Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Yuletide Humour

In this post I'm sharing the card I made for my dad to give to mum for Christmas, he usually asks me to make her card rather than buy one as that way it is always unique.  I spotted this image a while ago in a craft magazine and just knew it would appeal to my dad's sense of humour.  The man and sentiment "There are lots of things money can't buy ... unfortunately none of them are on the wife's Christmas list.'  are from Acid Drops & What Not's, it was an excellent excuse to buy something from their range and start another stamp collection addiction!  He is coloured with the following Graph It markers.

The poinsettia are stamped on kraft card using Visible Image stamps and coloured with Graph It markers 5220 and 5245.

The list is made from the scroll stamp in the Anna Marie Designs Skating on Ice and the Script stamp is from Creata.  All the card stock is from Anna Marie Designs.


I trust you had a lovely Yuletide and wish you all the best for 2015. Creative Blessings. x

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Faery Ink Inspirational! - Any occasion gift bag.

I hope you all had a Merry Yuletide and are looking forward to the beginning of 2015.  Today it is my turn to post an inspirational post on the Faery Ink Blog. 

The image is Get Well Birthday Cute Girl, the title made me realise that it could be used for any occasion so I decided to make a bag to hold some goodies for any occasion.  I used Creata lined paper which is 120gsm so makes some really strong creases and again I relied on my Hougie to make this from just one sheet of A4 paper.  I used a hole punch to create that holes for the ribbon from my stash as a fastening.



The images is coloured using my Graph It markers Skin; 4120, 4125, 4150, 4155, Dress; 7110, 7125, 7130, 7175, 7180, Shrug & Shoes; 5115, 5120, 5125, Hair; 360, 3170, 3190, Eyes; 3150 and silver shaker.

I cut the line between the girl and the balloon and used a piece of ribbon instead.

Close-up of image by Faery Ink.

I hope you liked my inspirational creation.

Crafty Blessings. x

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

Monday, 22 December 2014

A classic Yule card...and the WINNERS of my blog candy giveaway!

Today I wanted to share a classic style Yule card using a few high quality products from two well-known brands. 

All the card stock is from Anna Marie Designs and I used Visible Images stamps.  The poinsettias are decorated with Eiskirstalls from Anna Marie Designs, its difficult to see on the card but they do look amazing in real life.


Due to the 3D image I made a box for the card to go in, again using Anna Marie Designs card stock.


 
 
AND THE WINNER IS....
Now on to my candy giveaway winners, since I only had three comments :-(  you are all winners but first prize (drawn from the pot of names by my awesome hubby) goes to LUCY BLOSSOM, and the runners-up are Dianne Bennett and Carole Pollard.  Ladies please could you contact me with your addresses using the email on the Ways to Contact Me page on this blog, thank you.  Your prize will come direct from Foil Play sometime after the Festive and New Year period, so please be patient.
 
Crafty Blessings.  x

Monday, 15 December 2014

Faery Ink New Releases! - Love, Valentines Day

Today sees some new releases over at Faery Ink, and this time love is in the air so it's time to 'sigh' and swoon over our crafting.  This image is Honey as Cupid, I wanted to go all out red on this card, I know that's possibly a bit predictable but it happens to be one of my favourite colours too, so any excuse. 

I have used Creata metallic card as a base card, the Art Deco style was created using my Hougie, it's really simple to do but very effective.  The embellishments are Creata flock peel-offs.  I have added a bit of bling with some gems on the corners of the image.


I coloured Honey using the following Graph It markers; Skin; 4120, 4125, 4150, 4155, Rose; 5250, 5255, 5260, Leaves; 8280, 8290, Dress; 5250, 5255, 5260, 5270, Hearts, 5255, 5260, Hair, 9100, 9101, 9201, 9501, Gold Shaker. 

Close-up of image by Faery Ink
Don't forget to pop over to the Faery Ink Blog so see the other DT creations and then over to the Faery Ink Shop for some looooooved-up images!

