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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

PaperArtsy tag

This is the start of a project I planned ages ago, to label each of my stamp concentina files so I know what is in them without getting them out. Some of the folders are dedicated to one make of stamps and others have more than one, and one is all the odd sheets of stamps.

This folder is purely PaperArtsy, although this isn't my whole collection - there is a Really Useful Box full of the small size (A5?) sets also. 
I was putting away some stamps I bought in January I decided to make the tag. The tags were cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die a long time ago. I roughly painted the tag with some  Blush Fresco paint, then went over it with South Pacific which is not solid so the pink shows through. Then I stamped each side, this side is PaperArtsy original type stamps. I edged the tag with Distress inks and Treasure Gold, and finally stamped and die cut a "moff". I don't want to add too many 3d details, I think they will end up getting knocked off when the folders are in use. String has been threaded through the tag and folder. 

This side of the tag is done with Dylusions stamps, and JOFY stamps and coloured with Distress markers and Promarkers.

One down around 10 to go!

I have entered this tag in the following challenges:

Country View Challenges - simply scenic (May)
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes #58 Monday
Love to create - anything creative/mixed media goes (Sun)

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Are we there yet? Still on the Quirky journey!

This is my card for the Quirky Crafts reminder, you have until Saturday 9th May midday to come on a journey with us. Any sort of transport will do, and a horse is transport too!
This is Buddy Time by Coosty Creations available from our sponsor Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet. I coloured the image with Graph'its (browns and turquoise), and Promarkers then die cut it with Spellbinders label 1 matted onto the scalloped and grand versions. The charms are the only ones I have like this, I took the loop off the bottom of the horseshoe. The sentiment is cut with an IO stamp set, I always loose the tiny "dots" for the i, so added one with red Stickles.
The ribbons are from Crafty Ribbons, the horse silhouette ribbon is exclusive to them.

Inside the card I punched out horses from around the panels, the white panel has a punched out horse in the top corner.

Mum has a birthday soon and she used to go riding until a few years ago, so this will be perfect for her, and she is the "Special Lady" for Pile it on and One Stitch at a Time!

Come on a journey with us at Quirky Crafts.

This card is trotting into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes 57 (Mon)
TTCRD - anything goes May 4th
Addicted to Stamps - Make your mark (Wed/Fri)
Crafty Ribbons - 118 anything goes with ribbon (Thurs)
Cute card Thursday - use a sentiment (Thurs)
Graph'its Markers - ribbon or lace (Fri 8th May)
Sentimental Sunday - work it out 
Pile ít on - for a lady (Sun/Wed)
One Stitch at a time - anything goes with a special lady (Sun 17th)
Cards Galore - anything goes (May)

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Humming birds

Here is my first card using the beautiful Stampendous stamp set and die set that I bought at the Shepton Mallet show. I added a sentiment by Unity Stamps which I thought was perfect, this is how I feel when I see something amazing in nature. I think this would be a perfect Spring birthday card for someone special.
I coloured the images with Promarkers, and I used two Versacolor ink pads to ink the sentiment stamp. The birds and two of the flowers are die cut and the flowers are layered. The smaller bird is layered because I couldn't get the die to cut it perfectly. The stamped panel is die cut with a Spellbinders card creator die. The colours I used are for the Rubber Dance colour palette.

My card has flown into the following challenges:
Rubber Dance - colour palette (April)
Die Cut Divas - in the garden (April)
Coffee, Chocolate and cards - use a die cut (Fri)
Fussy and Fancy - #137 Spring Flowers (Fri)
Crafting from the Heart - #57 anything goes (Mon)
Papertake Weekly - my pick - Use a Quote (Tues)
Cute Card Thursday - use a sentiment 
TTCRD - anything goes (May 4th)
That's Crafty - keep it simple (Fri 8th May)

Red Rubber Inspirational - Spring Birthday (Thurs)

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

WOYWW #308 D for do something!

