Friday, 29 August 2014

Slowly returning to crafting.

Hi everyone.  I hope that you are all doing well and that you have had a wonderful summer.

I will, over the next week, come and visit you all and see what you have been up to.  I thank you all for your kind thoughts and support over a very sad time.

I made a small stop in my craft room yesterday and made a shaped easel card for the inspiration week over at Polkadoodles. The challenge theme is Get Organised for Christmas.

All the elements on this card are from the wonderful CD collection A Home for Christmas.  I designed the easel shape in Silhouette Design Studio and all the pieces are cut out using my Cameo.

I layered up some of the elements, like the poinsettias, holly and hearts, to add some dimension to the card.

The baubles are also from this CD and I layered them up in Design Studio and added the sentiment.  I then took my Sakura Gelly Roll pen, Stardust, and went over all the swirls on the baubles as well as some parts of the main image.  Here is a close up of those baubles.

And here's another look from the other angle, see the lovely sparkle.

The collection I used was A Home for Christmas.

A Home for Christmas CD Collection

Nikky has been busy over the summer adding lots of new items to the Polkadoodles shop.  From new Digi downloads, new stamps, new CD collections.  You just have to pop along and check it out.  Don't forget that for international crafters, if you spend over £20 you get free shipping!  But there are also lots of new immediate downloads too, so no waiting for the mail man :-)

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog - Challenge #192: Children and/or Christmas (closes 2 Sept)

Dream Valley Challenges - Challenge #89: Flowers (closes 6 Sept)

Sister Act Card Challenge - Challenge #72: Always Anything Goes (closes 4 Sept)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Another Quick Hello.

Hi everyone.  I wanted to pop in briefly today, just to say Hi.

Hi :-)

I am so sorry (seem to be saying that a lot lately) that I have not been around this week, whether it be to visit your blogs, or even to get something posted here on my blog.

A dear friend lost her husband this Monday past, to cancer,  and I have spent some of this last week helping her arrange his funeral, although we are calling it a Celebration of Life.  It is to be this afternoon.

I have not had the time nor the inclination to even enter my craft room.  I hope that once things are all said and done, that I will find that much needed therapy within my craft room and have something to share with you sooner rather than later.

I hope that you are all well and making the most of these last days of summer.

Enjoy your time with your families.

Be back soon.

Hugs to everyone.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Using up those Scraps #3

Hi everyone.  I am sharing this post over at She's a Sassy Lady for my monthly visit - so thanks for having me Sheila.

As you know, I have had a really big sort out of my craft room and therefore have been trying to use up a lot of my scraps - and I do have a lot of scraps!!

I spent a little time in the craft room over the weekend.

Here is my card for today, and I will explain how I made it below.  I am using up my 8" by 3" cards from the UK.

I used a 1.5" punch to cut out a pile of circles from my scraps.  I am working my way through my colour drawers, so it's greens today :-)

I got a piece of plain card stock (yep from my scraps) and covered it with double sided sticky tape. Then I placed my first layer of circles.

The second layer of circles I inked up, and then placed over the spots that remained to be covered. Trimmed it down to fit my card.

Next up, I used some more scraps (told you I have a lot LOL) and made some flowers.  I was inspired to make these flowers by Desire of Doing Life, and here is the link to her great tutorial for them, they are made up from the 1.5" round punch too :-)  Thanks for sharing Desire.  The tiny butterfly is from Birds Cards and the sentiment is from a Polkadoodles CD.

For the inside I just added a cream panel to the patterned paper and stamped it with some tiny butterflies.

And there you go, a card from scraps.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Delightful Challenges - Challenge: 1,2 Punch (closes 20 Aug)

Craft Your Passion Challemges - Challenge #226: Use at least 3 patterned papers (closes 24 Aug)

Sister Act Card Challenges - Challenge #70: Always Anything Goes (closes 21 Aug)

Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenges - Challenge #49: Anything Goes (closes 25 Aug)

Little Scrap Pieces - Show it off Saturday Linky Party (closes 23 Aug)

Crafting From the Heart - Challenge #32: Anything Goes (closes 24 Aug)

Clear it Out Challenge Blog - Challenge: Theme Anything Goes; Stash Anything Goes (closes 25 Aug)

Thanks for stopping by today and thanks for your wonderful comments and support of my blog.

Happy crafting everyone.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

A quick hello and sneak peak ;-)

Hi everyone.  How is your weekend going?

I spent a little time in the craft room yesterday making a card with more scraps, but I will share that with you on Tuesday :-)

Here's a little sneak peek.

Well, I did say "a peek!"  I know, aren't I a tease :-)

Andy is still away in Winnipeg - sigh!  We also are still waiting for new contracts to be signed and stuff, so it looks as if our end of August for Andy coming home for good, is not going to happen :-(

He will be home for the long weekend though, before the girls go back to school on the 2nd September :-)

I have been decorating the girls folders for back to school, trying to convince them to have some decoration of sorts on the papers, but not sure if they want it yet.  But will show you those once they are done.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Still time for Summer Fun.

Hi everyone. I-i-i-it-t-t's Friday!

Hope you have all had a wonderful week.  Weather here has been very wet, but has done the garden good and also meant I got a little time in the craft room.

Today, it is week 2 of our Fun in the Sun challenge over at Polkadoodles, and we have plenty of inspiration for you, so why not go over and check what the rest of the Design team have been up to. That's after you take a look at my creation, of course LOL!

I used several CD collections for this card and used all pre-coloured images and the wonderful papers.

