Sunday, 31 March 2013

A New Release of Digis at Polka Doodles!

Hi everyone.  I thought I would put up a quick post for you.

Nikky of Polka Doodles, has been busy creating once again.  She has a new Limited Edition mini CD collection of Digis for you, it is called Fredericka.  It contains 10 digital images with papers and sentiments galore.  Remember it's free shipping worldwide, on orders over £10.00 or more (around $16).

***Fredericka - Mini CD collection

I have merged three of the images together to give you a feel for these fabulous images.  They are aimed at making cards for the older person but are so varied.

Here are the three I coloured using my Spectrum Noir markers.  I haven't made it into a card or anything yet, but wanted to share them with you.

So from casual to classy.

Hope you are all enjoying your Easter weekend.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Live, Laugh, Love!

It's Good Friday today and also good because it's the start of another challenge over at Polka Doodles. This weeks challenge is Paper Piecing.

Thanks for all you hugs and comments earlier in the week, they are much appreciated.  I have been tidying up my blog a little and also my craft room.  Trying to organise things better for a fresh start next week.

Another reason for it being a GOOD Friday is .....  Andy came home last night for the long weekend and is now home until Monday afternoon - YAY!

Here is my little bit of inspiration for you this week, (not a lot of mojo here).

I used papers from the Sundae of the Seasons and Cherryblossom Lane CD's.  I inked all the edges of all the layers with a Stampin Up ink pad, Cranberry.  The image is a Fairy Flutterfly stamp called Meeshelle, also available at Polka Doodles.  The wings in this image are actually the large butterfly stamped behind.

fairy flutterfly Rubber Stamp Set - Meeshelle

She is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and then coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I have paper pieced her top, trousers, bag and the little flower in her hair.  I just noticed too - that I didn't cut the piece around her neck properly - well it's done now.

Did you notice the lovely ribbon flower - that, was made by my daughter Shannon.  You may recall, that I mentioned she bought a flower loom while we were away shopping the other week.  Well she is loving making these little flowers and I just had to use this one on my card.

Here is a close up of the flower.

Didn't she do a fabulous job of the flower.

The little sentiment is from an Inkadinkdo stamp called All Occasion Inchies.

For the inside I used the same papers and the little flower came from the stamp set with the image.

So, come on then you craft peeps.  Get some paper piecing projects done this week and share them over at Polka Doodles.  You have until Sunday 7 April (12.00 GMT) to get those entries in :-)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Non-Krafty Karon :-(

Hi my wonderful bloggie friends.  I just wanted to give a quick apology for the distinct lack of crafty posts this past few weeks.

Having a pretty rough couple of weeks emotionally, although I am meeting my DT requirements, as I am not one to shirk my responsibilities, I have found it quite hard to find my mojo.  The girls think I may have left my marbles behind in Syracuse :-)

I am missing hubby quite hard these past few weeks but the good news is, he will be home for the Easter long weekend as of Thursday night :-)

Anyways, I am going to try and get into the craft room a few times this week and endeavour to get ahead on a few things that will also mean I can then do some stuff for me and not just for DT commitments.  I have been meaning to do this for several weeks, but just haven't been able to get motivated.

A little sneak peek of a card, for Friday's DT post at Polka Doodles, just to keep you interested!

I have been visiting you all and boy have you all been up to mischief amazing creating :-)  You will have to let me in on your secrets.  What keeps you motivated?  What inspires you?  Let me know, if you leave a comment.

I hope you all have the most creative and fabulous week.

Roll on Thursday night :-)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

More Storage - for my great bargain!

Hi everyone.  Thought I would share a mega bargain, I got on Tuesday, well at least I think it's a bargain.

But, before I do!!  Look over there to the right, go on!  See, I have a blog button, yeah!!  Lissa Marie, of So Many Crafts, So Little Time,  made it for me when I won a blog candy on her blog.  I gave  her free rein to create what she wanted with my blog in mind.  So pleased with it, what do you think?  Thanks Lissa :-)

Onto my bargain.

In the local adds here, I just happened to have a quick look, there was a lady selling up some stamping inks. The ink pads that I have tend to be the little round ones from Michaels, with a couple of Memento, Tim Holtz and thats about it.

So, anyways, this lady sold me 22 CTMH stamp pads (practically brand new) with 17 of the CTMH ink markers (not the alcohol ones), 10 of which matched the stamp pads.  Also, 6 Stampin Up Stamp pads and two blender pens - all for $60!  For me this was fabulous.

