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Monday, 29 June 2015

Quirky reminder - rosettes all the way.

I think this Cartoon illustration of a happy boy in a wheelchair, by Ken Brenner and available from our Quirky sponsor - Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet, is great. You don't often see images for kids in wheelchairs, and I thought I would make it into a well done card. I coloured the image with Promarkers and Graph'it Markers (the hair), die cut it with Spellbinders squares and matted onto a scalloped square. The trophy is a Marianne die. The sentiments are stamped with Hero Arts clear stamps. The rosette is a Sizzix Tim Holtz die. The card blank is shiny red card, I had to dumb down the lighting in the mini studio not to get too much shine.

Hop on over to Quirky Crafts to see some wonderful creations by the team and to play along with your rosette makes.

This card had raced into the following challenges:
Crafty Gal's Corner - anything goes (Wed 1st)
Inspiration Destination - anything goes (Wed)
Creative Fingers - #85 anything goes (Fri)
Glitter and Sparkle - sentimental (Sunday)
One Stitch at a Time - red, white and blue (Sun)
Pile it on - flag colours Red white and blue (Sun)
Chocolate, Coffee and cards - Seeing Red (Fri 10th July)

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Time for some Quirky Rosettes.

Kemly set the challenge over at Quirky Crafts this time, and all we had to do was add a rosette, or rosettes.
Our sponsor is Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps, who provided us with some lovely digital images to use. I have used two images by Ike's Art: Cushion Kitty who I gave a crown, so she could be queen for a day (or king for a day) using Coronet.
I coloured the image with ProMarkers and added some Liquid Pearls and Stickles glitter glue to the coronet on the jewels to make it pretty. The image is die cut and the coronet cut outside of the frame, then mounted onto a die cut gold panel which looks quite regal, all with Spellbinder dies. The rosette was die cut with a Sizzix Sizzlet Tim Holtz rosette die in red paper with gold circles and the number 1 is cut with an Accucut Zipemate die. I found an oddment of red ribbon from Crafty Ribbons to add a tail to the rosette.
The sentiment is stamped with a clear stamp from a Hero Arts set. This could be for a birthday, or to say well done to someone I think.
I am late posting this, but at least I managed to make something this week, but I managed to mess up the Quirky post royally. First it didn't go out on time - my fault for not pressing the button and thinking I had, second I mixed up two of the guest designers, only put one card on with the wrong name and link against it. It is all sorted now, but what a prat, I put it down to tiredness - I knew I was out all day today and would be late, and I should have realised what I had done with the guests last night when I did it. So big apologies to everyone.

Having said that, if you would like to see what the team have done and maybe play along just hop over to Quirky Crafts now.

I have entered the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - oh so pretty (Tues)
Passion for Promarkers - anything but square (Tues)
Crafty Gals - #24 red, white and blue (Wed)
Left of Centre - ribbon, twine (Fri)
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes (2nd July?)
Crafting from the Heart - cheeky or anything goes (Mon)

Friday, 12 June 2015

Quirky Kitchen

The challenge at Quirky Crafts this time is K for Kitchen, and we are sponsored by Robyn's Fetish and Digital Delights. I have had some family problems which escalated in the past few weeks so while I have been busy in the background keeping the blog cogs turning I just haven't had the energy to make something for this challenge. So I thought I would share this recipe scrapbook that I made for a previous challenge which fits the theme perfectly.

Above is the front cover, and below some of the pages with pockets and decoration, all digis are from our main sponsor Robyn's Fetish.

I also made some cookery book tag markers to go in one of the pockets of the book. All ribbons are from Crafty Ribbons.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Another bright shirt, that's Quirky!

I found this shirt which I had put under something, so I finished it off. The  "Shirt and Tie Shaped Card" files are from The Cutting Cafe, I used some double sided paper to make the shirt and some American Crafts paper that looks like fabric for the tie and handkerchief. The sentiment is also from The Cutting Cafe and is from a printables set called  Assorted Celebration Word Circles. I have teeny tiny buttons and one normal sized button which has Tim Holtz twine though it.

