Monday, 19 December 2011

Sugar Bowl Challenge 74

So, how are your Christmas preparations coming along?  Mine are reasonably on track, I think....but I DO keep adding 2 things for every 1 thing I take OFF my list!!
Last week, I was asked to make a 40th birthday card and I was given the theme of "wine, if possible".  At first I was stumped and thought I was just going to have to ignore the theme.  But then I started looking through all my stamps and decided Luv a Latte would be perfect, especially if I could give her a wine glass instead of her coffee.  

So, she has been coloured with Promarkers and Stickles (Stardust as her eyeshadow and Platinum for the bubbles and silver on the label and name). 

I have followed the Sugarbowl sketch and have even managed to follow the theme of "No shop bought Design Papers!  It's not often I manage THAT part!  I have used a Sizzix bubbly texture plate, Cuttlebug Starts folder and Crafts Too Flowers folder.  The edges of each piece of paper has been edged with a promarker and stickles and a few of the flowers have been coloured.

The glass and bottle are from the Pickles and Onion stamp set, which I hadn't yet gotten around to listing in the hope of selling..... it would appear that there was a very good reason for this....the glass and bottle are perfect for this girl, so I'll be keeping the set after all! 

So, I would like to enter the following challenges:
The SugarBowl - Sketch and theme
Passion for Promarkers - Celebrations (2nd entry)

And a reminder that I have a copy of My Memories Suite to give away.  The link is here.  
 Have a great week, everyone!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 22 - Christmas

 Wow, the last challenge of the'd that happen?  I don't know where the year has flown to, but I've had a pretty good one, on the whole!  And I'm looking forward to a great 2012.

So, for the last Dream Valley challenge of the year, we have a nice easy one for you - Christmas!  I still have some Christmas orders and cards to make and I'm sure I'm not alone, so hope you can join us.

This is my card for my nephew, Jakob, who lives in Austria.  I have used Pip With Presents, coloured with Promarkers and Glamour dust on his hat.  The main paper is First Edition Christmas Joy, with some older paper used for matting.  I decided to make it look like a present with the ribbon and tag (cut with a Sizzix die).  

 And I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafty Catz:  Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion:  Anything Goes with Glitter (on his hat and pompom and the paper)
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Moving Along With the Times - Last Minute Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers - Celebrations
Sarah Hurley - Christmas

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Sugar Bowl Challenge 73

Apologies for the photo, but the light was terrible and I had to actually give the card to Lewis, one of my many boys' December birthdays!

I have used the fabulous Sugar Bowl sketch, and I have distressed my papers, which is VERY UNUSUAL for me!  I hate doing it to my lovely papers but it seemed to suit this little guy (image and receipient!). 

The image is Puppy Dog Tails, coloured with Promarkers.  It's funny, I actually only ordered this one when I wanted the Bambino image to get it over the minimum order, but I've used it loads! I LOVE the little frog!!

I would also like to enter Totally Papercrafts - Anything But Christmas.

Friday, 9 December 2011

My Memories Give-Away

When I was asked to host a give away by My Memories, initially, I was a little unsure, but I'm so glad I bit the bullet and went for it.  I've had great fun making some digital scrap pages, as you can see!

The My Memories Suite software is pretty easy to download and get the hang of.  I'm looking forward to having more time to play around with it all, as there are some pretty cool features, like creating slideshows, cards and adding sound!

The software comes with some templates, background papers and embellishments to get you started, which you can alter the colour/pattern/designs/etc.  You are able to add to these by purchasing other sets and templates in the My Memory Suite shop at very reasonable prices, although you even get a free $10 promo code to use on digikits after you have downloaded the program. 

If anyone would like to buy My Memory Suite, I have a unique coupon code that gives my followers $10 off the full price AND, when you purchase My Memories Suite you'll also get a $10 coupon code to buy anything in the My Memories store to get you started!
To purchase using the code, click on the image above, or go here, then copy and paste STMMMS63336 in the shopping cart page at the My Memories website for your $10 discount. 

