Friday, 30 January 2009

Oooo 'eck - I've been tagged - twice!!

Well, I've been tagged twice today by Beryl and Frankie. I'm supposed to go to where I store my pictures, find the 6th folder and the 6th picture in that folder and explain it. I'm sure you'll be thrilled to see this one! We're in the process of refurbishing the house and while my hubby was doing the staircase and landing area which involved a lot of plastering he found the carpet to be a nuisance and as we were planning to change it anyway, took it up. Underneath it we found this - it's solid mahogany! It had been abused in some ways over the years but in the main was in very good condition. The point where you see it here, we'd got as far as stripping most of the white paint off but all the sanding to get rid of the old varnish etc was still to be done. I'm happy to say that all the hard work paid off and now it looks lovely and the carpet won't be replaced!
Now I'm supposed to tag 6 other people but I think most people have already been tagged so I'm going to content myself with just two:
Sorry girls!

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Y is for Yesteryear

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ABC's challenge this week is Y for Yesteryear, the idea being to dig out one of the first stamps you bought and give it a new lease of life. This cat by Anita's is among the first 5 stamps I bought when I first started card making and I don't use it nearly often enough. I used it today for Rubber Stamping tutorial # 3, my intention being to show that stamping can be very simple and still look sylish. The image was stamped with versafine onyx black and the same ink was used to run around the edges and also stippled on to the corners with a sponge. Despite having a craft stash the size of Ayres Rock, I couldn't find a piece of black and white paper so I put a piece of black through the birds & swirls cuttlebug folder and used the debossed side adding a white gel pen to the debossing. The sentiment stamp came free with this month's Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.
Sometimes it's good to go back to simple!

Wednesday, 28 January 2009


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I'm sharing this card with you a little early in as much as it's for a card swap in February but I'm pretty sure that my swap partner doesn't read my blog. The reason that I'm sharing it now is because it's also for this weeks Cuttlebug be inspired challenge. Challenge #16 is to distress your embossing which I've done here with some gentle sanding.
The theme for the card swap is a choice between romance and your favourite poem. I went for the poem and as I share William Wordsworth's birthplace, it won't come as a great surprise when I say that I chose "Daffodils" will it?
I created my own backing card by colouring white linen card with alcohol inks and then stamping with a very large corner stamp which is part of a umount set and I'm using it before I should because it's a birthday present really - shhhh...... I used the stamp twice, first with cadmium yellow chalk ink then with stazon mustard, very slightly offsetting it for the second stamping. Then I put the card through the bird call folder (another pressie - shhhh.....) and did the distressing. The daffodils are a past free stamp with craft stamper and were painted with twinkling H2Os. I hand wrote the first few lines of the poem on vellum and added a gold organza bow as the embellishment.
Thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Rainy Days

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If I'm to be strictly honest, I have to admit that this lady might just be holding a parasol rather than an umbrella - but the evidence for the defence is this:
  • looking at her clothes it's also windy, and
  • the background looks kind of rainy to me.
Based on the above evidence ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I'm entering this card into this week's Tanda Teaser challenge called Rainy Days!
The 15cm square linen base card has been stamped with a flourish stamp and the main image, from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique CD, has been edged with a gold pentouch pen and mounted onto a square of maroon and a square of gold silk mirri card that have both been put through the cuttlebug divine swirls folder.
The defence rests and thanks you for your visit today!

Monday, 26 January 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award 2

I have been hit by an avalanche of awards so far this year and am grateful for each and every one of them. This one has been given to me two very creative people, Ann and Suzanne - thank you both very much, and if you haven't checked out their blogs yet, I suggest you do so forthwith because you're missing out!
I'm supposed to list my 7 favourite things and then pass it on to 7 bloggers (only 7 - oh woe is me!)

