Saturday, 29 June 2013

Ahoy, me Hearties!

Hi all my bloggie friends and cohorts!  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  We are celebrating Canada Day on Monday, so a nice long weekend and Andy is home till Tuesday :-)

I have another card to share with you today, from the Polka Doodles new release Bonbon Belles Double CD.  You really do need to go check out this amazing compilation.


I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo and cut out the pirate ship and Jack the pirate.  They were precoloured images, although Jack is also available on this CD as a black and white digi stamp, for you to colour up.

The papers are also from this CD and I inked the edges and added a little bit of twill ribbon around the middle.

I used the print and cut feature, my ship was shrunk to 2.5" and Jack the pirate is just 0.75", but the Cameo cut them perfectly.  I cut the ship twice and then just used the centre sails to give it a little bit of depth with some pop dots and then placed the whole ship on pop dots too.

The sentiment is by me, just typed up in Word and printed on some blue card stock and cut into a flag/banner/tag whatever you call those things :-)

For the inside I cut out the skull and cross bones twice, but in two different sizes.  

And there you have it a great boy card!  All the elements are from this new CD.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Challenge #150: Stripes (closes 5 July)

Simon says Stamp and Show - Challenge: Stripes (closes 30 June)

Hiding in my Craft Room - Challenge #104: Freestyle (closes 5 July)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Under the Sea!

Hi all my crafty friends.  Hope your week is going well.  I'm going to have a little waffle, not too long I promise.

For those of you that follow my blog, you will know that Andy is working away in Winnipeg at the moment.  Looks as if he is going to be there until February next year :-(

Anyways, last Thursday, Andy rings to say he is not feeling a hundred percent, and then rings me late in the evening to say he is on his way to ER.  He has suffered with kidney stones and has had one rather large one that has been stationary for the last couple of years.  Well this stone has decided to move and it is also bigger.  He spent most of the night in ER but was then released.

He went back on Monday for a CT scan, and they have confirmed that the stone is bigger and he won't be able to pass it.  So, they are starting to look into some sort of operation to remove the stone.  He is OK in himself, although a little lethargic at times, and his body knows there is something not quite right.

So, albeit, I have been a little distracted this week, however, he is coming home this weekend for the long weekend (Canada Day) and I really can't wait to see him.

There, if you are still with me, I do actually have something to share with you.

Nikky of Polka Doodles has a new Double CD that has just been released.  It is called Bonbon Belles, and boy is this a most amazing collection.  You have to check this out, there is so much on these CD's and Nikky has put together a little You Tube video to show some of the yummy stuff, click on the Bonbon Belles link above and then the You tube link is on that page. (Remember, all purchase over £10 {$16 approx} qualify for free shipping!!)

So here is my creation to share with you today.  I used a black and white digital, mermaid.  All the images come with, or without, wings.  There are also coloured versions, so you can just make quick toppers with the images.  

All the papers are from the CD and I used the green flourish to be the seaweed.  All the seaweed, shells and image were cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  The sentiment is also from the collection.

The image was coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens.  Hey, I even remembered to keep a record.

Hair      CT4, GB1, CT1, LY3

Skin      FS2, TN2

Wings   CR2, FS1, TN1

Tail       BT4, BT5 and blender pen

Shells    PP3, PP5

Sea Horse   IG1, IG2, IG3

All the edges of all the layers have been inked.  

I added some pop dots to the seaweed on the left and two of the star fish, just to add a little depth.

For the inside, I used the same papers as the front and added a little shell stamp to the corners.

I so enjoyed pulling this card together.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today, and hope you didn't mind me sharing a bit of life with you :-)

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Spectrum Noir Challenge - Summer (closes 30 June)

Cameo Creations Challenge - Summer Summer Summer Time (closes 10 July)

Crafting for All Seasons - Challenge #55: Make it Girly (closes 8 July)

My Time to Craft - Challenge #227: Spots and Stripes (closes 28 June)

Red Carpet Studio - Challenge #42: Going Digital (closes 29 June)

Stampin with the Dragon - Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 4 July)

Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog - Challenge #11: Always Anything Goes (closes 6 July)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #23: Anything Goes (closes 6 July)

Crafting by Designs - Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 2 July)

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 3 July)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Guest Designer at Craftin Desert Diva's

Hi all my bloggie friends.  I am so happy to be posting as a guest designer this week at....