I've not joined in for a couple of weeks, not since just before Shaun had his surgery. The operation was sucessful, he is home recovering and they tell us they got it all.
Last week I went to the Shepton Mallet craft show and I wasn't intending to buy any craft goodies - honest! Well this is what happened mwah mwah mwah!
So I have pick and mix card, buttons, lots of glue, triple thick glaze, sprays, Inky Doodle stamps, Stampendous stamps and dies, some cute flying things dies that will be used soon, a couple of bargain Marianne dies, stencils, beads, stickles and at the front is a small pot of Treasure Gold. I cannot get that pot open, I have tried and tried, so if anyone can tell me what I am doing wrong I would appreciate it!
This is my newly finished crochet project, a cardigan for me in cotton. I had a few problems with the pattern but not as many as the last one, here the buttons aren't stitched on.

Here the buttons are stitched on, it looks a lot more blue than it is, the photo above looks truer to colour than this one does. Looks a little tight, but the pattern was designed with "negative ease" - really!! I debated which size to make and am glad I went for this and not the next one down, at least I can wear it this Summer.

This handsome chap is the cat who teases the dogs. He normally sits beneath the conifers he is sitting above - until the dogs go chase him away! He is right beneath my bird feeder usually! There is another cat who also gets chased, is black and white and likes to walk across the pond cover. The grey and white used to look in our patio window until the dogs saw him and went crazy then he would hop up onto the patio table and sit watching the results!

OK I'v been putting it off, but here is the desk. I have had enough of this chaos - something has to change! See my new yarn tubs full up beneath the desk? I hoped to get a lot more in than they will hold.

Birds eye view, on the back of the desk is some material I found in the offcuts box of the local haberdashery shop, are they called that these days? Anyway it is the only shop in town selling material now, as well as yarn, and all the bits. I was heading for the art and craft shop, but found it had closed down. I thought I could make a new back cloth for my mini photo studio with the pink, and the other piece is has peace symbols all over it and the word "peace" and is a much smaller offcut. I liked the colours, just need to use it now - I have some pink left over which goes with it.
The trellis die cut and die - I bought the die at the last show in January then misplaced it until this week (see what I mean, something has to change). In the only space in the middle I am actually using some of my new stamps. The rest - just wants putting away somewhere!

Why am I showing you this? Well it is Wednesday, and on this day crafters of the world show and tell about their spaces and desks. To join in and go see just hop over to The Stamping Ground, home of the lovely Julia Dunnit who started it all.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

We are going on a Quirky journey today!

 Myriam has challenged us with a transportation theme this fortnight, any sort of transport will do and it doesn't have to have wheels. Our sponsor is Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet, and they have provided the images the team used. I used the Designated Driver pack, which includes the main image, two or three different papers, and a few different tickets with sentiments.
I thought I could make a thank you card for my Dad who has driven us to hospital a couple of times which was quite stressful for him at his age to deal with city roads and traffic, and diversions! It is not alcohol related but I wanted to use the Designated Driver ticket because it is cute.
I coloured the image with Promakers and cut it, and the mats behind it, out with Spellbinders card creator dies.
I used the background paper from the pack that didn't feature bottles or glasses, but it has the driver image repeated all over and is coloured already. I added some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, and some cute car buttons (with the shanks cut off) to the inside because this is an easel card. The glasses were in a button pack too.
The word thanks is die cut with an IO die. I used more of the paper inside the card.

Fully open you can see the map fragment I added.

If you want to see some more great examples or if you want to play along with us, hop on over to the Quirky blog now, and you could win some great images from Stitchy Bear.

This card has motored into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - cute as a button (Tues)
TTCRD - Anything goes 27th April (Wed/Sun)
Coffee, chocolate and cards - use a die cut (Fri)
Graph'it Markers - ribbon or lace (8th May)

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Pink and blue and blooming Quirky!

 It's reminder time already, as we are using a photo with pink and blue I printed Sea Breeze from our sponsor Crackerbox Palace in pink on blue cardstock. The daisy was also printed on the blue card and coloured with Koh-i-Noor pencils, then I folded a piece of blue striped cardstock to mount it on. A very quick card, the longest part was cutting out the flowers.