Crafty Blessings. x

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Anything Goes - http://creativefingerschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/challenge-60-winners-58.html
Paula Holifields Crafts ALBC - Anything Goes - but NOT Christmas
http://paulaholifieldcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/albc-anything-goesbut-not-christmas.html

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Faery Ink Challenge # 4 - Winter Wonderland

So this time the Faery Ink Challenge theme is Winter Wonderland, you might already know this but I LOVE snow, so I loved this theme, as far as I'm concerned we never have enough snow in Winter.  I fell in love this this image (Honey Snowman Piggy) because of the little piggy all wrapped up in his Winter woollies, isn't he just adorable.


I used my trusty Graph It markers to colour the image (Skin; 4120, 4125, 4150, 4155, Jumper; 1130, 1140, 1150, Bows, Ear Muffs, Cowl, Gloves, 5110, 5115, 5120, Hair; 3120, 3125, 3170, Skirt; 1250, 1280, 3120, 312, 3140, Boots; 5110, 5115, 5120, 5125, 6150, Snowman Scarf & Hat; 6110, 6120, 6130, 6140, Snowman; 9100, Buttons, 6175, Piggy; 4150, 9401, 9403, 9405, Carrot; 4170, 4175, 8280, Snow; 7105, 7110)  I had a little crisis whilst colouring this image as my marker 4120 started to dry up but I've ordered a replacement and it gave me an excuse to order a few more markers, well it would be rude not to and also I saved on the postage.  :-)

Close-up of the image by Faery Ink.
I have added some snowball accents, there are tiny pompoms I have in my stash which I have fixed with Cosmic Shimmer glue.  This is mounted onto Jean coloured classic A5 paper from Creata.  I made the diamond spring card using my Hougie board (which is my new favourite toy having attending a workshop with Kay Rutter at Keep on Crafting in Bury St Edmunds), and is made from Creata metallic card.  The Let It Snow ribbon is from my stash.

I do hope you like my creation and have a go at taking part in the Faery Ink Challenge.

Crafty Blessings. x

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 228 - Animal Magic - http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/week-288-animal-magic.html
Aurora Wings - Challenge #9 - Anything Goes - http://aurorawingschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/challenge-9-anything-goes.html
Christmas Cards All Year Round - December Challenge - Anything but a square or rectangle - http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/december-challenge.html
Clear It Out Challenge Theme: Blues, Stash: Ribbon

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Busy with Buzzcraft

I have been busy building up these decoupage little chaps from Buzzcraft which were sent to me by the lovely Gill at Foil Play.  I became quite addicted to building these pyramage decoupage images and then I thought I best make some cards with them!  Here is a photo of two of the cards I have made with these adorable little images so far.

 

On this card I have used lined paper and metallic card both from Creata, the butterfly ring and toadstool die are also from Creata.


This creation uses festive papers, lined paper, metallic card and peel-offs from Creata as are the dies used to make the leaves, windows, snowflakes & leaves.

Crafty Blessings. x

Monday, 1 December 2014

DT Project - The Sisters of Craft Blog Challenge December

So here we are in December 2014 already!  As it's the first of the month it must be time for a new challenge over at The Sisters of Craft Blog.  This month we are being sponsored by one of my favourite artists, Toni Arthur (Art by Toni).  If you haven't come across her images you absolutely must check out her Facebook page, I'm hooked on her art work, it's so delicate and truly stunning. 


My image is the Crescent Girl Head, don't you just love the lines of the hair, it has so much movement.  Big news on this, I broke away from my Graph It markers, I know I was shocked too but something about this flowing design wanted me to use coloured pencils and since I was lucky enough to bag myself a awesome bargain of Spectrum Noir pencils (the ones that add highlight to your alcohol pens) I instead used those.

This time I have made a calendar, it is a simple easel card covered with patterned papers, peel-offs, die cut buckles, lace coloured with a Graph It marker (old habits die hard), all the supplies are from Creata including the cute little buckle dies these will get a lot of use because I think they are adorable, love buckles almost as much as I love buttons!

Anyhooo, here are photos of the finished project and I do hope you will join in with The Sisters of Craft Blog Challenge as the DT always look forward to seeing your creations.  Don't forget to check out my teamies creations on the SOC blog.




Crafty Blessings.  x

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Faery Ink Facebook Contest

Before I get started you still have 5 days to enter my giveaway to win Kanban sheets. 