Alternatively, you could have a try at winning it!  My Memories have very kindly offered me a copy of My Memories Suite to give away to one of my lovely followers.  All you have to do is:

1) Go to the My Memories website and have a wee look through the digikits
2) Leave me a comment to let me know what your favourite is

I'll pull the lucky name out of the hat (or a saucepan, or whatever!!) on 5th January - wouldn't that be a great start to your year?!  Go on.....have a know you want to!!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

And Another Sugar Bowl Entry

You know, some Sugar Bowl challenges, I never manage to enter at all, much to my disappointment, and others, like this one, I manage to enter twice!  But that's just what life is like, huh!

Anyway,  I have used the gorgeously cute Pip with Presents, coloured with Promarkers.  I LOVE aqua with red just now and I LOVE my First Edition Joy papers too!  I would never think to put orange with aqua and red, but it definitely works!

I've kept it super simple, as the parcel paper is rather busy and I didn't want Pip to disappear under a load of embellies.  I think I've even managed to restrain myself from adding my usual Stardust Stickles or Glamour Dust!!  And the fab sentiment was a freebie from a magazine.

So, I'm off to bask in the glory of managing to blog more this week, then get on with the normal housework chores!!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Sketch n Stash 75

My goodness me, it's AGES since I played along with Sketch n Stash, but I'm so glad I used this sketch!  It was a fab sketch and helped make a few more male cards for my stall at the brownie fundraiser last week.  I actually like making male cards, but maybe it helps that I like simple layouts / embellishments anyway.

So, I have used some papers, including scraps, from my Basic Grey Oliver pad.  Will need to find another boy pad as there's not much left of this one!  I've used my VERY neglected Sugar Nellie Rockstar image, coloured with promarkers and a white embossing pen for the button details.  I rather over-did it when I first bought him as he seemed to suit all the male birthdays I had that year, but he's not been out an awful lot since.  I've used some Buttermint Card Candi, twine and a brad I've had for ages - might be a Dovecfraft one. 

That day, I also made this card, using the Sketch Saturday sketch, but unfortunately I didn't have time to blog it before the challenge deadline:

I used some scraps from my First Edition Up, Up & Away pad - I ADORE this pad - the colours are gorgeous and the glitter looks brill!  A LOTV image and some more card candi to finish.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Some LOTV Christmas Cards

I am LOVING my First Edition Christmas Joy papers - the colours are amazing and perfectly "me"!  And, now that I finally have my Promarker Nibs, I am able to colour these 2 cute images that Clare gave me for my birthday!  As you can see, there's quite a lot of detail, hence the need for the fine nibs.

This first image is Pretty Poinsettia, coloured with Promarkers and Stickles (in Stardust for the snow, Silver for the snowflakes and Platinum for the poinsettia centres).  

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
LOTV challenge - Anything Goes (seeing as I missed 'A Christmas Card for Someone Special'!)
Papertake Weekly - Christmas Crackers
Addicted to Stamps - Christmas Card

The second image is Ski Jump and is super cute - I love the wee dog's jumper!!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz - Snowflakes
Everybody Art - Christmas Card

And finally, one of my absolute faves, Collecting the Tree.

And I would like to enter Hooked on Crafts - Winter Wonderland

I'm off to start the housework, which was a bit neglected last week to to having such a busy week!  This week should be much calmer.  

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 21 - Sparkle

This fortnight's challenge over at Dream Valley is a nice easy one - Sparkle!  The team have made some beautiful creations, all so different, which is one of the things I love most about working with Dream Valley.  By the way, Dream Valley are having a DT call, which is open until tomorrow, 28th November.  Apologies for not posting about it sooner but it has been an extremely busy week!

Recently, I have been really busy making cards, notebooks and jewellery for my stall at the local Brownie Fundraiser, but for this challenge, I decided that I would make something just for ME!  So, I have used grey pearly beads and briolettes, together with a few super sparkly crystal rondelles and my favourite silver tubes.  The design is very simple, just the way I like it!