So of course, yesterday, I had to make some storage for my new stuff :-)

Using the same method I used for my Spectrum Noir Pens here, I used two of the Michaels Photo boxes and made this.  Each shelf is 4" deep by 7.5" wide and they are spaced approx 1.5" (give or take) apart.  At some stage I might connect the boxes completely and decorate them, to make it one complete unit.

The one on the left, the markers are the ones that match the ink pads. And then I slotted in my Memento Tuxedo Black.

The one on the right, holds the spare markers and also my two Tim Holtz Ditress Inks on the bottom.

There you have it - I am one happy bunny and now that I am slowly getting a little more organised I will hopefully have something to share with you again soon :-)

Have a great rest of the week.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Owl Love you!

Hi all my crafty peeps.  It's my turn to share over at She's A Sassy Lady for my monthly visit, thanks Sheila,  and of course I get to share with you too :-)

Sorry for the distinct lack of posts over the last week, it was March break and going away with the girls for a few days sort of scuppered any craft room play time. Although, as you know, it was worth it and I enjoyed the time we had together.  Sunday, I did a little tidy up ready for the girls going back to school yesterday.

I spent yesterday morning in the craft room, having a play around and finally came up with this card. Hmmm, wonder who its for ;-)

I wanted to share with you, how I made the metallic background.  Firstly, I have to show you what I used!  You can get it in Lowes and it is near where they keep the other shelf savers, you know the plastic you can can put on your shelves to protect them.  This roll cost around $10.

Firstly, I cut a piece of cardstock and then covered it with the peel and stick.

The I cut this to the size I wanted, which was 4.5" by 3".

Now I didn't want it all shiny and new, so I decided to use my Spectrum Noir markers (TN7 & TN8) to make it look a bit rusty.

I used the TN7 first, going over the peel and stick every couple of inches, then using the sponge to dab it lightly.  You have to work quite quickly, as the alcohol marker dries quite fast.  Do this until you cover the whole piece.

Next, I did the same thing with TN8 marker.

As I said, it dries really quickly, so I then ran it through my Cuttlebug, with a new purchase folder by Sizziz Tim Holtz Alterations called Riveted Metal.

Doesn't it look like rusty metal.  So pleased with how it turned out.  Next I cut the piece into 6 equal pieces.

Then I used my ATG gun and placed these on a piece of backing paper from my stash.

Then all I had to do was layer it up on my card.  The owl stamp was from the $1.50 bucket at Michaels and was perfect for what I wanted. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black and then I used two brads to accentuate his eyes.  He is then placed up on pop dots and added to the centre of the card.

I also added another four brads to the four corner pieces. I inked all the edges of all layers and for the inside, I used the same papers and also found another little owl to stamp.  

I hope you like the result that I got with the peel and stick, it's so nice to work with and embosses beautifully.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

My Craft Spot - Monday Challenge #91: Embossing or Glossing Accents (closes 25 Mar)

Frosted Designs - Fabulous Friday Challenge: Up Up and Away (closes 28 Mar)

Flutter By Wednesdays - Challenge #231: Any Winged Creature (closes 19 Mar)  

Seriously Creative Challenge Blog - March Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 31 Mar)

Tuesday Alchemy - Challenge #52: Anything Goes (closes 25 Mar)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #16: Anything Goes (closes 29 Mar)

Sentimental Sundays - Challenge #146: Anything Goes (closes 23 Mar)

Love to Create - Challenge #57: Anything Goes (closes 24 Mar)

The Shabby Tea Room - Challenge #158: Anything Goes (closes 24 Mar)

Every Day is an Occasion - Sunday {Fun}day #7 Linky Party (closes 31 Mar)

Thanks for stopping by today

Happy crafting.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Easter is on its way!

Hi everyone.  How are you all doing?  I hope you have had a fabulous week.

This weeks challenge over at Polka Doodles is Happy Easter.  I hope you are all saving up your chocolate allowance for all those yummy Easter Eggs :-)

I just had to use the Cherryblossom Lane CD for this project, as it is full of fabulous rabbits.  Of course there are loads of images for all different occasion; Friends, Birthdays, Wedding, Get Well, Celebration and so much more.  Backing papers galore, sentiments, pre-coloured toppers and digi stamps for you to colour too.

The digital stamp that I have used is of this gorgeous little rabbit called Lily.  Isn't she sweet.

Lily is coloured up with my Spectrum Noir markers.  For her dress, I used my blender pen on top of the pinks to make the little polka dots.  It worked really well, don't you think.

The image does not come with the Easter eggs, but I decided to cut out the basket from a second print and layer it up on some pop dots, then I cut some little teeny eggs to go in her basket.  The papers are all from the same CD.

