Saturday, 31 August 2013

Batty for Bats Eyes :-)

Hi everyone.   How did your week go?  Mine was quite busy, getting the girls organised and ready for back to school next week.

Andy came home last night for the long weekend and we have a few things planned to do and get done whilst he is here.  Honey to do list :-)

I am actually sharing with you another Halloween project :-)

I decided to have a play around with some of the digi's and embellishments from Polka Doodles new Halloween downloads.  Nikky, really got the creative juices flowing with this one.

Witchie Witchie 2013 Download Bundle

I used my Silhouette Cameo and the Silhouette Design Studio to get creative with the images.

Here is what I came up with.


All the elements are from the Witchie Witchie download bundle and I have used the Design Studio to put this card together.  The card base is also jar shaped, just welding two of the jars together.  Then I printed off the Trick or Treat paper and cut another jar slightly smaller and edged this with Memento Tuxedo black ink.


Next up, I cut another two jars, one complete in grey and another with a piece cut from the centre.  I added some google eyes ( I ran out, so they look a bit sparce - think they look as if they are floating in in fluid - which is fine) and then placed a small sheet of acetate and sandwiched together to make the jar. The bats eyes, and trick or treat labels are also in the download.

The bats are also on the download, as digital images for you to colour, but I used the trace feature in Design Studio and cut them out of black card stock.  I added some little eyes with a white gel pen and then stuck only their bodies onto the card.


For the inside, I used the negative cut to act as a stencil and some Memento Tuxedo Black to ink in the bats and then the stamp is from my stash.

And there you have it, a little bit more spookiness :-)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Oh, would you like a little sneak peek of something else that I will be showing you on Wednesday? No?!

Well, I am going to anyways LOL!  See if you can guess what it is :-)


Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Spread your wings!

Hi everyone.  Gosh, it is the end of August and the girls go back to school on Tuesday, they are so excited. Shannon is going into grade 10 and Emily into Grade 7.   Big smiles too, as Andy is home for the long weekend as it is Labour Day on Monday.

I hope you have all had a fabulous week.  Today is the start of another challenge over at Polka Doodles, and the theme this week is Fairy Time.

This week's challenge is Fairy Wings! Angels count too! 
So we want you to join in and show us all your favourite Fairy/Angel creations this week BUT we have a fantastic twist on this for you .... if you wish to enter the challenge you MUST USE an Angelberry Digistamp - SO we will give you a 
FREE Angelberry digistamp worth £2.95* 
to use in the challenge!
(*Freebie only available to people who email us to this address by Wednesday 5th September! We will give you all random digis from the collection which are for your own personal use only and under the terms of our copyright may not be shared with anyone else even if they are entering the challenge, they must email themselves to get a digi)...

Email us here to get your free digistamp now!   sales@polkadoodles.co.uk

You have until Sunday, 8th September to enter in the challenge.  Don't forget, you can only enter a maximum of 10 challenges, including Polka Doodles, in order to be in the running to win any prizes.

The winner of this challenge will win a heavenly bundle of goodies worth £50 from Polkadoodles!!! A massive prize!! And our 2nd and 3rd winners will also win a copy of the Angelberry CD too! Woohoo!

The DT team were challenged to use two different fairies on our projects. So here is what I came up with. Did you know that owl fairies are the ones that give fairies their wings? Well you do now LOL!


I think its called a trifold or accordion card LOL!  Anyways, I liked the look and haven't made one of these since last year sometime!  Here is a link to the tutorial I did last year, if you want the score measurements for the folds - {For Charlotte :-)}

The main fairy is from the Polka Doodles All Around and Everywhere CD and she is coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers and then cut out by hand.  Here is a list of the markers used.

Flowers CT3, PP4, PP1
Skin       TN2, FS2, PP2
Dress     HB2, HB3
Hair        GB1, TN2, TN3
Butterfly  PL1, PL2
Wings     PP1, PP2, CR4, CR5


The little owl fairy is a pre-coloured image from the Polka Doodles Bonbon Belles CD and cut out by hand.  I layered both fairies on foam tape as well as the sentiment.  