In this post I would like to share with you my DT project for the Faery Ink Facebook Contest and this time it's a little different as we have a colour palette from which to choose your colours.  You need to include all of the colours in the palette above in your creation. No, it doesn't have to be the exact colour but you want to try to get pretty close, you can use additional colours if you like.  Please go to Facebook page and request the image from our DT Coordinator Valou.

This beautiful image is Granmargaret Fae.  I have coloured her using my Graph It markers in the following colours; Skin; 4120, 4150, 4155, 4170, Dress; 5220, 5245, 5250, 8270, 8280, 8290, Mushrooms & Butterflies; 2120, 2130, Eyes; 8120, Wings; 7105 & silver shaker, Hair; 3150, 3160, 3190, 5220, 5250.



I have backed the image on to gold lined paper, then on to green mirri from Creata, then on foam pads on to Kraft card from Anna Marie Designs.  The butterfly 3D sticker, ribbon bow, string and leaf ribbon are also from Creata (Natural Sense 1 and 4).  The mushrooms are cut from green metallic card and Winter Wishes Paper Bloc using Creata dies.

Close-up
Colour Palette to use for contest
Crafty Blessings.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Faery Ink New Releases! - Winter

Winter is my second favourite season, and I love a snowy Winter.  So I am delighted to bring you my post with just one of the new releases from Faery Ink.  This image is snowball fight, I enjoy a good snowball fight, in fact any fun in the snow is just perfect!  Don't forget to check out the other new releases on the Faery Ink Blog .

I have used Graph It markers to colour the image (unfortunately my craft room is in disarray at the moment so I have misplaced the list of colours!)


The image is mounted onto foam pads on Creata mirri card and then on to Creata patterned card.  The gems are from my stash.  The snowflakes have been made from Creata Metallic card using one of the Creata Winter Wishes die.  I added Creata Joycrafts Natural Sense 1 Ribbon.  The sentiment is from the Creata Winter Wishes clear stamps stamped on to Creata Metallic card using the Xcut Nesting Four Petal dies and distressed with Tim Holtz Broken China distress ink.  I have created the flowers by stamping Creata Metallic card with Creata Winter Wishes clear stamps, again cut using the Xcut Nesting Four Petal dies and brads from my stash.

Here's a close up of that beautiful image.
Ah so that's what happens when you tidy up!  Here are the GI colours I used; Skin; 4120, 4145, 4125, 4150, 4155 Lips; 5110,  Boys Hair; 1210, 1230, 1250 Eyes; 7125, Girl's Hair; 3125, 3140, 3170, 3190, Eyes, 3245, Ear Muffs, scarf & gloves; 6110, 6120, 6140, Jumper; 7220, 7240, 7250, Leggings; 9100, 9101, 9102, Boots; 9501, 9502, 9505, Jeans; 9100, 9101, 9102, T-shirt 9100, Boy's gloves, scarf & hat; 9201, 9203, 9205, coat; 5220, 5245, 5250, snow; 7105

Don't forget there is still time to enter to win my blog candy .

Crafty Blessings. x

Monday, 10 November 2014

Faery Ink Challenge # 3 - Christmas

Gosh is it really time for a new challenge on the Faery Ink blog, time flies when you're having fun, and I have been having fun with the Madonna & Child Christmas image from the Faery Ink shop.

I have to confess this is not the sort of image I would normally go for but as a crafter I like to work outside my comfort zone at times, and of course you need to make cards that appeal to a wide range of people.



I have tried not to use too many colours as I wanted to keep the image quite neutral.  Here are the Graph It markers I used (Skin; 4120, 4125, 4150, Hair 1210, 1230, 1250, 1280, Hair; 3125, 3140, 3160, 3170, Blanket, 7105, Cloak; 9100, 9101, 9102, Halo, 2120.

I wanted the Halo around the Madonna to really stand out so I cut it from the image, got out my foils from Foil Play, and then mounted it on foam pads.  The image is affixed to Creata metallic card edged with Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink, this is affixed to Creata Classic paper, then on to Creata  card and finally on to Creata silver mirri board. 

My main objective with this card was to make the Halo the focus point.