Our prize, for this challenge, has very kindly been donated by our teamie MagsB - LOTV Balloon Bunny and Freedom.  I am really looking forward to seeing what you create for our Sparkle challenge.  We had some wonderful entries for stitching!  Remember that it can be any kind of crafty project, as long as it's sparkly.  Have fun!!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Sugar Bowl Challenge 72

At last I've managed to play the Sugar Bowl again!  I really don't know where time has been going to just lately, but I've had a few productive days and I'm making the most of them.

This beautiful Hello Little Friend has been coloured for a good few weeks (or possible even a couple of months) now and was coloured with Distress Inks and a little Stardust Stickles.  I just adore this beautiful image and can't wait to colour her again.  The sentiment was a freebie from a magazine and suits her perfectly.

I've used a little artisic licence, moving the image slightly to the left - the green paper is a scrap, but went perfectly with the colours in the image, so it needs to be shown off a little bit.  Hope that's ok.

So, I'd like to enter the Sugar Bowl (obviously!).  I'm sure there would be a few other challenges too, but time is short, before tea and parent's night, so I'll go while the going is good!

Friday, 18 November 2011

A Productive Afternoon

What a productive afternoon!  Euan was absolutely exhausted after nursery today, so in the 1.5 hours he's been sleeping, I've managed to make 2 necklaces and 4 pairs of earrings.

I've been busy preparing for a stall at the local Brownies on Tuesday night - really looking forward to it.  Hoepfully it will be worthwhile -the more I manage to sell, the more commission I can give to the Brownies.  

Anyway, got to get Lou from school, so I'll leave you with the pics!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 20 - Stitching

Happy Sunday, everyone!  Hope you're all having a good weekend so far.  Today, it is time for a new challenge at Dream Valley and this fortnight, our theme is Stitching.

Now, normally for such a theme, I would do some faux stitching, or maybe a stitched corner detail, but I decided that this was the incentive I required to finally get our the sewing machine that my mam very kindly lent me....ahem.....about 2 years ago!!  (Incidentally, I also hemmed a pair of trousers that day!!)  Now, I need a lot more practice to get the spacing correct for the zigzag stitching, but I was quite happy for a first attempt! 

I lightly glued the edges of my scrap strips (from last challenge's handbag card), stitched them into place, then wove a length of red ribbon through it.  The charm and bow have also been stitched in to place as I don't trust glue to hold these items!  And a sprinkling of glamour dust around the sentiment and some Sizziz vines/ punched flowers to finish. 

I'm really looking forward to seeing your card / scrap / jewellery / cross-stitch / embroidery / whatever creations for this challenge and we have a fab prize too!  A £10 voucher for One Stop Card and Crafts

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Wedding Card

I loved making this card - it was a card required at very short notice, 7"x5" layout, with the names and date of the wedding and I had only limited time to craft, I had to be decisive! 

I used the (almost) last of this gorgeous ivory and silver paper that came in a set from Costco - MUST find something similar as it suits wedding cards perfectly! 
Cut 2 hearts and embossed them each with a different Cuttlebug folder. 
The punched heart border is a Martha Stewart punch that my friend, Clare kindly punched for me a while back. 
The gorgeous rhinestone swirl is part of a Prima one that Elaine sent me - I've made it last really well, cutting it up into bits to use on a number of cards, but the time has come to buy a replacement as I have only a small flower left. 
The sentiment was computer generated, using Times New Roman and Zaphino fonts.

I'd like to enter the following challeenges:
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Bling It On
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (+ a Bit of Bling)

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 19 - Anything Goes

Over at Dream Valley, we have a super-easy challenge for you: Anything Goes!!  And, as we can make ANYTHING over at Dream Valley (not just cards), I was spoilt for choice of what to make for this challenge - a card, jewellery, a scrap layout, a framed picture......and FINALLY decided on a handbag!

