Saturday, 29 June 2013

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #16

Hello Everyone - hope you've had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend.  Well, it's time for another challenge over at Addicted to CAS and I am your host for this one.  The code word I have chosen is:

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 I've used two Delicious Doodles digital images, the first of which is the Spitfire.  I printed the image off once on card and again on copy paper so I could cut myself a mask.  I also punched out a circle from copy paper so I could use both the positive and negative punched piece for the sun (which I'm thinking may be a tad too big!!!).  I used the negative circle to add colour through the space for the sun and then placed the positive circle over the sun to sponge on my sky.  I added the mask to the plane and tore some copy paper to sponge some hills.  I've used Distress Inks for this (Shabby Shutters and Tumbled Glass).  I have added Crystal Lacquer to the cockpit, nose cone and propellers.  I diecut the image and mat using Spellbinders nesties and then popped up onto the base A5 landscape card.  I rounded the corners of the base card using my Corner Chomper.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up Circle of Friendship set inked in VersaFine Black, punched using my SU 1" punch and matted onto a die cut layer.  Final touch was some thin black ribbon (cut out of a top!!!).

My second card uses the lovely image Pegasus which was printed out onto white card and also onto copy paper so I could cut a mask.  I sponged around the image using a mixture of SU Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace and Perfect Plum.  I have used my Wink of Stella clear pen on the mane and tail and the underside of the wings (although not sure the photo shows that too well).  I die cut the image and white mat using Spellbinders square nesties.  I have then overstamped with my Water Droplets stamp by Designs by Ryn.  The sentiment is computer generated and I've used Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One on the edge and cut a slightly larger mat the same way.

Please pop on over to Addicted to CAS to see the wonderful samples the DT have made for your inspiration.  Just a quick note - normally we have our challenges every two weeks but this challenge will only last for ONE WEEK............with the next challenge starting next Saturday 6th July - so get your skates on and let's see what delights you come up with.

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Crafting.

Friday, 28 June 2013

A Crafty Little Getaway Weekend............

Happy Friday everyone.  Not sure if you know about this but Oyster Stamps are hosting a Crafty Little Getaway Weekend on 17th & 18th August at the Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel in Daventry.  The details are as follows:

As you can see they have got some amazing demonstrators on board........ Paul Church, Martine Smith (Ab Fab Designs), Neet Hickson, Jacqui Dennis and the lovely Anna Marie from Anna Marie Designs.  If you want any more details give Oyster a ring on 01634 686823.  It looks like great fun and I've already booked my place...............what about you?????  lol

Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Technique Tuesday Faux-Chalkboard challenge

Gosh, Wednesday already - where's the week gone?  I saw this challenge at Technique Tuesday a little while ago and thought it'd be really fun to join in and Mynette has done a great little technique video for everyone.

I started off stamping a sentiment from Loving Sentiments by Elusive Images (now Chocolate Baroque) in Versamark ink onto black cardstock and then embossing with white detail e/p (BTW use an antistatic bag unless you want white dots all over the place!!!  lol).  Mynette recommends re-stamping in white ink over your embossed image to create a shadow...........I have done this but think it makes your eyes go a bit funny but perhaps needed to get the shadow a bit closer - however as I used a rubber stamp (as opposed to a clear one) I don't think I did too bad!  I then stamped a floral element from my Meadow Breeze stamp set (Inkylicious) using Stampin Up white ink.  I then cut out and matted using Spellbinders beaded and scalloped ovals.  This was made up into an easel card.  


The stopper was again stamped and embossed with white e/p and die cut using the beaded ovals.  I finished off with a white bow.

Thanks for dropping by.  Not sure what the weather is doing as it started off nicely but we've got some really angry looking black clouds coming over - typical for the first day of Glastonbury!!!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

I'm late, I'm late........for a very important date!!!! of teeth moment - the bar goes down tomorrow for the very first challenge over at Clearly Besotted - Anything Goes;  I really wanted to join the fun and was determined by hook or crook to make a card which, co-incidentally, fits in with the theme of Jen's birthday over at Less is More.  Happy birthday Jen - hope you're having fun in Istanbul!