The papers are from Double Sprinkle of Kraft (Daisy paper and main sentiment) and the Cherryblossom Lane CD (Butterfly paper and little ticket sentiment). 


So there you have it, a little bit of inspiration for you.  Now all you have to do is get creating and go along and enter the challenge, Fairy Time over at Polka Doodles.

And just newly launched on pre-order yesterday is a stunning new collection Home for Christmas, which we know you are going to LOVE!! Plus you can save a huge £4 if you pre-order it before 11th September so don't miss this one, we're all dying to get our mitts on it here on the team! 


This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #284: Things with Wings (closes 4 Sept)

Sister Act Card Challenge - Challenge #22: Always Anything Goes (closes 5 Sept)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Butterfly Flowers!

Hi everyone.  Yesterday, I had a little bit of me time in the craft room and I thought I would make up a card for a few challenges that I wanted to enter.  Generally, I make something and if there happens to be a challenge it fits, then I enter.

This card however, was made for some specific challenges.  However, one in particular I have been wanting to try and get a card done for, however, something else always came along.

Lisa from A Mermaids Crafts is hosting a challenge at Do More with Less.  She wants you to create a shaped card with a diecut as the base.  She has even done a fabulous tutorial over at the Do More with Less blog.

For this card I actually used my very limited supply of actual dies - I used the Spellbinders Labels 8 set and used the three first sizes.



The card base is made using Kraft paper, and I used my Cuttlebug and the largest size die to make the card.

Now, I have hidden that base card with the papers I wanted to use which were all from a First Edition  6" by 6" paper pack called Spring Feast.

After making the card base, I used the those three largest dies to make the layers of the card.  All the layers have been inked with CTMH Sorbet.  From the side view, you can see the wonderful sparkle on that middle layer.  This paper pack is so pretty.


For something a little different, I added the ribbon diagonally across the first two layers and then the image layer is up on pop dots.  Of course I had to put a little bow in that one corner too!

My image is a freebie from Beyond the Fringe Crafts and has been coloured up with my Spectrum Noir markers.

Butterflies     PP2, PP4 and PL1, PL2
Vase             CR1, CR2


Finally, for the inside, I again die cut the layers and the largest cut was trimmed on the left side to sit inside the card properly.  The little butterfly that has been stamped here, is from an InkaDinkaDo stamp set called Insects Inchies.


I loved making this card with the dies!  Maybe have to make some more at sometime, or get some more dies LOL!

So, this card is being entered in the following challenges.

Do More with Less (closes 6 Sept)

Craft Mojo - Challenge #3: Butterflies (closes 31 Aug)

Stampin' for the Weekend - Challenge : Butterflies (closes 29 Aug)

Flutter by Wednesday - Challenge #250:  Make a shaped card - include butterfly/fairy (closes 3 Sept)

Cuttlebug Mania - Challenge : Anything Goes - die cuts  (closes 2 Sept)

Creative Craft Challenges 2 - Challenge #17: Not a Square (closes 2 Sept)

Bearly Mine Challenges - Challenge #101: Digi Days (closes 2 Sept)

My Craft Spot - Challenge #110: Get Well/Sympathy (closes 9 Sept)

Digistamps 4 Joy - Challenge #74: Anything Goes (closes 3 Sept)

Little Scrap Pieces - Fun Friday Linky Party (closes 30 Sept)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Getting ready for back to school!

WOW - where has the summer gone.  Only seems like yesterday that they were finishing.  Now 9 weeks later and they have one week to go, before everything returns to normal.  Well as normal as it can be, would be better if Andy was here :-)  Oh hang on, he will be - well for this weekend anyways!

We decided to get a photo taken of the girls before they go back to school. So I thought I would share it with you, as it turned out so well :-)


Emily is on the left and is 12, she will be 13 next Feb and then that is Shannon who turns 15 this November. Where does the time go?  Only seems like yesterday the were little babies and I have to share this one with you :-)  Emily at 15mths and Shannon 3 1/2 yrs.