The little swimmer, banner and wave paper are from the wonderful Work & Play 4 CD, I love that if you are in a hurry you can choose to use the pre-coloured digis to make up a quick card.

I cut all the pieces for this card using my Silhouette Cameo, I tend to try and design the card in the software, and then I can just cut everything in one go.  I inked all the edges of all the layers, and popped up the top frame on foam dots.

The beach hut and cloud background are from another fabulous collection, Bonbon Belles Double CD.

For the inside I used the frame again, with the cloud background.

The sentiment tickets on the front are from another great CD collection Cherryblossom Lane.

Polkadoodles has lots of new products in the store, including new Christmas stamps, individual stamps of the Work & Play, Dollie Daydream characters and all at fabulous prices too.  Lots of crafty goodness to take a look at.  And don't forget, for overseas, postage is free if you spend just £20 in the store.  Also, lots of new additions to the digital download section of Polkadoodles, where you don't even have to wait for the mail man :-)

Polkadoodles Digiworld Store

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Crafting with the Dragon - Challenge: Sun, Sea & Sand (closes 29 Aug)

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge: Summer (closes 20 Aug)

DL.ART - August Link Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 31 Aug)

Little Scrap Pieces - Show it Off Saturday: Anything Goes (closes 16 Aug)

Sentimental Sundays - Challenge #219: Decorate your Card inside out (closes 16 Aug)

Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Challenge #48: Anything Goes (closes 18 Aug)

That's it from me today, I will be back on the weekend with another "Using up those scraps" post :-)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Using up those Scraps #2

Hi everyone.

We enjoyed the lovely weekend with Andy home, take him to the airport today :-(

I did a little bit of gardening on the weekend, please remind me not to leave it so long to weed!  I only did the back garden and that took me 2 1/2 hours!  I still have to do the front, but that will have to wait, as it got too hot yesterday.

This card took me under an hour to make. I did it first thing yesterday morning when I was pottering around and in between wash loads.

Firstly, I cut three different scraps into strips of  3/4".

I used a base piece of card stock (from my plain scraps), I made sure it was big enough for two pieces for my 8" by 3" card.  One for the outside and one for the inside :-)

Covered the base card stock with double sided sticky tape - you could use adhesive card stock, but I don't have any :-) Then just added the strips of paper diagonally across the base.

Then I trimmed it and cut it to fit my card.

Stamped another piece of scrap with the bird and birdcage and added a little Thank You stamp underneath.

All the edges of all the layers have been inked with CTMH Cocoa.

I added a few pearl dots from Flourish with a Bling to finish of the front, and placed the image and sentiment up on foam dots and tape to add dimension.

For the inside I added the patterned background and a little panel, stamped with the bird, to write a message.

That's it, another quick card and using up my scraps.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Using up those Scraps #1

Hi everyone.

Well, I did manage to get a little time in the craft yesterday.  I decided that as I have sorted out my craft room, now would be a good time to use up some of those scraps!

I thought I would just go through each scrap paper draw and make a card from each of them.  I am going to use up some of my 8" by 3" cards to do this.

So, for a very quick card, I just picked some patterned papers (pinks/reds draw) - cut them up, placed them how I liked and then there you go.

I used a die cut by Cheery Lynn Designs - Small Exotic Butterflies, still using those same scraps.

All the edges of all the layers, butterfly and sentiments were inked with CTMH Cotton Candy.

The sentiment tickets are from my Polkadoodles stash, and can be found on many of the CD's.

For the inside, I finished off the rest of these scraps and added a little cream panel to write a message.

I added some gems to the body of the butterfly and to the right front of the card, just to add a little sparkle.

So a very quick card.  Hope to have another quick one to share with you soon :-)

Andy is home for the weekend, so won't be about much :-)

Have a great weekend everyone.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Hello and sorry :-)

Hi everyone.

Just a quick little note of hello.  This week turned out to be quite hectic, so I have not been in my newly organized craft room :-(

We had vet appointments, eye appointments and just having some time with my girls.

We got the DVD Divergent - so we had a movie night.  A fabulous movie.  I had already read all three books, so I enjoyed the film, although Shannon was saying we now have to wait until next March for the next film.

Andy comes home tonight for the weekend :-)

I hope to have some me time today, and have something made to put on my blog.

I hope you have all had a fabulous week.  I know a lot of my American friends have kids returning to school this week or next.  I hope you all had a great summer.

My girls don't go back until the 2 September, so we have a few more weeks yet.  Started to sort out the school supplies, so will be off to Staples this weekend to get the remainder.

Then some folders from Costco, to fill with fun papers that the girls can choose to decorate with.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Craft Room Re-org Finished and a Video :-)

Hi everyone.

I have finally finished the re-organization of my craft room.  I can't believe it took me less than a week!

For those of you who guessed and were wondering, yes I am Welsh :-)  Thought I had lost this accent years ago, but find it really strange to hear myself talking !

Took the girls to see Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday.  Wonderful fun bit of escapism - great film.

There are a few little bits that I need to do like my ink storage and ribbon storage, but the rest is all finished and ready to be used.

I think I need some lessons on how not to say, "so", "stuff like that", "things like that", "OK", LOL!  Sorry for the repeating of these statements :-)

And (for my hubby) yes I did remember which was left and right, and not just my other left LOL!

The start of the video is the before and then continues onto the finished area.

I hope you like the video and maybe it will inspire you to sort some of your crafty things too.

I can't wait to get in my "new" craft room and actually craft again.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.
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