I do hope you join in with the Faery Ink Challenge as all the DT really enjoy looking at your creations.  Crafty Blessings. x

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Birthday Blog Candy Giveaway

This is my first Blog Candy Giveaway, the first of many I hope!  So as you might have guessed from the title it was my birthday this month (the 5th in case you are wondering, and cue the firework jokes...pretty sure I've heard them all but please feel free to entertain me with something original!) and I've decided to share some love with my blogland friends.  I thought I would make it simple for my first giveaway so all you need to do is follow my blog (if you don't already) and leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite thing about November.  You have until the 30th of November to enter.

'But what can I win?' I hear you shouting...ok, first off I have some rather gorgeous double-sided (shiny one side and matt the other) mirri card in 10 colours, 12 lengths of different coloured blingalicious glittery ribbon, 5 card blanks & envelopes and two tape runners from my own stash and 20 mixed everyday and Christmas Kanban sheets (provided by the lovely Gill James over at Foil Play).

Here is a photo of some of the booty you could win...


Winners prize plus 20 sheets of Kanban.
4 lucky runners up will receive 20 sheets of kanban (selection may differ from those pictured)

The winner will be chosen at random from all the comments (please only comment once to give everyone a fair chance) there will also be 4 lucky runners up who will receive mixed everyday and Christmas Kanban sheets, also chosen at random. (This giveaway is open to UK residents only.)

Best of British and Crafty Blessings. x

Monday, 3 November 2014

Faery Ink Inspirational Post - Steampunk Season!

It's time for another inspirational post on the Faery Ink blog from yours truly.  This time I have used the Mad Hatter Wonderland Steampunk Angel, such a funky image and you can buy her here in the Faery Ink Etsy shop.

I have used Graph It Markers in the following colours; Skin; 4120, 4125, 4145, 4150, 4170, Eyes, 7160, Wings; 7105. 9101, Hair; 3160, 3190, 5220, 5250, Hat; 9501, 9502, 9505, Glasses; 5215, 5245, 5250, 5270, Belt, 5140, 5245, 7110, 8110, 9501, 9505, Top; 9201, 9205, 9203, Drink; 3160, Dress; 5215, 5220, 5245, 5250, Silver shaker, Feathers, 7105. silver shaker, Boots; 6290, 9407 to colour the image and have mounted her on black foam pads. 

The base card is black Anna Marie Designs card, the background shape is cut using my Silhouette Cameo from Creata Lined Paper.  The feathers, heart, clock, gears and egg timer are all Creata dies cut from Patterned pad, Silky card, Mirri card and Metallic card, again all from Creata.  The mini playing cards are from my stash.

Hopefully you have been inspired by my card and will come and join us in the Faery Ink Facebook Group to show us your creations.  There is also a monthly challenge on the blog and a Facebook challenge.

Crafty Blessings.  x

Saturday, 1 November 2014

DT Project - The Sisters of Craft November Challenge

I can't believe it's November already, November is another favourite month for me, not least because it's my birthday this month! Anyway I'm not here to gossip about me, it's time to share my Sisters of Craft November DT project.  I always feel more inspired this time of year which is why this month I have two projects to share, and they are a little seasonal. 

Our  November Challenge is being sponsored by The Stamping Chef


I have used Krissy Kringle for my projects, and in case you are wondering this is exactly how I look when I wrap my Yule gifts! LOL.

The base is made from Kraft card, the image is printed on a super smooth card which I buy in bulk from Rymans just in case anybody was wondering, and oh surprise, surprise I have used my Graph Its to colour her, I do love my GIs!  (Skin; 4120, 4125, 4135, 4150, Outfit; 5215, 5220, 5250, 5255, 5245, 5260, 5270, Bells; 1280, Goldshaker, Eyebrows; 1230, Lips; 5245)


After tearing the edges of the card rather than cutting it square I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Ink.  The Snow Kisses stamp is from the Creata Winter Wishes stamp set.  Using another piece of torn paper with inked edges I stamped Merry X-mas!!! from the Happy Holidays stamp set. I finished it off with a ribbon from my stash.


My other project is a Yule tag using the same image and again I have used Kraft card.  Krissy is coloured with the following GIs (Skin; 4120, 4125, 4135, 4150, Eyebrows; 1230, Eyes; 9100, 7250, Lips; 9100, Bells; 9100, Silver Shaker, Outfit; 7210, 7220, 7240, 7250).