I outlined my image using the FS2 Spectrum Noir marker, it gives her a little bit more definition.

I made the little banner, using some embroidery thread and some triangles.  The little triangles are just a 1/4 inch in size, they were cut using my Silhouette Cameo and the cut and print feature.

The layer with the image of Lily, is cut with a Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8 and I inked all the edges of all my layers, including the little banner.  I added a little polka dot ribbon to finish off the front.

For the inside, I used the same papers as the front, along with a little floral stamp.

I hope that you will take this opportunity to get some Easter cards made and go along and enter this weeks challenge.  You have until Sunday, 24th March (12pm GMT) to get in your entries, so plenty of creative time.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Lexi's Creations - Challenge #85: Easter (closes 16 Mar)

DL.ART Thankful Thursday - Challenge #105: Easter (closes 26 Mar)

Bearly Mine Challenges - Challenge #77: Easter (closes 18 Mar)

Digi Haven - Easter Challenge (closes 28 Mar)

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenges - Challenge #34: Banners (closes 21 Mar)

The Squirrel and the Fox - Challenge #39: Autumn or Spring (closes 20 Mar)

Celebrate the Occasion - Challenge #103: Spring is in the Air (closes 17 Mar)

Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge : Hello Spring (closes 18 Mar)

Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #260: Anything Goes (closes 20 Mar)

Craftin Desert Divas Craft it Up & Link it Up Linky Party (closes 17 Mar)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Home made Spectrum Noir storage.

Hi everyone.  Just a quick post for today.  If you do daylight saving time - did you remember to put your clocks forward :-)

To all my bloggie friends in the UK, Happy Mother's Day.

It's March break here this week, so I am taking the girls down to the US today, for a few days, much needed, retail therapy.  Clothes shopping, treats and of course a visit to some craft stores :-)  First time going over the border, without Andy, wish me luck.

One of my bloggie friends Tracy of Tracy's Treasures, has been doing a lot of reorganizing of her craft room and she made a storage for her distress ink pads out of foam board.  Why have I never thought of using foam board before, its sturdy and so easy to work with.

I wanted to share with you, what I got up to Friday afternoon.  After spending about an hour procrastinating over what to do - this took me about an hour, max, to make.

The box (yep I cheated why make the box when I had one I could use!) is one of the Michaels photo boxes.  You know, the ones you can get like 5 for $10 when they are on sale.

Anyways, I found a large sheet of black foam board at my local dollar store.  Picked up two, but I now have a spare:-)

I cut 9 pieces of the foam board, each measuring 5" deep by 11" wide.  I had picked up some of that decorative tape in the sales, this one has little bird cages on it and I used it to edge each of the fronts of the cut board to hide the inner white core, and it makes it look nice and neat - thanks for that idea too Tracy :-)

I placed the first foam board shelf, using my hot glue gun for all the sticking, on the bottom inside edge (the bottom is the box on its side.  I did this because I wanted there to be a shelf, as such, on the first part of the box to lift it slightly for ease of accessing those bottom pens.

As you can see the shelves stick a little ways out of the box, but they are slightly shorter than the actual pens, again to make easy access of the pens.  In order to get placement of the shelves, I placed 3 or 4 pens at each end then placed hot glue on the sides of the foam board - slotted it in on top of the pens and then held the sides together to set.  It takes seconds so be quick:-)

I did that all the way up, creating 9 shelves.  Now, you can fit 17 pens on each row and there are 9 rows - get the calculator out LOL, that means this little box can hold 153 pens.  I am just shy of it being able to hold the full 168 pens that are available.  Hey I can always attach another shelf in some way, or when the time comes - get a bigger shoe box :-)   For now I am well pleased with this and I will be adding some more of the pens - hopefully 2 of the 24 sets, soon.

I am thinking that I will  make some canvas straps at some stage, so that I can make it like a carrier, for ease of taking them upstairs to the main floor, if I'm having a colouring session.

Hope you like my nifty bit of craftsmanship.

Thanks for stopping by today - we'll be out shopping till we drop tomorrow, so back soon!

Happy crafting.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Just Because

Hi every peeps.  How you all doing?  Have you had a good week?

I'm doing OK - feeling really down this week, since Andy went back on Monday.  But I did give myself a boot up the back side yesterday morning and managed to get a couple of things made.  One of which I can show you today :-)

My card today features an image from the new Time for Tea digi stamps that you can find at Polka Doodles.

The image is coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers.  My backing papers are from my old stash.

I used the print and cut feature on my Silhouette Cameo, don't you just love how neatly it is edged.  I certainly couldn't do this by hand.