Anyway, I have some wonderful Clearly Besotted stamps and dies sitting on my desk crying out to be played with and so this morning when I was waiting for my sister Val (Canonbury Creations) and hubby  Jim to arrive I managed to make this little card. 


I've used Clearly Besotted Background Builder for the music strip, Happy Everything and the matching dies for the blossom and the amazing Happy Days stamp set for the sentiment.  The blossom was coloured with Flexmarkers and I've added Liquid Pearls to the stamens.  The music was stamped using Memento London Fog and the sentiment with Memento Bamboo Leaves.  I die cut the blossom and used silicone to pop it up after shaping a little.  The base layer was then popped up using d/s foam to the base 5x5" card.

Right, better go and continue entertaining and then we are going out for a lovely meal tonight.  Keeping our fingers crossed for good weather tomorrow...........otherwise Val and I will be squirreling ourselves away in my craftroom!!!  lol

Monday, 17 June 2013

Less is More - Week 124 - THEME

Hello everyone - well the weather is a bit better today after a very dismal and damp weekend.  We were quite lucky on Saturday as it stopped raining just before our village BBQ but was extremely windy with paper plates, napkins etc flying all over the place!!!  Still, I think everyone enjoyed it.  Yesterday a group of us went to the Sincerely Yours show at Taunton and, of course, made a beeline for Oyster Stamps where my buddy Martine had kindly brought along my pre-requested stash!!!  lol  Huge thanks Hun - you're a star :o)

Well, it's been a couple of weeks since I was able to join in the fun at Less is More but was determined to play along this week and the challenge is:

For our Theme this week we have chosen something this is very prevalent in Blogland at present... and that is
There seem to be all sorts in evidence at the moment from dies and stamps to embossing folders and even hexagonal shaped cards.

My card is a very simple one.  I used my Sizzix Honeycomb e/f to emboss a piece of white pearl card and then die cut some hexagons using my Clearly Besotted honeycomb dies using d/p from my stash.  I die cut seven shapes and added them onto the embossed background.  Used a piece of (I think) SU ribbon to tie around the card.  The sentiment is from the Filigree stamp set by Mama Elephant, punched with my EK Success label punch and tied using some bakers' twine.  This has then been popped up on d/s foam to the card blank.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you all have a creative week.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #15

Morning everyone - welcome to our new challenge at Addicted to CAS.  This week our host is our talented Vicki who has chosen the code word:

and our Sponsor for this challenge is

Without further ado here is my card.  Must admit I scratched my head over this one as I don't have too much related to teenagers but then remembered I had these fab Mo Manning toppers called "Best Friends" from The Hobby House.  

I've used a 6" square card blank and scored it to make a twisted easel.  Matted the topper onto some silver holographic card and then some blue and white heart card.  This was attached to the fold on the easel card.  The sentiment is a freebie (which I thought fitted the bill very well) from melonheadz.  The die I've used for this card is Spellbinders Labels 1.

Please pop on over to Addicted to CAS to have a look at the great inspiration cards that the DT have come up with.  We're really looking forward to seeing what you come up with for this one!

Thanks for visiting and have a great crafting weekend.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Book cards galore...........

Hello everyone from a very dull and dismal Somerset!  We're keeping our fingers crossed for better weather tomorrow as we are cooking a BBQ for 80 people in our village.............I'm sure the power of everyone in Bloggerland keeping their fingers crossed will work for us!!!  lol

I gave you all a sneak peak of the book cards I was working on for our club night on Wednesday, one of which is a commissioned wedding card.  As this is a very picture heavy post perhaps you'd better get a cuppa and sit down!

The first photos are of the commission card and then onto the sample cards made for the girls in our craft club - by the way they all did brilliantly and produced some superb examples.



