Saturday, 29 January 2011


This is one of those posts that will have the write up first and pictures below - just in case "him indoors" glances over my shoulder while my blog is open on screen. Eeeee - the lengths we have to go to sometimes!

This weekend, we're having a heart themed group hop over on CDAC:

It's running until 9pm PST on 30th January (5am 31st Jan GMT) so there is still time to join in. 13 groups are taking part and all are donating an image, or in some caese, sheet of images to be won - not by one person but by every person who completes the hop. There are also some individual prizes on some of the groups along to way too so if you are a member of CDAC, make sure you don't miss out and if you aren't a member yet, why not join? It's free and is full of all sorts of resources - just click on the link above.

I can't show you Crafty Ann's contribution to the freebie pot, but I can show you a card I made using some of the elements on the sheet. It's for my husband for our anniversary in February - and you know what it's like trying to do something suitable for a man! I've used the single heart image from Love is all around 2 to create the easel card base and mats. The rest of the images are from Love is all around 1 which is the free sheet and will go into the shop when the hop finishes so if you don't get to do the hop, you'll still be able to get the sheet should you want it. My dp's are from the embossed hearts collections.
The mat underneath the winged heart is sliver mirri that I put through the printer then emossed with fine detail silver ep. The text says "On our Anniversary" repeatedly - I then cut this out with a nesties labels die. I added the text to the winged heart in MS Word.  My colouring medium is promarkers for all the images along with some silver glitter on the wings. I've finished off with punched flowers and leaves and some pearls and crystals. I really enjoyed making it and hope my hubby will think it special - but I think I should show you it now!

I'm entering my 'labour of love' into these challenges:
 Thank you for your visit today and for the lovely encouraging comments you leave, they are much appreciated.

Friday, 28 January 2011

CACB #33

It's already time for another challenge at Crafty Ann's and this time the challenge has been chosen and hosted by our lovely Kym. The theme is Silver, gold & white and I loved making this card. As soon as I saw Kym's theme I knew I wanted to use 3D Flowers. I think it's because of the gold flowers that I used on the poinsettia wreath that I made for last Christmas. (Click here if you want to see it.) I did the flowers slightly differently this time though - for the wreath, I printed onto the back of the mirri and embossed the lines with an embossing tool before cutting them out but this time, inspired by the lovely Irene, I printed onto the metallic side and heat embossed with fine detail ep in gold and silver as appropriate. I've done gold on gold and silver on silver but I think it would also look good the other way around.
My bp is white pearlescent and I've also used a strip of this instead of ribbon throught the Marianne Design die cut. I cut my two circles out using the robo and added gold mirri 'brads' to all the scallops.
Of course it's been somewhat of a challenge trying to get a decent photo with all the shine, but it's one of those cards that feels well worth it. It's already on it's way to a rather special friend for her birthday. 
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
I will certainly use this colour scheme again and I do hope to get to see your interpretation too so why not pop over to our challenge and join us?

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Meet Daschsie...

Daschsie the Dacshund is a newbie digi in the Crafty Ann's stable and he came about as the result of a request from a lovely blogging/forum friend, Ann. This is the first time I've used him and I must say that I've become rather fond of the little fella!
I've been inspired by several challenges and I'll list them in a minute but first I'll tell you what I've used. The 2 dps were in my stash from when I was a Graphicus Guild member (well, I had to use them sometime!) and I edged them with gold pentouch pen. I coloured Daschsie with promarkers and cut him out with nesties and added the background with duster brushes before taking it out of the nestie. The next size up was cut from gold mirri card and put through a cuttlebug texture embossing folder. I punched 5 flowers and 3 leaves from gold mirri (won't be doing that again!) to embellish and added pearls to the flower centres. Three gold mirri homemade 'brads' finish it off.
The challenges my card is for are:
Thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011


Don't you just want to take sympathy on this little fella waiting so patiently for someone to pull the cracker with him???? The theme at Bah! Humbug! this week is Christmas Crackers - nice and easy thinks I.......until I went to check my not inconsiderable stash and couldn't find a rubber stamp or digi image with a cracker on it anywhere that is! There was only one thing to be done so out came the sketch pad and pencil and as a result there are now two new Christmas sheets in Crafty Ann's featuring crackers! 

I've used Cracker Teddy for my card and had fun blinging it up a bit. The main bp has been in my stash for ages and I think is from Artylicious. The silver mirri mat was part of a kit from QVC eons ago - it's gorgeously shiny, but I couldn't get the photo to show that today. It has Merry Christmas repeatedly debossed into it. My 'brads' are all homemade mirri card ones and I've used a red mirri flourish (a Marianne Designs die). My colouring mediums are promarkers and glitter for the tinsel and the 'fur' bits on his hat.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
I've thoroughly enjoyed playing with my teddy bear and I'd like to thank the girls at Bah! Humbug!  for inspiration on two fronts this week! :D

Monday, 17 January 2011

January Birthday

January is one of those busy months for birthdays and this card is for the only male in the line up. I've used the lovely sketch from CD Sunday and because it's for a man, I've tried not to make it too cluttered. My bp is from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique and  I printed off 2 squares - the bigger one as the main bp and a smaller piece that I'd overlaid one of the pockets from the Jeans & pockets sheet onto. The iphone is a pic from the internet and just slotted inside the pocket. I coloured a piece of white satin ribbon with indigo promarker and finished it with homemade 'brads' in silver mirri and from a scrap of the denim paper.

My card is also for these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today.

Friday, 14 January 2011

CACB Challenge #32

 I can't believe another fortnight has gone by already - where is this year going to??? lol! This is a card I've thoroughly enjoyed making. Our challenge at CACB this time is "Ring in the new but don't ring out the old" and we want you to use new and old together. It can be stash, techniques, inspiration or equipment as a few examples. I've used a new digi stamp - the Faberge Style Egg - country scene and coloured it using a favourite technique by applying several shades of blue and a black ink from memento and brilliance with duster brushes. I've used new inspiration from lovely DT member Irene and printed just the base out onto pealescent silver paper and embossed with fine detail silver ep. I must say that I'm delighted with the effect. I've shaped this slightly before mounting it onto a nesties label die. I've used two neglected punches to embellish the corners and my much loved embossing folders to emboss the pearlescent paper. I was inspired by Digital Tuesday to try something I usually shy away from - white on white.......and I LOVE the effect so I won't be shying away from it again!

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed making this card and I hope you'll get the chance to come along and join in with us for this challenge and give me lots to come an 'oooh & aaah' over.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

First Card in 2011!

.....and it's a Christmas card! Last year, thanks to Bah! Humbug! I had enough hand made cards despite major house refurbs going on for 6 months so I intend to do even better this year. I've made myself a promise that the insides will be completed at the same time and they will be tucked inside an envelope ready to write out and post - what's more, I'm making them with my list beside me and each one is being assigned to it's recipient and numbered as I make it!
So, to this card. I've used 2 digi paper bps  - embossed dots from the earth tones set and a red mottled stone. I was delighted when the Bah! Humbug! theme was holly and or fairies this time because I got to use the pre-coloured holly wreath that I created last year and never got to use myself. I've also 'hung' one of the pre-coloured ornaments from it before overlaying them onto a piece of the embossed dots paper before printing them out. All of these are from Crafty Ann's. The sentiment is a stamp I've had for a long time now and I stamped it onto another piece of embossed dots paper and cut out with a nesties label die. I've simply finished it off with some border peel offs and homemade red & gold mirri card 'brads'.
It feels good to have got my first card under my belt and I'm entering it into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today.