The blue band, down the middle, has been embossed with my Cuttlebug and the Baby's Breath folder.  I inked all the edges of all the layers. I added some ribbon and a bow to finish off the front.

For the inside I used the same papers as the front, and finished the little centre panel with some hearts.

My apologies for the short post, my heart is else where.  Hope to be back on form soon.  Have a good weekend everyone.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Spring is out there somewhere!

Hi everyone, I'm over at The Bug Bytes today, for my monthly visit.  I really appreciate Pam letting me go over and share each month.

This month I am sharing a card that I made with wishes of Spring in mind.  I have seen enough of the snow now and the 7ft pile of it at the end of my drive!  Yep I did say 7 feet!!

Here is my card, with a nice bright yellow background to remind me that the sun is out there somewhere. The backing papers are from a Recollections Paper stack called Bold Basics.

My image is a Milk Coffee Digital and is a freebie that can be found here.  Isn't she sweet?

For my embossed layer I ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder.  However, I wanted the sentiment to be on an unembossed part, so I left this bit sticking out of the folder.  I then used my Martha Stewart Scoring board to make a couple of scored lines just below the last dots.

The image has been coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers.

I inked all of the layers with a purple ink, and the same ink was used to stamp the sentiment which is from a Hero Arts stamp set.

I added a little button to the side of the sentiment and some ribbon, and a bow down the left hand side. For the inside, I used the same papers as the front and then added the little stamped flower.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

My Time to Craft Challenge Blog - Challenge #211: Embossing (closes 8 Mar)

Joyful Stamper - Inspire Me Fridays #98: Anything Goes (closes 7 Mar)

Brown Sugar Challenge Blog - Challenge #31: Greeting (closes 7 Mar)

Stamping with the Dragon Challenge : Anything Goes (closes 14 Mar)

No Matter Which Challenges - Challenge #7: Anything Goes (closes 30 Mar)

Craftin Desert Divas - Craft it Up and Link it Up Linky Party #1 (closes 17 Mar)

I hope you are all having a fabulous week and thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting everyone.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Just a quick post.

Hi everyone, sorry my posts have been a little scarce this last week.  Hopefully, normal service will resume later in the week.

Emily is back on top form and went back to school today:-)  Shannon now has a 24 hr bug - at least I hope its only 24 hrs!

We had a fabulous weekend with Andy being home.  We took the girls to see Disney On Ice - Rockin Ever After.  They really enjoyed it - hey we all enjoyed it.  We had a lovely supper out too.

Sunday was a quiet day, but Andy took them to their Taekwondo lesson, so he got to see how they are getting on at their Blue belt level.

Today, Andy spent the day trying to get rid of a really bad migraine, before we had to drop him off at the airport for his flight back to Winnipeg :-(

He will be back at the end of March for a long weekend as its Easter weekend :-)

I have a scheduled post ready for Wednesday and tomorrow I hope to get in the craft room and get some crafting done.

Catch you all again soon.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Grandma's Birthday

Hi all my crafty friends.  How has your week been?  Andy comes home tonight - yay!!!

Today is the start of another challenge week over at Polka Doodles - can you believe we are already on Week 9.  This weeks challenge is Spring Flowers - so add flowers to your creations.

My Grandmother is turning 92 in May and I wanted to get this card done for her.  I found this perfect topper on the Cherryblossom Lane CD.  There are some fabulous pre-coloured toppers for that quick card and so many papers and embellishments.  Lots of sentiments and images for you to colour too. Birthdays, Anniversary's, Celebrations, Wedding - you name it, you will find something on this CD.

I used some very old woven paper from my stash, for that base layer.  And inked all of the edges of all the layers.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the topper, sentiment and extra butterfly.

Thought the pre-coloured image was just perfect for my Grandma :-)  I popped up this layer and the sentiment and also the butterfly.

I added three little brads to the bottom corner and then some ribbon and a bow to finish of the card.

Of course had to finish off the inside with complimentary papers.  The butterfly is from a Recollections stamps set of butterflies.

So that's my card for some inspiration for you - now its your turn to make a creation and go on over to enter this weeks challenge.  You have until Sunday 10 March (12pm GMT) to get in your entries.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Flutterby Wednesdays - Challenge #229: 3 or layers (not including the base +butterfly/fairy)(closes 5 Mar)

Paper Creators Crafts - Challenge #5: Flowery Delight (closes 7 Mar)

Delightful Challenges - Weekly Challenge 3's a Charm - include 3 of something (closes 6 Mar)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

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