Monday, 29 July 2013

a quick birthday muse...

Hello guys and girls!

Tomorrow is my cousin's son's birthday and I made him a card based on this week's Muse challenge.  This week the Muse guest designer is Lynn Mangan.  If you don't know Lynn already (which I'm pretty sure everyone does!) then you need to get yourself over to her blog - she's just amazing!

Being as I had to come up with a card for a boy, I was so pleased when I saw Lynn's muse was perfect!!

Here it is...

..and here's my card...

As you can see, I kept it pretty much true to Lynn's original, I just swapped out the flowers for balloons - I don't think a 9 year old boy would appreciate the flowers somehow!!?  ;)  I love the 'Polaroid' frame look! 

I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with for this challenge, it's very much open to interpretation and I bet there'll be some really out-of-the-box corkers for this one :)

I hope Charlie has a fantastic day :)

Thank you for stopping by guys ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Navy, Bright Red, Sky Blue, Daffodil, Citrus Orange, Apple Green
Stamps:  Stamping All Day - Art Deco Birthday
Ink:         Ranger - Perfect Medium
Other:     WOW! - Opaque Pastel Blue e/p; jewellery wire; white pencil

Thursday, 25 July 2013

CASE Study Christmas...

Hey guys!

How y'all doing?  Just a quick post today as my bed is calling me!

I'm here with an entry for the CASE Study Challenge.  It has been an inexcusably long time since I played along, but here I am...better late than never! :)

This week is the last week of July's fabulous Muse, Jocelyn Olson.  Here is her inspiration card...

Don't you just love this?!!!  I love the bright splashes of colour and tried to emulate this in my card.  As I'm still on a bit of a Christmas kick I thought I'd incorporate that into the design too and come up with something a little non-traditional (to say the least!)

I had this idea in my head that I was going to make my 'splodges' (I can't think of another word for it at this time of night...apologies) by stamping a variety of snowflakes in pink and yellow and it was going to turn out perfect...hmmm.  This is the second go at trying to find the right shape/size/density snowflakes to use together, bla, bla all know how this one goes!  I think I might like it...I'm not entirely sure yet...I don't think I ever will be because it doesn't look the way I had imagined...hmmm.  I also envisaged a nice big, black, bold Christmas sentiment right in the middle too...until I realised I don't have a stamp like that...that was a bit of a bummer!  Sooo, I popped these three sentiments together and I'm quite happy with how they look...very multi-cultural/lingual and inclusive ;)

What d'ya think?  I love getting feedback from you all...and I want the honest truth people because I'm feeling a bit nonplussed about this one and I'd love to hear your opinions :)

Thanks as always for stopping by ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Raspberry Pink
Stamps: Penny Black - Crystalline; Verve - Glad Tidings
Ink:        VersaColor - Magenta; Papermania - Yellow
Other:    Pearls

Sunday, 21 July 2013

a pink Christmas in July...


I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend...I certainly have :)  I would like to say thank you to all you lovely lovelies who have stopped by my blog and left comments, and also to those who just came for a nose!  I appreciate that you still stop by even though I've been MIA :)  I love blogland, don't you?!

I was snooping checking out some blogs the other day and I saw this one by Ardyth.  It has occurred to me that Christmas, in crafting terms, really isn't that far away and that I ought to get my finger out of my 'nose' (I thought I should be polite!) and get some Christmas card making underway.  I haven't participated in the Festive Friday challenge before so I thought I'd give it a go :)  The challenge this time is to make a Christmas project using the colours pink, white and silver.  I LOVE non-traditional Christmas colours so I was in there like swimwear!

How pretty is that inspiration picture!!?  I hope those are little square 'biscuit-tiles' (yes, I just made that up) because they look scrumptious...almost too good to eat! :)

Here is my pink, white and silver Christmas card contribution...

Once again, my inability to photograph glitter has let me down and so unless you zoom in on this picture you can't see the sparkly sparkles on my snowflake :(  If you don't want to/can't click on it then you'll just have to take my word for it that it's there.  I'm still not sure about this minute I like it, the next I'm not sure?  Maybe it'll be a 'grower' - I hope so :)

Thank you for stopping by ;)

Card:     Paper Mill Direct - White, Pink Sorbet; John Lewis - silver tissue mesh paper
Stamps: Penny Black - Crystalline
Ink:       VersaColor - Old Rose
Other:   WOW! - White Pearl e/p; Spellbinders - Parisian Motifs, Create A Flake 3; glitter glue; rhinestones

Thursday, 18 July 2013

feeling nautical...

Well hello there!

I have missed you all and I have missed sitting at my desk and being creative!!  But today I had the opportunity to cram some card making into my life and I feel so much better for it :)

I haven't been completely cut off from goings-ons in blogland, I still get my email updates even if I haven't had the chance to visit you all.  Through my emails I was aware that the Curtain Call Challenge is back!  Now, I never played the first time round and I'll be honest, it was on the peripheral of my blog challenge radar as I was a complete blogging novice at that point.  This time though I am going to join in!

This challenge couldn't have been more perfectly timed for me.  The inspiration is 'Feeling Nautical'.  This weekend just gone a friend of mine told me that she had passed my details on to a friend of hers who is getting married; she's planning a nautical themed wedding.  Like I said - perfect timing!  I have SO many ideas for this theme, however very few stamps etc that relate to anything remotely nautical, so for now I am working with what I have but it's a situation that will be resolved promptly!!  Any excuse to shop hey?!  ;) 

The Design Team have done a fantastic job with their samples for this theme, I am in awe :)

Ok, enough babble, card time!

...I have started with the, white, red, gold, stripes and a little 'star-fish' (?!)  The sentiment is embossed in gold (I don't know how well it shows in the picture?)

Like I said, I have LOADS of ideas for this and I am hoping to find the time to turn them all into reality before the deadline, but to be honest I'm pleased to have made a card and posted it!  I have made a few cards for challenges recently but ran out of time to post/enter them!  That's more frustrating than not making one in the first place don't you find?!  

Thank you, as always, for stopping by...I do appreciate your support especially given my intermittent posting of late :)  I'm really hoping I'll be here a bit more often ;)

Card:     Paper Mill Direct - White, Navy, Bright Red
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Big Day Essentials
Ink:       Ranger - Perfect Medium
Other:   WOW! - Metallic Gold Rich; rhinestones