Okay then, 7 favourite things first:

1. My hubby of very nearly 2 years
2. Family and friends
3. Being creative
4. Sharing that creativity
5. Wearing my Healing hat
6. Country music and opera
7. Taking time to smell the roses and remember what's important in life

The seven people I'm passing it onto (in no particular order):
1. Denise
2. Linnie
3. Beryl
4. Rita
5. Christine
6. Pat
7. Lorraine
On this list are some fairly new bloggers and a visit to their blogs would be well worth your while

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Alcoholic Kimonos

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This card is for two challenges, Rainbow Lady's which this week has been set by Guest Designer, Hazel who has challenged us to use peel offs for the image as well as the sentiment. It's also for Arty Girlz who also have a GD this week, Fabrizio who has asked us to use something transparent .
I thought I was going to have a problem at first because I had a clear out towards the end of last year and our Granddaughter ended up with so many peel off sheets I'd be ashamed to tell you! I still sometimes use them for edgings and greetings but that's all - then I remembered I still had half a sheet of these kimonos left and my bacon was saved!! They are a silver foil on acetate. I created an alcohol inks background on glossy card and stuck the kimonos to that and cut them out. The backing paper was created using the same alcohol inks with the exception of the gold, on text/graphics paper and a different technique to apply it. Then I stamped over it with a blossom stamp and memento danube blue ink. The kimonos were added using 3D foam pads. I wanted a slightly different colour way for an oriental card and rather like the way this has worked.
Thanks for your visit today.

Messy In a Blizzard??

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I hadn't intended to post another Messy Rabbit scene quite so soon, but when I got my stamps at Christmas I couldn't resist stamping a load of rabbits out and sitting in front of Christmas telly colouring them in ready to use and then I saw this week's challenge on Cute Card Thursday which is to create a scene so what was a girl to do?
I've made an alcohol inks background again but this time have used only one colour - stone washed, and decided it ought to be snowing so I used a small 'dotty' type stamp and fine detail white ep. The only trouble is I think I got a bit carried away and have got poor old Messy caught in a blizzard!!
This time, I used a white glitter to create the snow and the cuttlebug snowflake folder for the mat. A peel off greeting, pale blue crystals and button snowflakes provide the embellishments.
I think I'd better go now and make poor Messy a nice hot chocolate by way of an apology!!

Friday, 23 January 2009

A First!

Wowsers! This is definitely a first - I've just received this lovely award from Ali. It's brand new and this is what she says about it:

"I've decided that I'm going to present an award of my own. It is the 'Beautiful Blog' Award and it should be passed on to 5 people who have inspired you and helped to make your blog what it is ."

I'm one of the lucky 5 people chosen by Ali to receive this award and it's blown me away - thank you Ali, I feel immensly honoured and accept with pride.
This award has also been given to me by Jane and I'm thrilled to receive it, thank you Jane.
It isn't easy to choose just 5 people under the criteria above, but the following 5 people have all played their part from day 1 of this blog either with their knowledge, their support or both.
I'm thrilled that Wendy (pixie days) has retuned this award to me and delighted to accept it.

I'd like to pass it in my turn to:

Cynthia (without whom I would have given up before I really started!)
Wendy (Anntaurus)
Wendy (pixie days)

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Just Been Given.......

I've just been given these two lovely awards by Irene (one lovely blog) and Ann (both!) Thank you both very much indeed, I am very honoured to receive them. I hope I can be forgiven for not passing these on straight away, but as all the blogs I visit are lovely, should you not have it, do feel free to collect it on your way past, and if you read the write up on Ann's blog you will be able to see what it is awarded for, but I think hugs are always appropriate - so once again, help yourself to a hug!
Awwww! how lucky am I? I've just been given another Hug award, this time from Frankie - thank you honey, I'll treasure it :))

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Messy Rabbit and Alcohol inks

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Today's card came about as a direct result of my printer running out of a colour at the start of the year. Some of you may remember that my first card posted here for 2009 was a Messy Rabbit card and the background paper was a happy accident when my printer was running short of a colour and I was expecting something else. I really liked the effect of my 'happy accident' and decided to try to create something similar with alcohol inks.
I created the Messy Rabbit scene using the Baggy Jumper MR and the house and post box from his companion set (all available from Joanna Sheen) along with a Creative Expressions Tree. I coloured these in with a mixture of inktense pencils and sakura stardust pens and created the snow with magic speckle ep and crystal glitter. Then I cut it all out as one scene. I created the background on semi-glossy card with stonewash and denim alcohol inks 'swooshing' them around till I had something I liked. When it was dry, I stamped a tiny snowflake several times with versamark ink and embossed with a silver sparkle ep then stuck my MR scene over the top. The holly border was created with a stamp that's part of the baggy jumper set and the same silver sparkle ep. I've made this one for the This Thursday Challenge which this week is 'Whiskers' and TGIF which this week is 'Houses'
Thank you for your visit and I hope you like it.