The snowflakes are made with 3 of the smaller snowflakes from the Creata Winter Wishes stamp set using clear ink and Teal WOW embossing powder.  The tag loop is made using a piece of silver and white cord from my stash.  I must say I rather like that icy blue lipstick, not sure I would look quite a cool as Krissy does though!



Crafty Blessings. x

Friday, 24 October 2014

Faery Ink Inspirational Post - All at sea!

I'm thrilled to be posting my Faery Ink inspirational post for this month.  Having quite recently bought some sea themed dies from Creata I picked the Pearl Mermaid from the Faery Ink collection, and you can find her here.

I coloured her using the following Graph It markers; Skin 4120, 41525, 4150, 4155, Lips 5115, Shell; 9501, 5115, Shell Bra; 5120, 5130, Hair; 3140, 3170, 3190, Eyes, 7130, Seaweed, 8260, 8270, Globe; White Shaker, Tail; 7125, 7130, 7210, 7220, 7240 8120, 8270.



I have used a design sheet from the Debbi Moore Designs Under the Sea CD as the backing paper (this is printed on photographic paper).  The embellishments are cut using the Creata dies from Creata Metallic card.  These have been highlighted with Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Antique Linen, Milled Lavender, Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw,  Spun Sugar & Victorian Velvet.

 
Crafty Blessings. x
 

Monday, 20 October 2014

September Review & October's Choice

You may remember that I read the first novel by Joanna Sheen & Julia Wherrell "A Sticky End" back in October last year and you can find my review here if you missed.

I was delighted when my mum bought the second book "A Violet Death" for me and this too has been signed by Joanna and Julia.  Some of you may know that Joanna Sheen is also a crafter (one of my favourites) with regular appearances on tv and articles in magazines, and I must say her novels are as beautifully crafted as her cards.

Victoria and Albert live in the fictional Devonshire village of Swaddlecombe, which to me seems like a character of its own.  Joanna & Julia clearly know first hand what it is like to live in a small English village, and Swaddlecombe sounds very much like the little village where I live.  Everybody knows everybody and usually everything, the shop, Post Office and pub are the hub of village gossip and the village show is not just about the taking part!  Fortunately, although there might be a few mysteries in our village  I'm pleased to report there hasn't been a murder!

Publisher: Victoria Farm Press Ltd
11th August 2014
As the first book was so good at embedding you in the village and discovering the quirks of each character reading the second was like catching up with an old friend.  I loved finding out how the renovations are going to Victoria's property, whether her and Albert have become a 'proper' couple and just who's cake will win the village show.

New characters and locations are introduced to the reader via Victoria's research for her latest article and her endeavours to find the murderer, but does she also risk her friendship with Albert?

10 KDS points.

My October read is a novel that received quite a bit of press and one I borrowed from the mobile library (I really shouldn't be borrowing library books I have more than enough books of my own to keep me reading for the next 300 years!) and was recommended to me by the librarian himself, which I guess does unintentionally make it his choice rather than mine but ... for October I shall be reading The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith.  Some of you will already know that this a pseudonym for a very famous author but for those who don't you will have to wait until my October review (or you could ruin the surprise and Google it!)

I would love to hear what book you are curling up with this month.  Autumn Blessings. x



Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Faery Ink New Releases! - Christmas

Today sees some new releases over at Faery Ink, I have chosen Father Christmas.  I love this image as I think he looks like a rustic Father Christmas from the days of Wise Women, story tellers and folk songs.

I have used the following Graph It markers to colour the image; Skin; 4120, 4125, 4150, 4155, Hair; 9100, 9101, 9201, Holly; 8280, 8290, 9201, Berries; 5220, 5245, Lips; 5115, Outfit; 8270, 8280, Antlers; 3160, 5140, Ylue Log; 3140, 3160, 5140, 9405, Flames; 1250, 2110, Melted Wax; 9501.

The image is mounted using foam pads on Creata patterned paper which in turn is mounted on Creata copper mirri board using foam pads.  I have off set the image to allow a boarder which I have decorated with Creata peel-offs.  The crocheted ribbon/string is also from Creata and the Seasons Greetings sentiment is from my stash and inked with Tim Holtz Festive Berries and Vintage Photo distress inks.