I first saw this amazing creation in our Top 3 for challenge 12 Surprise theme by The Navy Wife.  I absolutely HAD to give it a try and found that the instructions are really well written, so it is actually pretty easy (although a little fiddly) to make!  Here is the link for the instructions.

I made this handbag for my sister in law as a birthday card and voucher holder....and I included a bracelet too.  This is the inside of it:
And I also made one for my friend's 40th birthday:
I made little cards for us each to write a birthday message on and they were tucked into the circles in the centre of the handbag:
Yep, I LOVE making these cute little handbags and people really love them!

So, what will you make for us this challenge?  Unfortunately, we have been let down by our sponsor this fortnight, but MELLY is very kindly offering a very lucky person a £10 voucher to use in the winner's choice of either Crafty Emma's delish shop OR Saturated Canary's Digi's image Esty store!! Pity I can't enter - I LOVE Emma's store AND the Sarurated Canary's gorgeous images!
I can't wait to see what you create for us:0)

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Sugar Bowl Challenge 70

 A week since my last post and it's another fairy!  My other Fairy Glen purchase, Hazel and Nutty.  But the colours are a bit different to my original plan.  I chose my papers, tested colours on scrap, coloured her in and decided it didn't look right!  So I changed her dress to brown (because that was the only colour that worked over the original turquoise) and decided that it actually looked alright!  Which is brilliant, considering I nearly chucked in the bin after starting again!!!

So, I have coloured her with Promarkers and Stardust Stickles.  And, after seeing the current Sugar Bowl sketch and CAS theme, I abandoned my papers and did this instead!  I cut the leaves from scrap using a flower die and added a little Platinum Stickles, added a bit of twine and some brown card for matting and that's it - clean and simple, just the way I like it!

I would like to enter the following challenges:
The Sugar Bowl - Sketch and Clean and Simple theme
One Stop Craft Challenge - No Designer Paper
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

And what I did with my second Hazel & Nutty image, using a broken photo frame and some bits and pieces in Lily's favourite colour, ornage.  (Gave it to Lily today and she likes it!)

I'd like to enter Passion For Promarkers challenge - For a child

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The ever so Cute Delia!

I LOVED the Fairy Glen release from Sugar Nellie!  It was such a difficult decision choosing which fairies were to come and live with me, afterall, I couldn't justify a BIG spend, so I settled on Delia and Hazel & Nutty!

I've tried a different Promarker colour combo for Delia: Grey Green, Tea Green, Pastel Pink, Baby Pink, Tan, then skin & hair and Platinum Stickles.  And I'm definitely going to use it again as it looks pretty with the First Edition Summer Bloom papers.   Looking at the photo, I think I need to add a bit more shading to her dress.....

I've used my nesties and cut some stars from embossed pink paper and found some brown lace tape that I found in Costco ages ago (it's across the centre).

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
The Sugar Bowl - fab sketch (still not used the photo inspiration)
My Time to Craft - Punches and Dies

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Dream Valley Challlenge 18 - Halloween

For our Dream Valley challenge this fortnight, our theme is Halloween, so I decided to make a scrap page of a wee Halloween party that we had a few years ago.  Lou was 5 years ago and, for the first time ever, wanted to dress up as a witch rather than a princess!  I did face painting for the other girls too - green faces with a black spider and web.  Lou had a front tooth missing so looked even more witch like!

For my layout, I have used papers from stash that Melly gave me yonks ago, with an embossed spider web (highlighted with white pen), a witch charm, a toy spider (given a glitter-over with some Stickles) and lots of red gems.  I'd printed the small photos in black and white, then decided that colour would probably look better, but then ended up using all of them!  There's a lot going on in this page, which is unusual for me.....most of the time I think it works, and some of the time I think its too cluttered!  Oh, and the orange spotty ribbon came from someone's birthday cake!

Anyway, for this challenge, we are sponsored by Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps - the lucky winner will receive either 5 digital stamps, or 4 digital stamps and a digital paper pack - fab!