I've been given yet more awards by three lovely people, Irene, Gail and Christine. Thank you all so much, it means a great deal that you thought of me.

The awards are these:

I've passed on a good few awards recently and find it very difficult to narrow it down with all the wonderful blogs I visit so I'm going to pass these awards to all of you who who take the trouble visit my blog - with a special mention of two very new bloggers who are learning very quickly and who both share some fabulous work with us. So, Ali and Frankie, this is for you! Do pay them a visit - you won't be disappointed!

Monday, 19 January 2009

Chocolat Chic!

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The card I'm sharing with you today is for one of my SIL's birthday and is another of the 'less is more' cards I seem to be favouring this year. It's a textured 15cm square base card, the stamped border uses a stamp from the Artylicious Filigree Fusion set and the Happy Birthday stamp is from a See Ds set - both are stamped using Brilliance pearlescent crimson. The image is from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique CD and I have decoupaged just the lady, although that doesn't show up too well in the photo.
I'm entering this into the Stamp Something Challenge, which this week is 'Birthday Somethings' and also the January challenge on the Joanna Sheen Forum which is stamped backgrounds this month.
Thank you for your visit today.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Helping Hands Templates blog candy

Linnie is offering some great blog candy and you have till the end of January to try to win it Click here to find out how

Thursday, 15 January 2009

New Sketch and Stash Challenge

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This is the other card to support another blogging friend, Chrissie, with her first challenge as part of the DT for Sketch and Stash Challenge. It's a two part challenge, the first part being the sketch and the second part being to use a new piece of stash and will take plece fortnightly.
Well, apologies, but I couldn't resist another stampscape scene because I've been wanting to try one with this colour way and also, I just like doing them! The new elements here are the boulders stamp in the foreground of the picture and the flower which I cut from a stem that I got from our local garden centre. Our challenge hosts have asked us to let you know the make or manufacturer with a link if possible. All the stamps used here are by stampscapes and I buy mine from
I've kept the card simple to allow the scene to speak for itself so the base card is a burgundy leather effect and the matt is cream hammered with a strip of gold metallic ribbon across the middle. What doesn't show in the photo is that I've added sakura clear stardust pen to the cut out parts from the corner punch with gives a very subtle wee bit of sparkle.
Thank you for dropping by today and I'm always interested in your opinion.

Fashion and Chocolat!

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I'm making hay while the sun shines - despite it being overcast outside! My DH will be starting the next 'phase' of the house very soon which will involve major dispruption so I'm not sure how much crafting I'll get done once he starts so I'm trying to get a stock of cards built up just in case. This one is for Rainbow Lady's Challenge number 43 which is fashion. I think these ladies from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique CD are incredibly chic and fashionable - combine them with chocolat and Ooh-la-la!
I've matted the images onto gold card that's been put through the CB textile folder and matted that onto a scalloped mat (robo again) cut out of a burgundy textured paper that I've had for a few years and I think came from the papermill shop. A burgundy ribbon bow and circular peel off waste are the only embellishments.
Thank you for your visit today.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Paisley Birthday

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I think I'd better start by apologising for the quality of the photo, it's very difficult when you have a comination of mirri card and artificial light! If I can get a better one tomorrow, I'll replace it.
This is for this week's Cuttlebug Challenge which is to use your favourite cuttlebug folder. On the face of it, this should be an easy enough challenge.......until it comes to choosing one! It's like asking a mother to choose a favourite between her, in order to get this card made this side of Christmas 2020, I put them all in a heap on the floor, closed my eyes, gave them a mix around then pulled one out and used that one!
The one I pulled out was the paisley folder so I embossed two pieces of card, a piece of purple mirri and a piece of white linen. I added some sakura purple stardust pen to some of the debossed areas of the white card and edged it with versafine imperial purple ink. The central paisley motif is from the Artylicious Filigree fusion themeplate and was stamped using the same ink, highlighted with a sakura clear stardust pen and added on 3D foam pads. I especially wanted to enter this challenge this week to support the lovely Ann during her first week on the design team.
My next one will be to support another blogging friend during her first challenge on another design team.
Thank you for dropping by today.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

It'll Be All White On The Night!

