Thursday, 25 July 2013

Christmas in July

This card is very similar to one I posted earlier this month but I like this one better. I have decided to make quite a few of these both for myself and to sell at a Christmas Fair later in the year, the proceeds of which will go to my favourite charity - NSPCC.  (See the link in my side bar)

Navy and white card stock. Stamps: GKD Sentiment and Stag , Superstamp Tree Line, Stampscapes Pine trees 195G, Oak branch 203G . Bare Tree unknown make, Memento Tuxedo Black, Rangers Distress Inks : Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Spun Sugar, Milled Lavender. Brayer, sponges, Sakura White and Clear Star Jelly Roll pens, Ionic Studios' ticket punch, Windsor and Newton Art Masking Fluid, old toothbrush, paper for masking.
Entered into the following challenges:
Make it Monday  # 150
Crafting for all Seasons #57
Paper Crafting Journey - Punches and/or Die Cuts
Through the Craft Room Door 23-29th July
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for July
SplitCoastStampers CC336
The Crafter's Cafe 22 Anything Goes

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Monday, 22 July 2013

End of Term

WOW!  I am so proud of my two little grandchildren's end of year reports.
Age 5 (youngest in class )  '......has a wide vocabulary and uses it well to explain her thoughts and ideas - which others love to listen to and she regularly has her peers and teachers in hysterics due to her delivery. has been a real privilege having you in 1M.  You are such a unique girl with so much to give not only to your friends but members of staff that are lucky enough to teach you .......You light up every room you walk into...... '
Age 7  '.... is a fantastic reader! She reads clearly and with super expression. ........ I have really enjoyed having you in class 2L this year! You are always polite and have excellent manners. I have been interested in the amazing facts you have researched this year....'

** holds back the tears!  **

So -  some thank you cards are in order this year.

Now to relax and enjoy his holiday!

Challenges entered:
SplitCoastStampers colour challenge CC349
Challenges 4 Everybody #25
Make it Monday #150
The Crafter's Cafe #22 Anything Goes
Through the Class Room Door July 16 - July 22 2013 TTCRD

I just realised I forgot to photograph the other one before I gave it to my D-I-L yesterday :(
However it was similar to this one but with Thank You as the sentiment and with several little butterflies added.

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Friday, 12 July 2013

18th Birthday Card.

My husband's colleague has a daughter's 18th birthday coming up and asked me if I would make a card for her. I had made a card for her niece last year and something similar was required; similar tastes, hobbies, loves sun bathing etc - you get the picture. Isn't this the most difficult thing to do?  I must admit I struggled with the project but in the end I came up with this. Her favourite colours are purples and mauves. I also made an extra wide envelope box to hold it.

I do hope she likes it.

Card: Black and white pearlised card, Papermania Textured Cardstock - Soothing Heather Collection, computer generated sentiment and main image, grasses - GKD, Memento Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand, Canteloupe, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue. Adirondack Lights Aqua, Shell Pink. Rangers Distress Ink Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord.
Spellbinders Labels Eight, Tonic Ticket Punch, Cheery Lynn Chryanthemum Strip and Ivy Strip, Pearls, white baker's twine,
Card Box: Pink Petticoat Swiss Dots Lovely Lilac and Solid Shades - Lilac Bloom. ScorPal, SU! Edgelits Finishing Touches, Ribbon

Challenges entered:
Country View Crafts #5 - Summer Sizzler
SplitCoastStampers Color Challenge #CC386
Make it Monday #148
Challenges 4 Everybody #24
Crafting For All Seasons  #56- Bingo - Digi, Pearls and Flower
Through the Craft Room Door 9-15 July Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe #22 Anything Goes

Have a great day everyone, time to pick up the grandkiddies for the rest of the day.

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Strawberry Time!