I'm looking forward to seeing your Halloween creations! 

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Sugar Bowl Challenge 69

As you can see, I didn't use the photo inspiration for this card, just the Sugar Bowl sketch, but hopefully I'll get the chance to play again soon, with the photo too.

I wasn't sure how the sketch would look with the 7x5 card blank but I'm quite happy that it's worked.  Simply Sassy Carnival Balloon has been coloured with Distress Inks, using my beautiful new Tumbled Glass DI - I LOVE this colour!!  The papers are Dovecraft Sugar and Spice, sentiment from LOTV and embellies kept to a minimum with a few punched hearts to mirror those on the image.

(I generally favour clean and simple, and also tend to keep cards fairly flat, which my customers like, but I DO love the layered, textured, more eclectic styles of others - just not that good at it myself!!)

Anyway, I would also like to enter:
The ABC Challenge - Anything Goes
Anything Goes Challenge - Die cuts (Nesties for sentiment) and/or punches (hearts)
CRAFT Challenge - Bright Colours
Fab 'n' Funky - Die cuts (Nesties for sentiment) and Punches (hearts)
One Stop Craft - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Use Designer Papers

Friday, 7 October 2011

A Simple Little Ballerina

Last Friday I had a wee coffee morning with some of my friends in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  I had my cards and jewellery out as well and my lovely friends bought a few bits and ordered some stuff too.

And this is one of those orders (hopefully it's been given to the recipient).  It is LOTV Little Ballerina, coloured with Promarkers and Silver Stickles.  The paper is First Edition Summer Bloom with some silver paper from stash.  I've kept it really simple with the die cut image (whatever would I do without my circle and scalloped circle nesties and Big Shot?!), some ribbon and a charm.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Anything Goes - Die cuts and Punches
The Cutie Pie - Bingo (Glitter, sentiment and charm)
Fab 'n' Funky - Die cuts or punches
Let's Ink it Up - Think Pink
Simon Says - Sparkle and Bling (the glittery paper and Stickled hairband/tutu)

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Dream Valley Challlenge 17 - Monochrome

I love monochrome.....but I don't particularly love purple....But for Dream Valley's Monochrome Challenge, I decided to challenge myself by using Purple and using a 5 x 7 card blank (I do love my square ones). 

This lovely cute image is Party Princess and she's been coloured with Promarkers.  The papers are a Papermania Henbury Lane with a few (normally neglected) items from stash.  I've also used my Cuttlebug embossing foldres for the heart background and the spotty hearts.  I use these folders SOOOO much in my cards, especially lately with the wedding/anniversary orders I've had. 

This fortnight we are sponsored by the fabulous One Stop Card Crafts, so what monochrome project will you come up with.....I can't wait to see!

I would also like to enter the following challenges:
CES Challenge - Totally Gorjuss / Pretty Girls
The ABC Challenge - A is for Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Sunday, 25 September 2011

A Few Challenges

 This first card is made using the extremely cute Dougal from Sugar Nellie.  I've coloured him with Promarkers and teamed him with some Dovecraft Sugar and Spice paper (the brown one) and some First Edition Up, Up & Away papers.  With just a simple sentiment and some rafia to finish.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
*Mojo Monday - The fab sketch I followed
*One Stitch at a Time - Favourites (the First Edition Up, Up & Away paper, Promarkers and circle/scalloped circle nesties)
*Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes
*Anything Goes - Anything Goes
*Hanna and Friends - Anything Goes
*Papertake Weekly - Creature Comforts
*Here Come the Boys - Bingo (Rafia, Cute Image, 2 Squares)
And my next card was a last minute order for a friend: 5oth Birthday with a caravan theme.  The caravan is a picture from the web, decoupaged, with papers from stash, which I think came from Clare

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
*Creative Inspirations - Let's Celebrate
*The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes

Hope you've had a good weekend, folks.  We've had a lovely weekend: Loch Katrine yesterday and Peebles today.  Absolutely stunning scenery in both places.  Today, we were checking out the mountain biking place at Glen Tress, so hopefully we'll get there next weekend.