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This time of year is a bit busy birthday wise and sometimes I need a bit of help with inspiration. Thank goodness for challenges! Without this week's Cuttlebug Challenge, I very much doubt if I would have come up with this one. I used a lovely white pearlescent card to make the spring card with then put the base part through the swiss dots folder and the diamond top through birds and swirls. The butterfly and dragonfly were stamped in versamark and embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle guilded ivory ep onto vellum and attached to the card with silicone glue. the two tags were also put through the birds and swirls folder. The small fabric flowers were attached with silicone glue.
Thank you for your visit and I hope you like the card.

Monday, 12 January 2009

A New Award

I've been very fortunate today to be awarded this by two people I hold in very high regard so I'd like to thank both Beryl and Irene for this and encourage you to visit their blogs to see for yourself why I hold them in such high regard. Thank you ladies.

The rules of this award are as follows:-

Post a link to the person who gave you this award
Nominate 5 other people and give a link to their site
Let the people you have nominated know
Put a logo of this award on your blog.
My nominees are (in no particular order)

1. Edna
3. Cynthia
4. Chrissie
5. Wendy

I could keep on going with this list but I've chosen these ladies because they've all given me so much encouragement from day one of this blog and because the standard of their work is encouragement to all of us.

Sunday, 11 January 2009


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You're probably getting sick of stampscapes now but I'd better warn you that his won't be the last - they're very addictive lol!!
This was the first card I made with the set I got at Christmas but I've waited till now to show it to you because it was for January's card swap on the Joanna Sheen Forum and it was only right that my swap partner saw it first. The theme for the swap was 'A Traveller's Tale" - now I will admit that this did tax my holiday season addled brain. Then inspiration arrived via my late Dad who was a keen fell walker right up to the end of his life and as he took in the views of his current walk, he'd be planning future walks. I'd like to think that our hiker is planning his next adventure here. I created the hiker in the design master software and cut him out with the robo. The rest of the card was created using stampscape stamps and coloured using Twinkling H2Os. The grassy hill that the hiker is standing on was done on a separate piece of card and decoupaged onto the main image to create both depth and height. The only other thing I added was a scalloped mat to 'frame' the picture.
Thank you for your visit today and for all the comments you leave - they are very much appreciated.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Green and Black Gothic Arch

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I've done this one for Rainbow Lady's Challenge which this week is "Green and Black"and Crafty Secret Saturday Challenge which is "Anything but a card". I have quite a few cards to do at present but am getting on well with them so I decided to indulge myself with a Gothic Arch. I'm not quite sure what it is that appeals to me about them so much but I do tend to keep them so maybe that's it! :))
I created the base colour with mostly lettuce and just a touch of pesto alcohol inks. The stamping has been done with 3 different shades of green chalk inks and graphite black brilliance ink. The stamps are from crafty secrets (swirl) and rubbadubbadoo (all the others). Thanks for another great challenge Cynthia - and thank you for your visit.

Stampscapes With A Twist

I've been waiting to share these cards with you, one of them was for the first Card Swap on the Creating Rainbows Forum and I didn't want to spoil it for my swap partner by showing them to you before she got hers in her hand. The theme for the swap was to do something new that we hadn't done in crafting before - this was a bit of a quandary for me because there is very little I haven't tried! In the end, I decided to go with a new technique for applying the background colours for a stampscape scene and also to use some new stampscape stamps that I got for christmas. As I got the image finished I had a bit of a lightbulb moment because as I looked at it, I thought how nice it would look as both a pyramage and a reverse pyramage card. I scanned it into the computer, printed it out 5 times and two cards were born! The first card I did for my swap partner and these are the first two pictures you can see. I mounted the finished pyramage onto some matt silver card, having put the four sides through the CB script folder and added blue gems to the four corners.

