Monday, 27 April 2015

Made it Monday #10 - From Owl of Us

Hello everyone.  Happy Monday.

Did you all have a great weekend?  We didn't get up to much here.

Andy has a week off this week, so we are going to catch up on some much needed household jobs - you know the ones that you put off until whenever ! :-)

I will also be spending some time in the craft room, keeping out of his way LOL!.  Like this morning, whilst he was washing out the garage floor of all the salt from the winter roads.

Another Polkadoodles Twiggy and Toots card for your today.  Using the pre-coloured image Party/Birthday Celebration digi.


So sweet and adorable, and ready to party :-)


The die cuts I used for the outside/inside ovals are Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Oval Dies.  I inked all the edges of all the layers too.


Everything you see is from this wonderful collection.  Layering the image to create some depth.


And there you have it.  A quick card made this morning to share with you.




I have also been doing some more book folding and loving it - can't wait to share with you.  The heart I did the other day, I am hoping to get that decorated and finished over the next few days and I already have a couple of others to share with you, once those are decorated too :-)

I hope you all have a fabulous week.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #89: Use a Die Cut (closes 30 Apr)

Brown Sugar Challenges - Challenge #143: Anything Goes (closes 30 Apr)

Crafty Catz - Challenge #276: Things with Wings (closes 30 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

What's New Wednesday - a little bit of this and that.

Hello.  Happy Hump Day!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week.

I have a couple of things to show you today.

Firstly, one of Andy's latest little metal models.  He really is enjoying making these, so much so, that we have to order more :-)



Last night, Emily and Shannon (as part of Emily's Feb Birthday present) went to see One Republic in concert.  They had a fabulous time.

Andy and I stayed at the venue, in the restaurant and had a meal.  But as we were going to be there for a little while, we both took something along to keep us occupied - we were there from 6 till 10.30pm and had a lovely evening.

I decided to have a go at something I have been meaning to try for ages.  I came across a wonderful Facebook Group for book folding.  Crafty Hana's Book Folding Patterns Group and they are very generous to share some of their patterns, and their knowledge on book folding. 

I have started off with something really simple, because I wanted to make sure I understood the principles behind it.  This pattern is by Crafty Hana herself :-)

So here is my first book folding art (other than the Christmas trees I did), using a pattern for a small heart.  I haven't decorated it or altered the cover, yet!


I am so pleased with result of this and already addicted.  So expect to see more as I progress - Shannon has already asked if I can do her name :-)



That's my something new for today.

Have a fabulous rest of the week.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Made it Monday #9 - One of those...

Man cards!

Hello and Happy Monday.

Firstly my apologies for the lack of posts this last week.  Emily was off school poorly all week and I really didn't feel 100% either, and didn't feel at all like crafting.

We ended the week though on a good note, in that we got a new car, a Nissan Rogue.  All bells and whistles that I now have to get used too, but it's lovely to drive.

Anyways, I had a quick visit to the craft room this morning and made a card.  I have used the wonderful new realease of Twiggy and Toots, it's available for pre-order now!


This lovely scene is a pre-coloured topper from the collection.  I printed it 4 times and then used the Spellbinders Labels 8 dies to make up the pyramid card.


All the edges of all the layers were inked with CTMH Crystal Blue ink.


For the inside I used the same papers and a message panel.  Adding the tree for more interest.


The layers of the pyramid have been place on foam tape to add some depth and a little ribbon to the base layer, along with some sequins which have been topped with Flourish with a Bling Pearl dots in Teal.


To finish off the front I couldn't resist adding these fun ticket sentiments.


An effective, yet quick card.

I am entering this creation in the following challenges.

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Challenge #8: Anything Goes (closes 1 May)

CD Sunday Challenge - Layer it Up (closes 2 May)

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Challenge #76: Anything Goes (closes 23 Apr)

Sister Act Card Challenge - Challenge #102: Anything Goes (closes 23 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

'Tis Tuesday - More Twiggy and Toots

Hello!!

Shannon is back in school today :-) But, Emily is off school with another cold.  I think she caught a chill the other day when they went to a Sugar Bush for a school visit.

I have another creation to share with you today of the wonderful new Twiggy & Toots CD collection, available for pre-order now!  Within this collection there are fabulous templates and one of those templates is a tunnel card.

 

I couldn't resist making up this one, I love how he is up in the tree just whiling away the hours reading and of course a nice cup of tea and a lovely cupcake.


This template is fabulous and I love all the layers.  You can use 3 layers, or add some more concertina folds and use all the layers like I have here.


Everything is from this fabulous collection.


Don't you just love the depth that it creates.  And here it is full on.


I love it.  The sentiment panels are wonderful and have some fabulous quotes - I love this one.  I added a layered flower and that little pearl is paper!  All from the CD.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Crafting from the Heart - Challenge #55: Always Anything Goes (closes 19 Apr)

Ooh La La Creations - Challenge #178: Lots of Layers (at least 5!) (closes 26 Apr)

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge : In the Middle (looking in the tunnel - the middle)(closes 19 Apr)

Through the Purple Haze Challenges - Challenge #84: Anything Goes (entry #2)(closes 30 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Made it Monday #8 - Twiggy and Toots

Helloo.  Happy Monday everyone.

Shannon arrived home safely, albeit very tired, yesterday evening. I have given her the day off school today to recover from jet lag.

We are all really pleased that she enjoyed herself so much and sounds as though she had an amazing time.  I will hope to share some of the photos with you, after we have had a chance to look at them.

Anyways. on to today's make.