This bunny is so cute, I wanted him to be carrying the plant pot with the daisy in it, again all of these are printed on blue cardstock then colour added with Koh-i-Noor pencils. I cut the images out and assembled them on a panel covered in Papermania Tatty Teddy papers and some polka dot ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. I haven't added  a sentiment to either card, I might later, or may leave them as they are for any occasion.
To remind you, the challenge at Quirky Crafts is to use lots of flowers, the colours in the photo above, or both.

I have entered the following challenges:
Crafty Gals - vintage (Wed)
Polkadoodles - #16 pretty in pink
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes (Thurs)
Creative Fingers - #76 anything goes (Fri)
Allsorts - quick and easy (Sat)
Pile it on - April Showers bring May flowers (Sun/Wed)
Fussy and Fancy - Springtime flowers (30th April)

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Quirky is blooming all over

Kemly set us the challenge to use the photo inspiration below for colours, add lots of flowers or both colours and lots of flowers. It is a very delicate photo with pinks, blues, white and green, and gold, and I incorporated some of those into my card. Our sponsor this time is Crackerbox Palace and the fishing image - fishing boy (could be a girl also I think), flowers and chicks are all from their web site. 
Winners of the challenge can choose any of the stamps to be supplied in digi format.

I coloured the fishing image with Promarkers, and printed the frame of flowers and chicks onto kraft card and coloured those with Koh-I-Noor Progresso woodless pencils then cut an aperture and cut the frame (it's a bit crooked I'm afraid - design feature?) with Spellbinders dies then adhered it with sticky foam to the image. I added satin polka dot ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and some novelty buttons I bought from our local market and used more of the sticky foam roll to adhere the panel to a pink card blank. I thought a bow would look nice (no really I covered a mark on the card with it lol), and I looked for a small tag die and spotted the Sizzix goldfish bowl die which had a fish the exact size I wanted, perfect with the image too. I wrote on it with white gel pen, it says "gon' fishin'".

Come and play Quirky with us.

My fishing child has splashed its way into the following challenges:
TTCRD - anything goes (Mon 13th April)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes (Tues)
I love Promarkers - #264 Ink it up (Wed)
Simon Says - April flowers or spring showers (Wed)
Creative Fingers - #75 anything goes (Fri)
Left of Centre - spots or stripes (Fri)
A Gem of a Challenge - Spring is in the air (Saturday)
Crafty Cardmakers - wings (Mon)
Ribbon Girl - any image and ribbon (Sun)
Pile it on - fancy frames/beautiful borders (Sun/Wed)
Graph'it Markers - flower power (24th April end)

Allsorts - bingo (ribbon, flowers, die cuts) (Saturday)

Fussy and Fancy - #136 Buttons and Bows (Fri)


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

WOYWW #305

 I haven't joined in for weeks now due to the numerous hospital appointments, tests, scans etc for hubby who had a successful operation to remove a tumour and his lymph glands last Wednesday. Today he has been back to have the drain changed and now I need to crochet him a little bag to carry it round, it is much smaller than the bottle and pump he did have to carry round and was using one of my cotton totes to do so, putting the long handles over his head to take the weight.

Anyway it has been tough, and we have been keeping Mother in Law in the dark so she doesn't get stressed out and have a fall again, so we haven't been able to visit because with tubes sticking out she is bound to notice something has happened to hubby - unless I manage to totally disguise the equipment!