As far as getting ready for school - we decided to sort out their binders and Shannon's notice board.

We did the same last year - bought plain white folders and added papers to the sleeves, both back and front.

Here are four of  Emily's, to show the papers she chose (the zoom boop one is for Science) and then we cut out vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo to do the subjects on the side.  We used the font AR Julian off my computer.

 

And here are four of Shannon's, to show some of what she chose.  The font we used on these was called Aardvark Cafe.  That is just five of the eight subjects Shannon is doing this year.

 

For Shannon, as she is in High School and has a lot to keep track of, she has a notice board in her bedroom. We made up some little magnets to go with her subjects this year!



As and when she has assignments due, or tests etc, she can put the appropriate magnet on the calender. All cut using the print and cut feature on the Silhouette Cameo, and then I just placed some thin magnetic strips on the back.

Eiffel Tower (free clip art) - for French.          Black cat (free clip art) - for anything miscellaneous.

Test tube (free clipart) - for Science.              Dance (Silhouette shape filled and font typed in).   

Briefcase (Miss Kate Cuttables I used one of the set of 3) - for Civics and Careers.

Hola (Silhouette shape filled and font typed in) - for Spanish.

Book worm (Miss Kate Cuttables) - for English.

Addition sign (free clip art) - for Math.

WWII (Silhouette shape filled and font typed in ) - for History.

They are both really pleased and now super organised.  We went out and got all the other bits, pencils, pens etc etc etc last week.  So now all ready for going back to school.

And there you have it.  They go back on the 3 September and they are so looking forward to it :-)

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a bit of life and back to school.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Halloween will soon be here :-)

Hi everyone - I wanted to share with you a bit of a showcase that I did.

It rained and thundered most of the day yesterday - so why not do a little something for Halloween :-)

Nikky of Polka Doodles has been at it again and come up with some fabulous downloads for Halloween. They are available now in the store, for immediate download.

I decided to make up an 8" by 10" artist board.  Firstly I placed some black card stock down.  Next I tore some green card stock and then inked it with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.


I used pre-coloured digis for this showcase (that Nikky had coloured herself are not in the download, they are for marketing purposes only, just the black and white digitals are available and I will be colouring some myself soon).  However, the tree, and house were coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers.  All the elements, including the fences , graves are all available in the download bundle.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out all the elements. (Please excuse the extra large photo's, I think my camera is on the way out - mind you I think I need to have my eyes tested too!)

I used some white ink around the moon and for the clouds.  To add depth I added some pop dots to a couple of the characters, the cat and the fence on the left.  I also didn't completely glue down parts of the tree and owl, again to add depth.


I really enjoyed putting this together :-)  The bundle has lots of elements, including some fabulous backing papers and embellishments to colour and therefore personalise to your taste and the digis can be downloaded individually and then you can make some wonderful Halloween decorations or cards.

Anyway, I hope you like it.  I'm not one to celebrate Halloween, but needs must, eh!

This is being entered in the following challenges.

Five Simple Things - Inspire me Fridays #117: Always Anything Goes (closes 29 Aug)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #27: Anything Goes (closes 30 Aug)

Craftin Desert Divas - Craft it Up and Link it Up Linky Party #13: Anything Goes (closes 1 Sep)

 DL.ART Thankful Thursday August Linky Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 31 Aug)

Just for Fun Challenge Blog - First Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 28 Aug)

Every Day is an Occasion - Sunday Funday #12: Anything Goes (closes 31 Aug)

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

A Creative Journey....The Beginning...

Hello there!  How are you all?  It is my turn to share a post with everyone here and over at She's a Sassy Lady for the monthly visit.

Today's post is a little look at the beginning of my Art Journal.  I bought this journal about 4 months ago and it has been sitting on the shelf, occasionally looking out at me and asking me if I was going to do anything with it.


This weekend past, I finally decided it was about time to treat it to a make over.  It started out as a little black journal.