Take care!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Another Sugar Bowl Entry

Wow, don't tell anyone, but I think I might be getting my act together again with this blogging lark!  I'm trying to blog more regularly and enter more challenges again, just need to manage my time more effectively and hope that life doesn't get in the way again!  And I'm entering the Sugar Bowl again.

Anyway, this is the beautiful Simply Sassy City Girl.  I LOVE her hair and her dress sense, although I wouldn't have the bottle to wear those boots!  I've coloured her with Promarkers and been a bit more daring with the hair (using Ivory for the light bits) and I'm really pleased with the result.  Must be more daring more often.....maybe I should get those boots after all, huh?!!  The papers are a mix of Memory Box Spearmint and First Edition Up, Up & Away - using up my scraps.  I've also cut a scalloped bit of mulberry paper I've had for ages and pleated some scrap ribbon.

I think I'm becoming addicted to these Sassys, thanks to Elaine (yep, I'm blaming you AGAIN!!) sending some images to me a while ago.... and the new release......I need to sell some crafty stuff to pay for my addiction, methinks!!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Little Pom Pom

Good morning peeps.  I'm just sneeking a bit of blogging time before collecting Euan from nursery as I've been so good with the housework!

So, this is little Pom Pom from LOTV - cute, isn't she?  Thanks, Clare, for letting me stamp her a few weeks ago.  I've coloured her with Promarkers and a few different kinds of Stickles (Stardust and Silver, I think).

The papers are my beautiful First Edition Summer Bloom ones - they're so nice, and Pom Pom is so cute that the layout is really simple, with just a bit of matting and a little bow.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
*Top Tip Tuesday - One for the Kids
*Anything Goes - Anything Goes at Anything Goes!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 16 - Buttons

Well, I REALLY can't believe that we are on challenge 16 over at Dream Valley already....where on earth is time going to?

This challenge is "Buttons" and we are sponsored by Digis With Attitude.

For this challenge, I have used my new Peek a Boo from Funkykits.  Isn't she adorable?  And she looks just like Lily, who gave this card to her daddy and orange is her favourite colour!  And, as LIly is as cute as a button, it was fitting that I included buttons as the flower centres and as embellishments!!

As it is all orangey, I think I could enter some autumn challenges, so:
Crafty Purple Frog - Fall into Fall
Craft us Crazy - Goodbye to Summer
Heidis Hobbystuggo - Fall Colours
Delicious Doodles - Cute as a Button
Digi Doodle Shop - Autumn Colours

Have a fantastic Sunday and happy crafting!

Friday, 16 September 2011

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 67

I've finally had time to join in with the Sugar Bowl challenge.  It's a fab sketch and I just HAD to play with my gorgeous new fairy, Hello Little Friend.  I adore this stamp!  This is my first attempt at colouring her, using Promarkers (and, of course, Stardust Stickles), and I'm actually quite chuffed with it.  Can't wait to colour another one up in a diferent colour combo!

I've used First Edition Up, Up and Away papers, with stars and flowers punched from scraps.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
The Sugar Bowl - Sketch and "Use Your Scraps"
PaperPlay Challenges - Punches and Dies (2nd entry)
Papertake Weekly - Things with Wings
CES - Make it Magical or Spooky (magical!)

Thursday, 15 September 2011

My First Christmas Card

Thanks to my wonderful friend, Susan, I have finally made a start on my Christmas cards!