The bags above are both camera bags, the big rucksack is one I got by taking out a subscription to a photo magazine, they upgraded it to the laptop version - I couldn't imagine carrying my old £5 jumble sale laptop around, and it has gone now. I don't do laptops, the keys are too close together and it hurts after a short while, touch screen is better. Anyway I am rambling, back to the bags, I have been studying two small bags online for months, the one pictured which is Manfrotto, the Rolls Royce of photo equipment apparently, and another one on Amazon which was a make I didn't know and slightly different design which would also carry a tripod underneath using straps, so it was horizontal. The second one had great reviews, and I might want to carry a tripod - mightn't I? Well I thought and thought, read reviews over and over, finally I decided to go for the Manfrotto, it was RRP of £79.90 or thereabouts and I found it for sale for £25, this worried me a little, it was still for sale months later - was it rubbish? Then I read one review which said that you could only really carry a travel tripod on the second bag, and maybe the Manfrotto was better quality so I ordered it.
I often wished I took my camera when we went walking, or when I did take it I carried it all the way round in my hands, and only took one lens - then didn't find anything to photograph and had sore hands, or I took the rucksack which was on my back and awkward to get the camera out - Shaun would eventually take pity on me and offer to carry it then he had the camera and was too far ahead to get it if I needed it quick! The new bag only weighs .9 kg the old one weighs 2.3kg, the new one is not much heavier than the old one when it has my camera and both lenses packed in it, it is comfy to wear and when I got the hang of how to wear it it was fairly easy to unclip the safety strap and swivel it round to use. I've taken it for a walk twice to try, not actually used the camera, but the beauty of it is that I can take my hiking sticks (I try and do Nordic Walking) and the camera because my hands are free. I am one happy bunny!

I got most of this jacket for my grandson done while waiting in the hospital, it is in a 4ply bamboo and cotton yarn. The pattern was by DMC and was a bit tricky to get right, and the size skipped from 2-3 years straight to 4-5 years, I made the bigger size. I got the buttons at the recent craft show at Westpoint in Exeter at the end of January. I'm quite pleased with it apart from the pockets, they look small, didn't seem to match and I added a row in situ to the one on the left of the photo.
Here is Kenny wearing the jacket and feeding the fish, one piece at a time and in this photo he decided to send the food down the waterfall - boys will be boys! He is nearly 3 and this is size 4 to 5 years old and not that much too big for him.

Well this was him trying it, and we have had such lovely weather this week just like Summer that he didn't keep it on for long, although it is bamboo and cotton yarn so should be good for cool evenings. It became apparent that the button/hood band was too tight and the hood wouldn't be able to be used, and this combined with the pockets prompted a deep memory - it dawned on me that when I did that band and the pockets (very late one night/early the next morning when I couldn't sleep for various reasons and actually stayed up until the morning then had to go out so couldn't catch up) I may have forgotten that I needed to go up a size hook. Something in my sleep deprived brain thought it was fine to use a smaller hook for the band - no! So I have unpicked it and redone it and the pockets and I am so much happier with it (I hope the hood will be usable too) now.

We even had lots of butterflies and bees with the warm weather, nights are very cold, and the weather is forecast to return to usual Spring temperatures by the weekend, so maybe not time to ditch the cold weather clothing yet!
 When you find a closing down sale it seems rude not to buy a big box full of yarn - right? The only problem is I found a cardigan pattern I love and worked out what I needed wrong, don't think I have enough of any colour to make it, so I will have to think again or lose a lot more weight! I have bright green, hot pink, chilli pepper and some cream slub. This is Wendy Mode DK yarn and 50% Merino wool, should be nice and warm.
 I also bought a couple more balls of this James Brett yarn that I used to make those hats and Scarfati's and hand warmers earlier in the year, it is very nice to work with and has some wool content.
Then someone posted about this gorgeous Sirdar self striping yarn on offer at 85p a ball at Love Knitting, so I checked it out. This is when I realised I had worked out the Wendy Mode all wrong, so I decided to make my cardigan in this, I needed a couple of balls of chunky for another project, and I ordered a few balls more than I actually need of the rest to get free postage, it is all the same yarn - when it arrived I thought they had sent me a wrong pack, it looked so different! So I will have that cardigan and maybe something striped with the other yarn but it will be bright.
I have a lot of yarn to get through now, better not buy any more lol.

I had yarn everywhere, so I went out and bought two more underbed boxes to stash it all in - well that was the plan. I couldn't even get all of the yarn pictured above in the two tubs and I thought I was going to get all of the rest of the yarn in the room put away too!

The card making tidying and decluttering hasn't got anywhere with all that has been happening, I really must get back to it.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Quirky baby sketch

I need a baby card so I used Meljen's sweet little rag doll baby sleeping on a cloud. I can't give you a link to get this because Mel has closed the digi shop down to start something new.
I coloured the little cutie with Promarkers and cut it out with Spellbinders dies.
I have loosely followed the sketch over at Quirky, adding teeny tiny buttons. The sentiment is stamped with stamps from a Kars clear set, and heat embossed.

