.  Well, no more!  The sketch is a bit out of my comfort zone as it pushes me out of my CAS style into something a little more embellished - hopefully it doesn't just look like a great big jumble!!  It's good to push the boundaries a little though :)

Here is the sketch;

And here is my jumble!

Because I am not used to having so many layers, I really struggle with choosing enough colours to provide the definition between the layers whilst, hopefully, it not looking like a great big mess!  You'll have to let me know what you think because I'm really not sure about how this has turned out - it is growing on me though :)

Thanks, as always, for stopping by :)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Pink Sorbet, Peppermint, Cerise, Sky Grey; Best of K&Co; handmade 
              paper from too long ago!
Stamps: Verve - Hope Blooms, Bloom & Grow; Papermania - V&A Cornfield
Ink:        VersaColor - Peony, Black, Green, Sky Grey
Other:    Spellbinders - Fleur De Lis Motifs, Anemone Flower Toppers; Verve - Elegant Leaves; Craft 
             Concepts ef's - Grunge Stripe, Venus, Cottage Florals; WOW! Embossing Powder - Clear, Ebony;
             Doily, pearls

A New Little Someone...

My endeavor to create and blog more frequently is going well so far ... I am aware it is only a few days into the year however!

Here is a card for my friend who is going to have a little baby girl any day now - I am very excited!  I used the sketch for this week's Viva La Verve challenge by Teresa Kline.  I love her work and this sketch is awesome - I may have to use this one again soon :)

The light that I have is a bit rubbish, so until the sun comes out I'm afraid you'll have to put up with slightly crappy photographs!  I was quite pleased with how this card turned out - I hope my friend likes it too :)

Thanks for stopping by :)

Card:     Paper Mill Direct - White, Black, Pink Sorbet; Best Of K&Co
Stamps: Verve - Hope Blooms; Stamping All Day - Baby Feet
Ink:        VersaColor - Old Rose, Peony
Other:    Spellbinders - Fleur De Lis Motifs, Classic Circles Large and Small, Classic Scallop, Classic Edges
             Two;WOW! Embossing Powder - Pastel Pink, Tickled Pink; Crafty Ribbons - Fancy Edge Taffeta 
             Pink; thread; pearls

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Sketchbook Saturday #87...

Hello again, only me!

Sketchbook Saturday is a sketch challenge that I have been wanting to participate in for a long time but somehow never got around to it?!  It is hosted by the fabulous Chupa - she never fails to inspire!

This week the sketch is;

And here is my take on it;

I think it's quite obvious that I was as inspired as Chupa was by this set of cards - aren't they gorgeous?!!  This will be going to my darling other half next month - unless I make a Valentines card that I prefer, then he'll get that one! :)

Thanks for stopping by guys :)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Black, Bright Red
Stamps: Hero Arts - Valentines Flourishes
Ink:        Ranger - Perfect Medium; VersaColor - Black, Silver
Other:    Spellbinders - Classic Scallop; WOW! EP - Ebony; Cosmic Shimmer ep - Red Aurora;
             Craft Concepts ef - Grunge Stripes; silver thread; silver magic cord; rhinestones

Let It Snow...

Hello there!

How is everyone this morning?!  Good I hope :)  

I am going to get into the swing of things early this year and posting regularly is right up there on my to-do list.  Over the past few years I either seemed to have a lot of time or no time at all - this was due in part to work and other boring life commitments, but also to falling out of the habit of photographing and actually posting about the cards I made.  This year I am determined that it will be different and I am planning (with all the good intentions that January brings!) to make a considerably stepped up effort to come here more often!  I hope you don't get bored of seeing me so often!

Anyway, that's my little waffle over - on to the more interesting part, hopefully!  :)

Here's a little card I made for two challenges - WOW! Embossing Challenge where the theme is Ice & Snow and CASology where the cue word is 'Winter'.

I don't know if it shows up very well in this photograph, but the snowflakes are fabulously sparkly!  As is usual, this card looks better in real life but I hope you can get the general gist of it?!

Thanks for dropping in :)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White
Stamps: Papermania - Let It Snow
Ink:        VersaColor - Lapis Lazuli
Other:    WOW! embossing powder - White Pearl; Spellbinders - Create A Flake 3; Swiss Dots ef; glitter 
             glue; rhinestones and pearls

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

A time for thanks

Hey guys!

How are you all doing?  As Christmas has been and gone, now is the time to say thank you to all those who kindly sent gifts.

Here are my thank you's;

For my Sister

For my Mum

For my Dad

For my In-Laws

For my Brother

For my Nan

I hope these cards have been as gratefully received as my fabulous gifts were :)

As always, thanks for stopping by :)

If you would like to know what I used for a particular card then please feel free to email me and I will happily oblige - it would make rather a long list to name everything!  :)