Monday, 21 July 2008
Both the cards are using Laura Ashley Papers. I'm quite pleased with how the second turned out, it's not my usual pink and purple card so makes a nice change. The third picture is of a cake that Ed and I made! It's a chocolate fudge cake. I wanted to decorate it with these gorgeous pink decorations but we were trying to be careful with our money and Ed wanted it to be plain anyway. It tasted gooood!
I've added a 'Blog Candy List' to the right of my page. I thought this was a good idea, as people can take a look and it shows clearly when they are finishing. So keep remembering to check it out! I am determined to win some candy haha!
Here are a few of my cards. I've used Penny Black stickers on the first two. Capture The Magic had a sale on Penny Black stickers so I stocked up ;-)
Sunday, 13 July 2008
There's also blog candy at Andrea's World, she's got some Magnolia stamps up for grabs!
Have also seen some lovely candy over at Maria's cards, I'm quite jealous of all the stuff she has bought in the states too wow!!
We had some friends to stay this weekend, whilst the parents are away. We went to the West Midlands Safari Park, which is only about half hour from me. It was great, loads of animals, though we did get scared when a pack of wolves seem to be circling our car!! Oh and the snakes in the reptile house were HUGE, there was an Anaconda!! Needless to say, I had a nightmare about snakes last night (I have them often but I still find them intriguing to look at!)...
Bye for now...
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Sunday, 6 July 2008
Karen - for reaching 2000 hits!
Nikki - for reaching 10000 hits!
Becky - Just because she's generous!
Artfully Ila - Check out the new set of High Hope stamps, they're very cute!
Pretty Pressings - Almost 170000 hits, wow! Gorgeous blog candy!
Some of these are finishing tomorrow so you must hurry, that's if you're not already sleeping by now!!!
Saturday, 5 July 2008
So I thought I'd show you some pics...it feels a bit like bragging but it's certainly not, I just know that people put pics up when they get new stash and I always find it really interesting to have a nosey!!
1) Kezza recommended the Letraset rubs ons, so I'm looking forward to giving them a go. The rubber stamp in the middle is a High Hopes elephant stamp, it looks so cute!! Then I got all the Laura Ashley things from my brother and his girlfriend...I didn't even ask for them, so was a lovely surprise! I got some lovely new primas from Kate and Gaz. I haven't used primas before, from what I know of anyway, I just use any random flowes! So it's good to add to my stash :-)
2) Well, the following post was responsible for this little pile of goodies. I took a look at Poppicrafts and loved what I saw, I could've asked for much more!!
3) The Glitter Pot - This has got to be my FAVOURITE craft shop. Kezza is so lucky to live so near! I could spend loads here. I'd wanted some Lili's die cuts for ages so I'm looking forward to trying some of these. I'm also excited about the Craftwork Cards mini sentiments. I struggle for sentiments sometimes, they're the most basic thing but something I just don't have much of. So these will be really useful!
Last but not least, I have come across lots of Blog Candy...and I just can't resist! The first is Steph who is celebrating reaching 20000 hits! The second is Karen who is celebrating setting up her own craft company and third is Katharina who is celebrating the new High Hopes stamps. And I mentioned one of the High Hopes stamps earlier, the elephant is not one of the new ones but it's gorgeous and the new ones look great too! Go check them out!
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
This second card was made for my friend who has just had a little girl. The paper is actually from a little stack I found in Tesco's. It is SO thin and not good quality but it's fine once backed onto card. I did the Holly lettering using my Olivia Cuttlebug alphabet. I have found Kate's advice very useful, in that because the letting is so thin, it can be tricky to stick them onto the card. So what makes it much easier if you put double sided tape on the back of the card BEFORE you cut the letters, so then once you've got the letters, you can just peel off the tape and stick them on. It does mean you waste a bit of tape but it's so much easier. So there's a little tip for you all, incase you didn't already know ;-) I did the scallop free hand, it's not very perfect but hopefully you can't tell!
Right I'm off to watch the Murray game!!!
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
I will upload some cards soon, when I get round to it!!
Sunday, 22 June 2008
This card also fits in with the Caard Varks pink challenge too. I'm not sure of the rules of all these sketches but I've seen people use one card for 2 challenges and I couldn't see anything stating that I couldn't, but I'm not 100% sure so I'm sorry if I've broken the rules!
Saturday, 21 June 2008
This is another of Friday Sketchers sketch. It's one of those cards where I can't decide if I like it or hate it. Let's just say, it didn't go as I'd planned. I'm not sure the backing paper goes with the rest, I'm also not sure of introducing the yellow either, but it's done now and gave me more practise of working with sketches.
This is quite a simple card, but I quite like how it turned out. I have used glitter on the blue parts of the stamped image but it's hard to see on the photo.
Friday, 20 June 2008
Saturday, 14 June 2008
I used a compass to do the circles and cut them out by hand. I can't wait to get my circle nestabilities, that a certain someone is buying me for my birthday ;-) I also used my lovely new Cupcake papers. Hope you like, looking forward to doing more!
Thursday, 12 June 2008
Well, thanks to the lovely Kezza for my first award on my blog, it was a lovely surprise! I have found so many excellent blogs over the last few weeks, all of them full of inspiration and ideas. It's really difficult to know who to pass this award onto but the 3 people I have chosen are:
Kate because she's been my craft buddy for a while and is new to these blogs like me!
Kitty because I adore her cards, she seems to get the colour, pattern and layout spot on!
Zoe because I also love her cards and she makes a lot of varied cards :-)
I love reading all your blogs so keep up the good work girls :-)
Thursday, 5 June 2008
As you can see, I am working my way through sharpening them all. I have tried various sharpeners, and have found a cosmetic one to be the best. Some people may prefer the pencils really sharp but I find that they're more useful with a rounded ball on the top, as I'm only going to be blending with them anyway, and the last thing I want is pencil lines on the card. I found this nice yellow tub to put them in. I was torn whether to keep them in the beautiful tin but I thought they'd be more assessible like this.
I have only made one card with them so far, though I have been playing with them. I'm not very sure about this card. I thought it was turning out ok but I'm not that happy with the end result. I showed it to mom, she said it was nice but was 'too busy'.
I'm happy with the effect of the prismacolors, though this was the first attempt using them. I think I made the mistake of overblending them, it still looks ok but need to practise and this doesn't show them in their full glory. I'm very happy with my purchase though and look forward to using them a lot more :-)
Thursday, 29 May 2008
I made this card yesterday, my first attempt at a Cuttlebug card. I used a Penny Black stickeroo, paper from a QVC paper pack, Bazzill card, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Dovecraft brad and fabric flowers.
This is a card I made for my friend's dad, who has recently had a hip replacement. I wanted to do something a bit different to the previous one, so I changed the colour scheme and tried out my nestabilities. I borrowed the idea from Cass to snip the corners off the image, it looks more effective that way. I used another Penny Black stickeroo, some DCWV ribbon, Bazzill card, random paper (I've got so many patterned papers, it's not funny!), Olivia alphabet and small scalloped rectangle nestabilities. I'm quite happy with both these cards, still got a lot to learn though!