This last week I made my first jam of the season - Strawberry -which is one of my favourites. Home made is so yummy! This year the strawberries were the best I have seen for a long while - big , fat and juicy; it took no more than twenty minutes for my friend Janet and I to pick four punnets and walk no further than 5 yards down a row. We are lucky to have Pick Your Own farms so close to us; raspberries, gooseberries and blackberries will be next..........and then there will be the chutneys in the autumn..what fun!
I made the computer generated label on Microsoft Office Publisher and cut them out with SU! label punch. As I have such an array of different tops I standardised them by printing out in the same way and cut using various SU! circle punches.

Enjoy........I sure will !!

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Saturday, 6 July 2013

First Christmas Card

I really can't believe I am making Christmas cards already! However, I wanted to try some scenic cards out this year. So here goes!
I started by flicking masking fluid over the white card to create the snowy background and when dry masked off the lower half of the card and the moon to brayer the sky. I wasn't too happy with the result so out came the sponges and with a bit of dabbling I achieved the result I was looking for.. I moved the mask around to make snow humps and used the same pink and bluey grey as the sky to highlight them. I stamped all the images in black and added a large star and a few smaller ones using a Sakura Clear Star pen. These are showing as black dots in the photo but in real time they look quite pretty! I also added some "snow" on the trees using a Sakura white pen.  When thoroughly dry the masking fluid was gently rubbed off to reveal the snowflakes.

Black and white card stock. Stamps: GKD Sentiment and Stag , Superstamp Tree Line, Stampscapes Pine trees 195G, Memento Tuxedo Black, Rangers Distress Inks : Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Spun Sugar, Milled Lavender. Brayer, sponges, Sakura White and Clear Star Jelly Roll pens, Windsor and Newton Art Masking Fluid, old toothbrush, paper for masking.

Challenges entered:
Always Playing With Paper- Merry Monday July Challenge
SplitCoastStampers Colour Challenge CC336
ABC Challenges ABC35 Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas in July
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge  extra for July

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend and don't forget the sun cream!

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Geese in Flight

This is a card I started a few weeks ago for the Craft a Scene challenge - Realistic Forest Animals. I finished it today just in time for the challenge!
ps. - Just found out I made the top three with this card!

White and black cardstock, white glossy card, StazOn Jet Black ink, Memento, Ranger Distress and Adirondack Inks in various blues, ScorPal. Color Box tool and oval sponges.
Stamps: Stampscapes 018E, 040B, 195G, 107E, 203G, Sentiment - Docrafts

Challenges entered:
Craft a Scene -Realistic Forest Animals
Make It Monday #147
Through the Craft Room Door 2-8 June
Challenges 4 Everybody #23
SplitCoastStampers IC395 Saturday Inspiration
SplitCoastStampers F4A175 Think Big
ABC Challenges ABC35 Anything Goes

Lovely to see you popping in - have a great evening!

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Green and Gold

The codeword on Addicted to CAS was Take Flight. The challenge on SCS TLC436  Twisted Traditions 2 was to use traditional holiday colours to make a non-holiday card. I choose the green and gold - but not a St Patrick's Day Card! Also another challenge - Ways to Use It - WT433 - was to use Colour Blocking. I combined the two to make this card.

It was very difficult for some reason to photograph these greens - they came out much bluer than in life.
I used a glass stamp block and Rangers Distress Inks spritzed with water to make my colour blocking.

Challenges entered:
Addicted to CAS #16 Take Flight
Make it Monday #147 with Saturated Canary
Challenges 4 Everybody  #23 Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door  July 2-8
SCS Twisted Traditions and Way to Use It
ABC Challenges - ABC35 Anything Goes

Paper dark green card base, ivory, Bazzill textured sage green, Stamps - Inkylicious Meadow Breeze, Penny Black sentiment,  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress Inks - Scattered Straw and Mustard seed, Detail Gold Metallic embossing powder, Memory box Vivienne and Darla Butterfly dies, SU! edgelits, Glass block and water spritzer.

Thanks for stopping by - have a lovely day!

If all else fails - eat chocolate

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Blue Flowers

This is a CASE of Heidi Baks' card which I think is so beautiful. I added a background and changed the sponged colours the other way round ie darker at the bottom rather than at the top.

If all else fails - eat chocolate