I am posting today as a guest designer for Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party hosted by Tara of Craftin Desert Divas! Every other Monday will mark the beginning of a new semi-weekly linky party and you could win fabulous prizes!!

This linky party theme is On the Farm.

 The sponsors are Bug Bites 

and they are giving one lucky winner

A Candy Speaks stamp set.

and Pinque Peacock

and they are giving one lucky winner

  The more you link up, the better chance you have to win.  Visit Craftin Desert Divas for all the rules and to play along.

Here is what I decided to make for this weeks theme.

I used a cut file from Birds Cards.  She is so generous to allow us access to all her files for free - she has an amazing selection.  The file I used is actually a card in the shape of a tractor, but I decided to use just this tractor for mine, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut this great file.

My papers are TPC Studio (double sided) called Blips and Beeps, and Rockets and Rayguns.   The pale blue layer (Blips and Beeps) has been run through the Cuttlebug with the Folder Beep Beep.

I inked all the edges of all the layers and also went around the out side of the tractor, which I have placed up on foam tape.  Three little red brads to the sentiment layer, just to add a little embellishment.

I added a 3 to the tractor, as a friends little boy will be turning 3.  This and the sentiment are from a Scrappy Mom's stamp set called Hooray for Birthdays.

For the inside, I used the same papers as the front.

Hope you will Craft It Up & Link It Up!!!

Thanks for stopping by today and thank you Tara.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays!

Gosh, there seems to be so many birthdays going on.  Well, I suppose every day of the year there is someone having a birthday!  Is it you?

It's challenge week 25 at Polka Doodles and this weeks theme is Summer Birthday's.  Lots of pretty flowers, sun, sea and sand, vacations such a diverse selection for that Birthday this week.

It's my Mother-in-laws birthday in July and she lives in the UK, so I have made a postage friendly card for my bit of inspiration this week.

My papers, and the heart frame for this card, are from the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD - this amazing CD is so versatile, including In the Garden, All Sewn Up and Welcome Home.  With over 300 unique elements.  Remember that Polka Doodles has worldwide free shipping, on all orders over £10 (around $16).

I took a sentiment from the Cherryblossom Lane CD and merged it with the heart shaped frame.  I then used the cut and print feature on my Silhouette Cameo to cut them out.  I rotated the top heart slightly and placed it on foam tape to add some depth.

A little bit of ribbon around that centre panel, with a pretty double bow to finish off.  I love these papers, that burlap paper almost looks real.

For the inside I used the same papers.  The rose stamp is from a See D's stamp set called Springtime Swirls.  I inked all the edges of all the layers in CTMH Barn Red ink, as well as for the rose stamp.

I seem to be in the mood for roses lately :-)

So come on over to Polka Doodles this week and enter our latest challenge.  Don't forget, you can only enter a maximum of 10 challenges, including Polka Doodles, in order to eligible for any prizes.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Totally Papercrafts Friday Challenges -  Challenge #172: Flowers and Bows (closes 27 June)

Pollycraft Challenges - Challenge #1: Anything Goes (closes 3 July)

Silhouette Challenges: Challenge #2: Print and Cut (closes 30 June)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

A Normal Family - well, maybe!

Hi all my bloggie friends.  How are you doing today?  I have been having a great time in the craft room lately.

A friend of many is celebrating a birthday this weekend, and I decided to make a her a little fun gift. I gave it her yesterday, along with the card from earlier in the week.  She loved them both :-)

The tile is a 6" x 6" tile from Lowes, I think I paid around $3 for 4 of them.  I did search around for 4" x 4" but they only had white glossy.

I used my Silhouette Cameo for this project.  In Silhouette Design Studio, I made a square that was 5.75" x 5.75" and then found a good font and placed the wording inside that square.  That way I knew it would fit my tile.

Now, I only had white vinyl and I didn't want it to look so bright.  So I had an epiphany, and used my Spectrum Noir marker TN2 and coloured all over the letters.  It dry's really quickly and doesn't rub off.

I did it before weeding to make it easy to colour.

In the next photo, you can see the difference between the bright white vinyl and the actual coloured letters.