The challenge is to use the sketch or feature hats or both.

Hop on over to Quirky Crafts to see some lovely examples and to play along with us this time, we have three great prizes, from That Craft Place, Ditzie Designs and Meljen Designs, and it could be your last chance to win some Meljen images too.

This little baby has floated into the following challenges:
TTCRD - Anything goes (April 6th)
ABC - G is for Go Digital (Wed)
Crafting from the Heart - #53 anything goes (Mon)
Cute Card Thursdays - buttons and bows
Creative Fingers - #74 Anything goes (Fri)
Glitter and Sparkle - anything goes (Sun)
Pile it on - use die cuts (Sun/Wed)
Graph'it Markers - Springtime (10th April)
Ribbon Girls - pastel colours (April)

Sunday, 29 March 2015

A Quirky sketch

It's Doris' turn to set the Quirky Challenge and she has given us a sketch to use, or you can include hats - or both!
I used Sugar's Doggies from Ditzie Designs for my card - 50% of the profit goes to the Manchester Dog's home, and is an image I purchased a while back. I coloured her with Koh I Noor pencils, first time using them. I vaguely remember buying them and they must have been in a sale. I only have limited colours but I found that I can blend them beautifully with Sansador. I don't normally colour the whole sky but this image has cloud paw prints so I really felt I had to show them up, the blue was a little dark so I tried to lighten it by added white and blending it in. Sugar is a rag doll so she can have green hair if she wants to. One of the little doggies looks like one of mine, the one in her arms is like Alfie the Mini Schnauzer.
I think I need more colouring practice with these wood free pencils.
I die cut the panels with Spellbinders and the word with Impression Obsessions dies.

I don't have a hat so I followed the sketch. The paw print ribbons are a Crafty Ribbons exclusive.

Here is the sketch.

Now hop on over to Quirky Crafts to join in the fun, and maybe win one of the great prizes from our sponsors: That Craft Place, Meljen, and Ditzie Designs.

I have entered the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes #52 (Mon)

Darlene's NBUS - NBUS (31st March)
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbon (Thurs)
Allsorts - feature a creature (Sat)
That Craft Place - Easter/Spring (Sun)

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Double birthday

It was Dad's birthday as well as my brother's at the weekend. I had to make some quick cards because we are still dashing around to hospital appointments in between emergency call outs to Mother in Law in the night, and sorting out her carers etc, and not telling her all that is going on so we don't worry her.
We bought my Dad a couple of duck sculptures from the National Trust shop a few weeks ago, it is hard to know what to get him really, but I had this stamp in mind. Oh Duck is by Sheena Douglas, I haven't used it before on a card but I remembered I had stamped sheets of it (I hoped I remembered correctly - I did phew!), and after searching through 3 boxes of stamped and printed images I found it (might have been quicker to stamp it again lol). I added a bit of colour with Prismacolor pencils, a bit of manly ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and die cut Dad (Spellbinders) and Happy Birthday (Impression Obsession). Unfortunately the words ended up decidedly crooked and the the permanent Xyron sticker adhesive was unforgiving so they had to stay wonky!

My Brother's card, he asked me if this was because he lives in S Wales (hadn't even crossed my mind, it was a toss up between this and the Silly Moo image). This is also a Sheena Douglas stamp, again the words are wonky and you can see the adhesive - I did rub a bit more off before I gave it to him. I used more of the masculine ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, and die cuts by Spellbinders and IO dies as before.

I have entered the following challenges (rubbish entries but you have to try):
Creative Card Crew - Easter Critters (Tues)
TTCRD - anything goes week of 24th March (Tues)
Addicted to Stamps - make your mark (Wed/Fri)
Crafty Gals - anything goes (Wed)
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbon (Thurs)
Creative Fingers - #73 anything goes (Fri)
Stamping Sensations - for the guys (March)