I first took the cover off the journal to make it easier to work with and then gave it one coat of Gesso.


At this stage, I disappeared off for a few hours as I decided to take my girls to the cinema to see Turbo - great film by the way. 

When I came back it was completely dry.  Next up was to apply some acrylic paints; oh my goodness, I finally used paints!  I used (Daler & Rowney) Lemon Yellow, Orange and Portrait Pink.  All I did was put a few daubs of each colour, then I used my trusty Tim Hortons Coffee card :-) to scrape the paint here, there and everywhere.  


I used my heat gun to dry this off, although it wouldn't have taken long to dry, I wanted to get on.  Next I used a Faber Castell Big Pen Brush Magenta to write in some wording.  Also using Deep Scarlet Red to out line the flow.


Then I decided to get some stamps out.  Still using the Faber Castell pens, I inked up (used Scarlet Red) this stamp from Studio G and stamped randomly over the cover.  I used a Painters white pen and dotted the cross points of the stamp.


I found this flourish stamp by InkaDinkaDo and inked that up (with Faber Castell Magenta), and stamped some more.  I also went around the flow and made some loops, using Faber Castell Scarlet Red and Dark Chrome Yellow.


Using a Sharpie Ultra Fine liner, I went around the edges of all the letters to make them pop.


A close up.


Finally, I got some Faber Castell Gelatos in gold and silver and went around the out edge of the cover.  Just rubbing it in with my fingers.

And there you have it my finished journal cover and "The Beginning..."


Now, as to whether or not I will add anything to the inside of this journal!  We will have to wait and see how long it takes me before I build up the courage to start that first page.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Hey, another Joy Fold card :-)

Hi everyone.

Wow, middle of August already!  Only another 2 1/2 weeks and the girls will be back in school for the new school year.  Can't believe that Shannon goes into grade 10 and I forgot to tell you, but she made Honour Roll again for the second semester, so she was an Honour Roll student for the year 2012/2013. So proud of her.  Emily goes into grade 7, and she also had a really good year, proud of her too :-)

So onto today's post.  We are at week 33 at Polka Doodles and this weeks theme is Have a Heart.  We are all using different download bundles this week.  Did you know that there are small download bundles for as little as £3.99 (thats around $6.50)?  I am using the bundle called Love Birds for my card today.


I made a joy fold card last month, and so I thought I would make another one.  It's such a great card to make and I don't know why I haven't made more.

All the elements in the card are from the Love Birds bundle, except of course my little bit of ribbon :-) The topper on the front panel is a pre-coloured image and is on pop dots for some depth.


I love the papers in this set, and those little birdies and I love the shade of blue.  I have inked all the edges of all the layers.  There is even a template for a bird cage.  Hmmmm - maybe I will give it a go.

For the inside I added a little sentiment circle. This is from the Love and Cherish CD, which the Love Birds bundle is an element of.


So go on over and take a look at this weeks challenge and my fellow teamies have made some wonderful creations for your inspiration.

If you enter you might even win one of the featured bundles this week.  Just don't forget, when entering a Polka Doodles challenge, you can only enter 10 challenges including Polka Doodles.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A little Altered something :-)

Hi all my wonderful friends out there in blog land.

How are you all doing?

I decided to spend sometime in the craft room yesterday, as today I am taking the girls to La Ronde amusement park, well we are stopping overnight tonight and visiting the park tomorrow :-)

I have had this Bisto gravy tub, sitting on the shelf for absolutely yonks, and thought it was about time I used it.

So from this.....


To this ......


I am going to be decorating Shannon's bedroom in the fall, and she is going for purples.  So I thought this would be perfect to go on her desk.

The image is from the Polka Doodles Candy Doodles CD and the papers are from the new Bonbon Belles CD.  She has been coloured up with Spectrum Noir markers, and then I added a little more green ink for grass and then some clouds in the background.