Once I had placed the lettering onto my tile, I gave it two coats of Modge Podge Matte, using my heat gun to dry it between coats.  I am so impatient :-)

Before I put the second coat on though, I used Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink around all the edges of the tile.  This not only gave it a lovely finish, but also got rid of the pale cream edges to the tile.  Then I applied the second coat, after heat setting the ink.  I also attached some white felt to the back, just using Scotch Quick Dry glue, it worked perfectly :-)

And there you have it - a great little gift.  If I can ever get my hands on some 4" by 4" tiles, I would love to make a little coaster set with some great sayings on.  I might even make myself one of these!

Thanks for stopping by today and thanks to Norma for the advice on the Modge Podge :-)

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Rough around the edges!

Hi everyone - it's that time of the month when I share a post with you all and also with everyone over at She's a Sassy Lady.

June seems to be the months for birthdays around here, so I have another birthday card to share with you.

Now you will have seen the topper for this card last week, I liked it so much that I just had to use it again.  You can check out last weeks card, if you feel the urge, here :-)  I did manage to print it out properly this week, so it's clearer.

For my card, I decided to have a go at a little shabby chic.  All my layers have been distressed with a Tim Holtz Distressing Tool and then I inked all the edges with Tea Dye distress ink.

The main layers are from a Momenta 6 x 6 pad called Rendezvous.  The rose topper is from Moonlighting Designs by Mary.  It is from a set of 8 called French Flowers.

I decided to add some rolled flowers,  the flowers are from the Cricut Flower Shoppe cartridge, scallop 1 on page 13.  The leaves are from the Art Philosophy cartridge, page 43.  If you would like to see a tutorial on how I add detail to my leaves you can here.

I added a little bit of lace on that second layer to give it a more vintage feel.  The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms called Hooray for Birthdays.

This was really fun to make and once I had decided on the papers, didn't take too long to pull together.

For the inside I used the papers from the front and the little rose stamp is from a See D's stamp set called Springtime Swirls.

I hope you are all having a fabulous week.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #22: Anything Goes (closes 21 June #2)

Sister Act Challenges - Challenge #11: Anything Goes (closes 20 June)

Bearly Mine Challenges - Challenge #91: Flowers Galore (closes 24 June)

Eclectic Ellapu - Challenge: Celebrate Summer Sunshine (closes 22 June)

DL ART Thankful Thursday Linky Challenge: June Anything Goes (closes 30 June)

Thanks for stopping by and for always encouraging me with your fabulous comments and bloggie love.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Bloglovin - I jumped on board - finally :-)

Hi everyone.  Just a quick post and a question.

So on the left hand side, under Google Friend Connect I have now added the Bloglovin button.

I have imported all the blogs I follow to Bloglovin.

Do I still have to go along to each blog and follow with Bloglovin or is that done automatically?

I'm a bit confusticated, as I see I already have 38 followers on Bloglovin?

Anyways - I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.




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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Father's Day Blues !

Hi all my bloggie friends.  How are you doing?

I have a Fathers Day card to share with you today.  This was sent to Andy on the weekend, so he should hopefully get it by the end of the week.

I went with blues and a rich red, for this card.

The boat image is from The Graphics Fairy and they are in a set of four.  I took one and printed it off three times, and then cut down the top two, making that triple layered effect.  

I popped up the image layer and the sentiment layer.  All the edges of all the layers were inked up. Added three little brads, and there you have it.

My papers are from a 6 x 6 Recollections paper stack, called Bright and Basic.

The sentiment stamp is from a set by My Creative Time called You're My Best Buddy - it's a great set full of different male oriented stamp sentiments.

For the inside, I used the same papers as the front.

And there you have it - this would of course make a great masculine card, just change out the sentiment.

I have told Andy, he is not allowed to go on my blog until after the weekend.  I wanted to enter some challenges with this card this week, which is why I have shared it with you all.

This card has been entered in the following challenges.

Eclectic Ellapu - Challenge B is for.. - Three things beginning with B -  Blue, boat and brads (closes 15 June)

Craft Your Passion Challenges - Challenge #166: Father's Day/Masculine (closes 17 June)

Lexi's Creations - Challenge #92: Father's Day or Special Male Birthday (closes 22 June)

Creative Craft Challenges 2 - Challenge #12: We love you Dad (closes 24 June)

Crafty Sentiments Design Challenges - Challenge: Card or project for a male (closes 17 June)

Papertake Weekly - Challenge: Hello Boys (closes 18 June)

Top Tip Tuesday - Challenge #103: Masculine (closes 24 June)

Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Challenge #94: Father's Day (closes 17 June)

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Birthday Wishes and stitches.