You have until Saturday at midday UK time to play along with us at Quirky Crafts.

I've entered the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - anything goes (Tues)

WOYWW #313 Wells

I bought Shaun a bargain ticket to go into The Bishops Palace and Gardens at Wells and it expired this month, so today we went and it was lovely. This is a photo of the cathedral from inside the palace grounds.

Here is Angel Shaun...

and Angel Carol lol.

There once was an ugly duckling, with feathers all stubby and brown.... couldn't stop singing that sone when I saw these cuties! 
I took over 100 photos today, but better not put them all on here or it will be a long and maybe boring post for some.
I've somehow not had the heart to join in WOYWW lately, every week I take the photos then don't do it, but last week I really wanted to join in the anniversary celebrations and even make an ATC, unfortunately MIL had other ideas, she had 3 falls, and we got called out 4 times, had to get paramedics twice, and the doctor once, and she ended up in hospital, and Wednesday evening we spent 5 hours waiting for the doctor after the paramedic called out of hours, then the ambulance. MIL was tucked up in bed - we were not! So I was far too tired to do a thing - and I hadn't managed to make my first ever ATC. I know it is Thursday now, just, but I thought I would pop in this week and explain. I seem to have become an occasional WOYWWer when I used to be regular so to speak!

This is what I started on last night, a dog sweater for Alfie. I trimmed the dogs short ready for Summer a couple of weeks ago when we had a few really warm days, but then we had a lot of really cold days and poor Alfie was suffering with his arthritis. I've been meaning to do this for ages, and today it was so hot he doesn't need it. This one I tried on him and it is too tight but I think I will finish it anyway, it might be ok for next door's Dachshunds if they want it and if I lengthen the body. Now this is the right way up, the holes are for the front legs and there are cuffs to do, and the instructions say to join it from the neck to the start of the shaping, so just past the leg openings. Poor old Alfie is way to stiff in the legs to get this on over his head and legs, so I have decided I better redesign the pattern so that the seam is along the back, the reverse of how it is here, and then work a button band so I can pop him into it and button it up - then it will be easy to put on. Alfie may object strongly to wearing clothes, he never has been keen on his waterproof coat! 

Oh well I better show you the desk, looks pretty messy but I have made a lot of progess putting away stamps. There is a bit of stamping going on here, I have good intentions to enter challenges with real stamps as well as some digis, I keep finding they have closed by the time I get round to actually making something!

The only problem is more stamps are on the way, and some have arrived:
The sad reason is that many shops are closing down, like Whiff of Joy and these beauties were up to 90% off, most of the stamps were less than one Euro each! How could I resist! Quixotic Paperie closed, I had to buy some Kraftin Kimmies, and I was going to buy more but left it too late. Clare Curd had a closing down sale, I bought a couple of things there. CraftsULove have their weekly bargains that you have to grab quick and they have the WR Memory Keepers flower punch board for just £9.99 and there was free postage on the bank holiday weekend - hrmmmp, yes it came my way! Then I won a Kraftin Kimmie $10 voucher, more than $10 of stamps fell into my basket and there is postage on top, and I wondered if I should have chosen my first choice but the ones I chose were in the Frugal Friday sale!
Now I need a load more EZ mount, and haven't finished putting away the stamps I have, and I have a load of stamps I have had years and not used or used a long time ago and think maybe I need to clear them out. Well I did start doing that, but the awful events of this year put a stop to sorting out and selling stuff cheap, and tidying really. I have only just got back to it.
Also I am coming up to our 40th wedding anniversary, and my 60th birthday which the family will combine into one celebration, we don't normally remember our wedding anniversary or celebrate it, but I guess we will have to this year, so maybe a giveaway is in order, if I can get round to it!

To find out what this is all about and join in hop over to The Stamping Ground now, where the legendary Julia Dunnit will explain all!