The Spectrum Noir pens I used were:

Hair        CT4, GB1, TN1
Skin        TN2, FS2
Top         HB1, HB2, HB3
Trousers  LV2, LV3
Shoes      PL1, PL2
Flowers   OR1, CT4

The butterflies were cut by hand from some of the left over butterfly paper.  And then I added some bling to their bodies.  I only adhered the bodies to the container, to make them stand out.


This weeks challenge is still open over at Polka Doodles and the theme is In the Garden, so this would fit right in :-)

Hope you will go along and enter, you have until this Sunday, 18 August (12 GMT) to get your entries made.

I also have been having a little play around with Microsoft Publisher and made myself a new little watermark! What do you think?

This creation is being entered in the following challenges.

Spectrum Noir August Challenge - Anything but a card (closes 31 Aug)

Crafting with Dragonflies - Challenge #8: Alter something (closes 20 Aug)

Little Blue Button Stamps - Challenge #8: Use Blings (closes 8 Sep)

One Stitch at a Time - Challenge #176: Use a Digi (closes 17 Aug)

Craft Mojo Papercrafts - Challenge #3: Butterflies (closes 31 Aug)

Crafty Calender Challenge - August Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 6 Sep)

Every Day is an Occasion - Sunday Funday #12 August (closes 31 Aug)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Mwah ha ha ha - MWAH HA HA HA ! - it's alive!

Hi everyone.  Do you like my evil laugh?  LOL!

I got the new cable for my Silhouette Cameo the other day, and she is back in business :-)

I thought I would have another go at a 3D creation.

SVG Cuts are having another offer, where you can download this shoe file for free.  You then make it up and upload it using their special form (by midnight 12 August) and then you get a $6.99 voucher to their store.

I was really pleased with how this turned out.


I used papers for a Recollections stack called Cherry Blossoms.  The paper from the stack I used, had foil accents!


And I used one of Shannon's (my daughter) home made flowers on the front there, I added an old button from by button stash of my Mom's :-)  Perfect!


Although this shoe was a little fiddly to make, I am so glad I tried it.

Here is the back, where I added a dainty little bow, after edging the outer edge of the shoe with the same ribbon.


And one last picture of the front :-)


This creation is being entered in the following challenges.

Five Simple Things - Inspire Me Fridays #115: Anything Goes (closes 15 Aug)


Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Mini Mister storage

Hi there.  I am sharing this little storage idea over at Pam's The Bug Bytes blog today, for my monthy visit and of course with all you lovely peeps too :-)

I expect you have already come across this idea, but I was playing around with some florist foam the other day and realised you really can use this for so many things.

I decided to make a little storage square for my Mini Misters.

First off you need a piece of florist foam.  Depending on how many misters you have, then you can choose what size you want.  I used a piece that is 3.5" square and 2.5" deep.


Now all you have to do, is get your mini mister and squash it down into the foam.  I made 9 holes.  It's great, because it really does just form around the mister.


Next up is to decorate it.  I recommend putting paper around the four sides and on the bottom, to protect the floral foam, otherwise you will end up sticking a nail/finger or desktop objects in the foam and it will soon get tatty.  You could also make a small box to place it in if you wish.


I then added some more paper round all the side and bottom edges.  And then finished it off by stamping a butterfly.


And there you have it - a great piece of storage.  Just think of all the different items you could do this for!

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

My Scrap Chick - Blog Hop Winner of my Candy!

Hi everyone.

Just a quick post today, to let you know the winner of my blog candy.

I would like to thank you all for leaving such fabulous comments and welcome to all the new followers, I hope you will stop by now and again.

Out of the 60 comments, there were 35 eligible entries.  So after renumbering them, I used Random Org to draw a number.
That made the winner of this blog candy;


.......  Tanya of Nonna's Craft Corner.  Whoop Whoop!

Tanya said "Gorgeous!  I would have NEVER guessed that you cut this out by hand - fabulous work there my steady-handed friend!  Love the pretty papers and that stunning little cluster of flowers."

Tanya if you could email me, I will get this in the mail toot sweet :-)  (claimed  :-))

Have a great week everyone.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

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