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This next picture shows the little 'surprise' I hid behind the main topper. I didn't want my partner to miss out on having the original image so I attached a loop of black satin ribbon to it and slid it behind the main topper.

Card number two is for my BIL's birthday in a couple of weeks. I've done the reverse pyramage for him and set it into a box frame cut into the front of the card. The main base card is a lovely silvery pale blue but all I can tell you about it other than that it came from a Joanna Sheen 'lucky dip' pack of card. I've kept the rest of the card relatively uncluttered with it being for a man. The vertical Happy Birthday stamp is from Rubbadubbadoo. By the way, this photo was taken with the help of the light box DH and I use to try to convince our bodies that they don't really need to hibernate in winter! I'm also entering these cards into the OCC challenge which is to use two shades of blue + 1 neutral colour.

Thank you for your visit today.

Friday, 9 January 2009

New Year, New You & New Forum!

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Now don't go getting used to two posts in one day will you? I can't promise to keep it up! lol
These ATCs are for the January swap on the brand new Creating Rainbows Forum. It's a lovely friendly little (at the moment but growing all the time) forum for crafty people like us. The theme for January's swap is New Year, New You and I think you can probably guess from the image where my hopes are going for 2009! The image is from Joanna Sheen's Dancing with Shadows CD and this has been layered onto a piece of black cuttlebugged card which in turn has been layered onto silver foild card. The ATC background was created using cranberry alcohol ink and then stamped with one of the smaller stamps from the Elusive images filigree fusion themeplate with brilliance pearlescent crimson then overstamped again on one with brilliance moonlight white and on the other with sakura silver stardust pen. The sakura one doesn't show the stamp design clearly but places the glitter that's in the pen beautifully - unfortunately, it doesn't show up too well in the photo. Both have been embellished with pearls and clear crystals. I'm also entering these for this week's Ooh-la-la Creations Challenge which is 'Small is beautiful'.
Thank you for your visit today.

Winter Wonderland ATCs

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I'm trying to keep my promise to myself to get back into entering more challenges again so I'm entering these ATCs in this weeks Arty Girlz Challenge which is 'anything but a card'. I've made them for the January swap on the Joanna Sheen Forum, the theme being 'Winter Wonderland'. I have used two of my favourite stampscape stamps that you may recognise from a card a couple of posts down! Once again, I've kept it simple by stamping using brilliance inkpads (the blue one looks much better in real life by the way) and adding crystal glitter and clear gems to two opposite corners. The base ATC has been put through the CB swiss Dots folder and the edges inked with the same ink as was used for the image.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Woodland Glade

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I've done this post card for Rainbow Lady's challenge this week and at some point I'll probably turn it into a topper for a card but I'm running out of time to enter the challenge and really didn't want to miss the first one of the year! The theme is new ideas or new stamps. The tree used here is one of the new stampscape stamps that I got at christmas. Unfortunately, the scan isn't showing it too well but the light tonight would make a photo even worse. I've used two stamps and some masking to get the layout. I've then used chalks to colour the scene and some brilliance ink in parts. The trees were stamped with jet black stazon and the grass with stone grey stazon. 3 different sakura pens were used to create little clumps of 'flowers' but the scan isn't really showing them up. I have to confess to not being entirely satisfied with it but am not sure what's missing - I think I'll have to sleep on it - unless you can come up with any ideas of course!
Thanks for visiting today.

Winter Stampscape

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I thought that it was about time I made my first posting for 2009! I thank Irene for the inspiration for this card because it was seeing her wonderful creations that prompted this one. The very simplicity of it really appeals to me (I have been known to over egg the pudding sometimes!) The image is two stampscape stamps that I've stamped with a brilliance inkpad and then I've added tiny amounts of crystal glitter here and there. The lower part of the card was put through the swiss dots CB folder. The silver at the two long edges is ribbon for tying round parcels. I'm also entering my first challenge of the year with it which is ABC - v for violet
It's good to be posting again and thank you for visiting today.