Another new release for Polkadoodles.  Twiggy and Toots, is available for pre-order the expected release date is 1 May :-)


I have use one of the Design sheets off the collection, this is Twiggy Hats Off, a pre-coloured image :-)

For my base card, I actually used the back of one of the tunnel card templates (that are in this collection, will have one to share with you soon).  Folded it in half and then added my design sheet elements.


Those little pearl dots, are actually paper embellishments - they are so good that I think they actually look real.


For the inside, I used one of the doors off of the tunnel card, as it fit perfectly for my inside panel.


Another shot, to show you the little depth and everything has been inked with CTMH Sorbet.


Isn't she adorable.  I love those huge eye lashes :-)


I am catching up on my laundry and things today.  After all, Shannon had a suitcase full for me :-)

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - April 2015 (closes 30 Apr)

Crafty Catz - Challenge #274: 2 or more Patterned Papers (closes 16 Apr)

Creative Fingers Challenge #75: Anything Goes (closes 16 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Fabulous Friday - Pink and Pretty

Hello everyone.

I hope that you have all had a most fabulous week.

Shannon is having a fabulous time in Spain, and is due home Sunday :-)  We have all missed her, even Jess the cat has been like a lost soul :-)

Haven't had much of a crafty week this week, hence the lack of posts.  But this weekend I hope to get back on track once again.

For today though, I have my bit of inspiration for the new Polkadoodles challenge that starts this week.  Our theme is Pink and Pretty.

I have used the new Work & Play 10 - Country Life Collection and once again a pre-coloured digi.

Image 1

This one is called "Foxy Friend" and can be purchased as a single digi download too.  Talking of downloads and stuff, Polkadoodles has a new website (for the shop) up and running and you can now get instant downloads of digis, bundles and collections.  Why not go check it out - there is 15% off until Sunday to celebrate the new website! (clicking on the picture will take you to the shop)

Polkadoodles Ltd

So, on to my card for this week.


All the elements are from this wonderful Country Life  collection.  


I distressed all the edges of all the layers and then inked them with CTMH Sorbet. Of course I had to layer her up - she was perfect for this.


For the inside I added the same papers, a message panel and couldn't resist adding that adorable little fox too!


I added some Flourish with a Bling Rhinestones in wine, to the body of the butterfly.  Some ticket sentiments and Live, Love, Laugh banner - all from the collection.


As I said earlier - hope to be back on track this weekend.  So looking forward to having Shannon home, should be back by early evening Sunday :-)

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Brown Sugar Challenge Blog - Challenge #141: Distress (closes 16 Apr)

Through the Purple Haze Challenge Blog - Challenge #84: Anything Goes (closes 30 Apr)

Sisters of Craft - April Anything Goes Challenge (closes 30 Apr)

Crafting by Designs - April Anything Goes Challenge (closes 25 Apr)

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Challenge #7: Anything Goes (closes 18 Apr)

Crafty Calender - April Challenge: Add a Sentiment (closes 1 May)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Fabulous Friday - Wedding days

Hi everyone.  Yay, it's Friday!  Happy Easter to one and all.

We have a nice long weekend here, so no school for Emily, and as you know Shannon is away in Spain.

Even Andy gets today and Monday off, so a nice chill weekend.  We may go out for the day tomorrow and have a nice roast dinner on Sunday.

Anyhows, on to today's post.  It's inspiration week over at Polkadoodles for Week 2 of our Use a Die challenge.  Now that means most of you could go along an enter our challenge!

There is a fabulous prize for this fortnight's challenge - a copy of the gorgeous Octavia Collection.

Image 1


Andy's newphew is getting married later in the year and I thought I would get organized and get a Wedding card made ahead of time.  We unfortunately won't be able to make the actual wedding, but we have offered them a place here to stay if they fancy visiting Canada ;-)

I have used a fabulous pre-coloured image from the wonderful Cherryblossom Lane Collection.


The die I have used behind the image and for the inside is a Spellbinders Pierced Oval Dies.  All the edges of all the layers were inked up with CTMH Sorbet.


My card is a Z Fold card and I added the oval panel to the front.  For the inside, I couldn't resist adding the same panels and a little rose to the message panel.


And as you can see from my next shot, I have decoupaged the Bride and Groom to add some more interest, aren't they sweet.


I did cut these a little small again, just 2.5" high - so my eyes were hurting after cutting out the teeny pieces!

I do love how it turned out though.


So, now it's your turn to go along and enter the Polkadoodles challenge Use a Die. You have until Noon GMT, Friday 10 April.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Fan-tastic Tuesday Where it's Hip to be Square - Challenge #79: Anything Goes with a Twist... Wedding Card (closes 6 Apr)

Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges - Challenge #81: Use a Die Cut (closes 14 Apr)

Creative Knockouts - Challenge #83 Die Cut/Punch (closes 8 Apr)

Crafting for all Seasons - Challenge #99: Animal Magic (closes 13 Apr)

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge: Pastels (closes 5 Apr)

Die Cuttin Divas - Challenge #209: Anything Goes (closes 5 Apr)

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Challenge April 2015 (closes 30 Apr)

DL.ART April Linky Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 30 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Happy crafting.


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Sniff, Sniff...

Hi everyone,

Hope your week is going well.

I haven't had much time in the craft room this week.  Have been getting Shannon ready for her school exchange to Zara Gosa, Spain.

She left yesterday and I didn't cry :-)

They landed safely in Barcelona a couple of hours ago, and then they have a 2 hour coach journey to Zaragoza, where they are staying with their host families.  They are away for 12 days in total, and they get to spend the end of the trip back in Barcelona before flying home on the 12th April.

Andy managed to finish another of his teeny models. This is Tower Bridge, London.




Isn't it fab!

I have a little sneak peek of my Polkadoodles creation for tomorrow.


Hope you all have a fabulous day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

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