 On the top of the box I've used an Embossalicious 8x8 embossing folder and cut out the centre to insert some lovely wedding-like fabric.  The dove is from Anna-Marie Designs and the flowers and charms are from my stash.  The names and date have been silver foiled and die cut using Memory Box Cherise Label and Tiffany frame.  For the front of the book I've used Britannia Dies Lattice Edge, Memory Box Blooming Vine and Meridian Border.  Inside has been stamped and silver embossed Stampendous At the Altar and initials die cut using Die-Versions Magical alphabet.  Inside the book I've computer generated a wedding poem and added acetate to the frame and used the Meridian border around the poem.  The corner die is Joy 6002/0135 (no name on it).  For the inside pocket I've used the Lattice Edge again and Spellbinders Majestic Elements for the label.  For the embossed silver mirri background I've used Spellbinders M-bossabilities Garden Lattice.  I've also used Liquid Pearls.

For this one I've used papers from First Edition Spring Feast (available from The Hobby House), Memory Box Blooming Vine, Britannia Dies Lattice Edge, Stampin Up Apothecary Art, Martha Stewart border punch, the Joy corner die and Liquid Pearls.

For this one I've used an Embosalicious 8x8" embossing folder, a Marianne CrafTables CR1241 (front die cut frame), L-Em Leone Rock Fern punch and flowers from stash, the Lattice Edge, Stampin Up border punch (for the label), Martha Stewart heart border punch and some Kanban black & silver decoupage.

 For this last one I've used papers from the First Edition Spring Feast pad, Spellbinders M-bossabilities Garden Lattice e/f, Martha Stewart deep edge punch, Stampin Up sentiments, Spellbinders Twisted Metal tags, flowers and ribbon from stash, Liquid Pearls.


Oh, sorry........thought you'd dropped off!  lol  Well think that's about it.  There is a variety of A5, 6x6 and 8x8 book cards here and if you would like the instructions please let me know and I will email them out to you.

Have a great weekend and don't forget to keep everything crossed for good weather tomorrow.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Fabulous giveaway......

Just thought I'd let you know about a great giveaway over at The Ribbon Girls who have a lovely June wedding offer which consists of some beautiful items.  Just pop on over and leave them a comment to be in with a chance.

A very short post as I'm trying to do this on my tablet and for some reason Mr Blogger (has to be a man eh?) doesn't like it so won't let me paste anything.  Will try to add more details tomorrow from my PC.

Happy crafting.


Friday, 7 June 2013

Catch up and a quickie!

Hello everyone.  Hope you're all well.  We're currently having pretty heavy thunderstorms at the moment so very glad I managed to cut the grass this morning!

Sorry to have been MIA these last few days but I've been preparing my goodies for a summer fete tomorrow (hope it stops raining as it's outside......!) and also been making samples for our club night next Wednesday.  So, to that end I thought I'd take a quick photo just to prove I haven't been lazing around...........

As you can see I've been making tissue box covers so hope people like them tomorrow and the three items in the front are the book cards we are going to be doing with the girls on Wednesday.  The one on the far right is a commission and am in the process of finishing it off but will be back with another post to show you properly.

Right, must get on and get all my stuff ready and load the car.  Have a great weekend and happy crafting.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Addicted to CAS - #14 - CIRCLES

Hello Folks - hope you are all well and looking forward to our latest challenge at Addicted to CAS.  

This week our super Hostess is the lovely Marie and the code word she's chosen is:

Our Sponsor for this challenge is -

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I've made two cards for this challenge, both of which are very quick and simple cards.

For this one I have taken a snippet of patterned paper and punched various sized holes in all the flowers.  I've popped this up with d/s foam tape onto a border of matching card which has been put across the centre of a 6" square white linen card blank.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted called Happy Days.

My second card is using a 5"x7" card blank.  I punched out the button border using my EK Success punch and left a small oblong piece of card attached.  This was placed across the centre of the card and I have used 3D Crystal Lacquer on it to give some dimension.  The button was in my button box and I've added a small piece of ribbon.  The partial stamped image is Papermania Urban Stamps Vintage Notes (Doily) using Stampin Up Taken with Teal ink.  The sentiments are from the same Clearly Besotted stamp set Happy Days..  To finish off I've added some gems.

Thanks for dropping by.  Can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge.  Don't forget to pop over to the Addicted to CAS blog to see what the DT have done to inspire you.