Susan gave me this gorgeously cute Furry Friends for my birthday and it is a dream to colour.  I've coloured this one with Promarkers and Stardust Stickles.  The papers are Memory Box Spearmint (thanks Elaine x) and I've deliberately kept the layout simple to show off the image, so just my scallop nesties and some punched snowflakes to finish.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

PaperPlay Challenges - Punches and Dies
Stamp Something - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Papercraft Star - Anything Goes

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 15 - Photo Inspiration

It's time for a new challenge at Dream Valley and this fortnight, our challenge is a photo inspiration using the following picture:
It's beautiful, isn't it?  Looks summery, or maybe wedding-like and the colours are gorgeous.  So, this fortnight, we are lucky enough to be sponsored by One Stop Card Crafts AND Sassy Studio Designs.  The team were very kindly given a few images to play with and I decided that Sock Hop Sweetie 2 would be cool with the papers I had in mind.

Some flowers, leaves and ribbon from my stash and I even found a music charm to complete it!

I also had a play with Pirate Penny and even distressed the papers and image (OMG I don't know what came over me!!).  My colouring of this image is sooooo inferior compared to my teamies, but I DID have fun with it AND stepped out of my comfort zone to have another go at distressing! 

Happy crafting....I'm looking forward to seeing your Dream Valley projects using the photo as inspiration! 

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Sugar Bowl Challenge 66

Wow, what a hectic 10 days it's been......first, there was Gran's 70th birthday party, a day in Edinburgh (which included a picnic in St. Andrew's Square), then there was Louise starting back at school, Gran's ACTUAL birthday, then it was my birthday (which was fab, this year!), then it was my nephew, Sandy's 11th birthday, a weekend catching up on lots of DIY jobs, and my lovely hubby was on holiday yesterday, so we got a few more jobs done and enjoyed walking Lou to school/taking Euan to Jazz/Lou to ballet/etc.  Phew!!

So, at some point over the weekend, I finally finished colouring this little Sugar Nellie Cutie, Purrfect Playmates.  I've coloured her with Distress Inks, after FIRST choosing which papers I wanted to, I'm guessing this is pretty normal for the majority of people, but I normally just colour my images (in lots of 5/10/15 minute blocks) then choose papers, which (hopefully) co-ordinate AFTER.  Not sure it's made a huge difference, but at least I knew for sure that it would look nice with the papers. These papers are First Edition Up, Up & Away, by the way, and are absolutely stunning!

So, I would like to enter the following challenges:

*Sugar Bowl - Sketch & One for the Girls
*Stamps R Us - Anything Goes
*Totally Gorjuss - As You Like It
*Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes

I've got loads of other cards and jewellery to show you, including a Handbag "card"....I just need enough computer time to blog them!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 14 - Colour Theme

Happy Sunday, everyone!  It's time for our 14th challenge over at Dream Valley and this fortnight, we have a colour theme of Lemon, Orange and Lime, using the following photo:
Aren't these colours fab?  As soon as I saw the lime green I was reminded of Lou's ballet outfit for her dancing show this year.  And I was chuffed that I managed to find a large enough sheet of paper and coordinating ribbons to match - meant to be!!

The little fairies I've added are Rainbow Magic Silhouettes from Stitchy Bear, our sponsor for this challenge.  They have some fab images and the lucky winner will receive $10 to spend at their store!

So, what does this colour combo make you think of?  What are you going to create for Dream Valley this challenge?  Happy crafting!!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Monochromatic Fairies and Flowers

Wow, I haven't made a monochromatic card for ages, but this beautiful Stitchy Flight of Fancy image (and the fact that I'd printed 4 of them in a row) just seems to scream to me to do that! 

So, I have kept it really simples (as usual!!) with black matting, some swirly embossing, white ribbon, silver peel off lines, Sizzix vines and punched flowers with silver Stickles.  The Fairies' wings each have 3 shades of Stickles, although the pic hasn't picked that up!

I would like to enter the following challenges:
*Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Monochromatic - now finished!
*My Time to Craft - Fairy Tales
*PaperPlay - Create your own DP (embossed white background)
*Crafty Catz - Emboss it
*Fussy & Fancy Friday - Use a Lot (I LOVE these retro punched flowers with Stickles)
*Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
*Anything Goes - Birthday / Celebration

And a few more cards I've made using photos taken last year and more black card for matting!!!