Hi everyone.  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  Ours was a little on the quiet side and on Saturday I felt like a lost soul!  Didn't know what to do with myself and was so wishing Andy was here. Oh well, he will be home at the end of the month :-)

Anyways, I have a friends birthday coming up this week so thought I would get something done.  I decided to go a little bit floral and shabby for this one.

My papers are from a Momenta 6 x 6 Cardstock called Rendezvous.  The floral topper was a blog candy win from Mary at Moonlighting Designs.  It was from a set of 8 called French Flowers.  She has loads of beautiful vintage images.

I distressed all the layers with a Tim Holtz distressing tool and stitched two of the first double layers on my little sewing machine.

Popped up the second two layers (script and rose) on some foam tape.  The strip of ribbon is two pieces of ribbon layered on top of each other and then I added a little bow to finish off.

The sentiment is from a Scrappy Moms stamp set called Hooray for Birthdays.

For the inside I used the same two layers as the front, although I didn't stitch these ones.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Love to Create Challenge - Challenge #69: Vintage or Shabby (closes 16 June)

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Challenge #210: In the garden (closes 14 June)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #22: Anything Goes (closes 21 June)

I hope you all have the most fabulous week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 7 June 2013

An Itsy, Bitsy, Teenie, Weenie - not a bikini - Gift box :-)

Hi everyone.  No, it's not a yellow polka dot bikini, although there are polka dots LOL!

This week I had to share a tutorial over at Polka Doodles and I decided to make a little gift set.  The challenge for this week was to use those scraps, no scrap pieces bigger than 2" by 2".

My birthday cards are 3" by 3" and I decided I would share with you how to make up a small gift box to hold 6 cards and envelopes.  Grab a cup of tea or a coffee and lets begin :-)

My patterned papers were all cut at 2" by 1" and rotated around the centre of the card.  Then a flower added to the centre.  The patterned papers are all from A Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD.  The flowers are from the Studio 12 CD - Picknix Collection 1 and the sentiments are from the Cherryblossom Lane CD.

And here is the gift box.  For those who follow my blog, you will recall that I made a box like this, last year, for cards that were 6" by 4" (envelopes 6.25" by 4.25"), click here. This little box will take 6 cards and envelopes (3.25" by 3.25").

To start with you will need an 8.5" by 11" (or a UK A4 piece of cardstock). For the tutorial I am using a white piece to show the score lines clearer, just choose a colour you would like to use.  Cut this down, so that it measures 7.5" by 9".5" and keep the cut off pieces for later.

Next make the following score lines, along the short edge, at 1", 2", 5.5" and 6.5".

Turn your paper and score along the long edge, at 1.5", 2.5", 6" and 7".

Remove corner pieces, your finished piece should look like this.  Note the tabs cut at the 2.5" mark on the long edge.

Use a corner rounder to finish off the corners indicated.

On the longest piece of your left over strips you will score as follows, this is going to be the belly band around the box.  Score at 2", 3", 6.5" and 7.5".

I used Kraft card stock for the box, now we are to decorate before assembling, it is a lot easier to do it this way.

Turn over you box to the inside and here are the positions for the double sided sticky tape.

And the first part to assemble, secure those tabs to the inside.

Wrap the belly band around the box.  Secure, not too tightly, you want to be able to take the band off and on. 

Next I added a flower to cover the join of the belly band.  The flower is from the Studio 12 CD - Picknix Collection 1, the floral paper is from Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD.

And there you have it.  A great little gift box, that will hold 6 cards and envelopes.

So why not take up the challenge this week. Make a card with those scrap pieces and go along and enter at Polka Doodles.  Don't forget, to be eligible for prizes you may only enter 10 challenges including Polka Doodles.  You have until Sunday 16 June (12pm GMT) to enter, plenty of time to get creative.

I am entering this in the following challenges.

Five Simple Things - Inspire Me Fridays #106: Anything Goes (closes 13 June)

4 Crafty Chicks - Challenge #145: Flowers (closes 11 June)

DL ART Thankful Thursday Link Challenge: June - Anything Goes (closes 30 June)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

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