Please pop over to the Faery Ink blog and take a look at the other new releases.
Crafty Blessings.  x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Poppies & Private Peaceful

I made this card for my mum, inside I put a newspaper clipping for the show Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo mat Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds.  I purchased tickets (we had seats in a box don't you know!) for mum and I as part of my mum's birthday gift - it's an important birthday I could tell you how old she is but I value my life too much!

Firstly I would like to tell you that the play was amazing, it was just one actor taking you through his life, the lighting and sound effects really added to the atmosphere, and we both thoroughly enjoyed. 

I used the Poppy digi from Sami Stamps (A Day for Daisies) with my Graph It markers; Petals; 5215, 5220, 5250, Stems, 8260, 8270, 880, 8290.  I adhered this using a tape runner to a DL card which I cut down and then stamped over it using Creata Script stamp with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink.  I used Clear Pigment ink pad and red embossing powder to emboss the Creata Hearts stamps and mounted them on foam pads.

Crafty Blessings. x

Friday, 10 October 2014

Faery Ink Challenge # 2 - Halloween

It's time for a new challenge over on the Faery Ink Blog, and the theme is Halloween.  I have used the very funky Skully Goth Girl image, you can get her in the Faery Ink Etsy Shop

I have coloured the image with the following Graph It markers Hair; 6110, 6120, 6130, 6140, Top; 2105, 2110, 2120, Eyes; 3190, Vest, 6290, Skulls; 6175, Skin; 3120, 4115, 4125, 4135, 4145, 4150.

The easel card is made from a sheet of A4 orange card stock from my stash.  I have used a button (also from my stash) as the stopper threaded with Creata ribbon which I have also used to create a bow.  The Halloween and bat peel-offs are from my stash (they were originally silver so I coloured them black with a permanent marker pen), and I used Creata purple and black mirri card which I have torn at the edges rather than cut square as I felt this was more appropriate.  I have added some foils from Foil Play and double sided tape at the front of the base and also to the skull on her top.   I'm really pleased that the foil colours match perfectly with the Creata mirri.

I would encourage you all to take part in the Faery Ink Blog challenge and share your Halloween Creations, why not pop along to the Faery Ink Etsy shop and treat yourself to a spooky image!




I would like to enter this into the following challenge;
One Sweet Challenge - October - Halloween Theme http://onesweetchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/octobers-challenge.html#comment-form

Crafty Blessings. x

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Autumnal Creation

It would seem that Autumn has well and truly arrived in the UK, not that I'm complaining because it's my favourite season, as far as I'm concerned it is nature in all it's glory.

I always feel more inspired to make at this time of year and I simply couldn't resist this cutie from Faery Ink.  I really enjoyed colouring her using my Graph It's in the following colours (Wings; 7105, 9100, Hair; 1280, 2120, 2130, Skin; 4120, 4125, 4150, Lips; 4175, Eyebrows; 1230, Skirt; 8270, 8280,8290,2120, 2130, 5220, Top; 2120, 1280, 1250, Nails; 4175, Flowers; 5140, 2120, 8280, Eyes; 3250). 

It was also a chance to play with my new Creata stash including the new Autumn die and new ribbons.  I've undone the brown so I could fray it.

I've also used flower die, patterned papers, lined paper, silky card & classic paper all from Creata.  The tiny brad holding the flowers together is from my stash.






Close-ups


I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

wk 40 - Autumn Colours - Graph It Colouring Challenge - http://www.tlwkds.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/autumnal-creation.html

Challenge # 92 - Anything Goes - http://avenue613.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/challenge-92-anything-goes.html


 
Crafty Blessings. x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

DT Project - The Sisters of Craft October Challenge

It's time for another challenge over on The Sisters of Craft Blog.  Don't forget to check the blog to see if you won last month. 

This month we are being sponsored by Ditzie Digi Designs, and I must say their designs are some of my favourites.   



For my DT project this month I have used Retail Therapy, I thought she would be perfect for a shopping list pad.

I have used Anna Marie Designs kraft card for the front cover and Anna Marie Designs black card for the back cover.  The front cover is stamped using a script stamp from Creata using Rich Cocoa Memento ink.

I used the following Graph It markers to colour Retail Therapy; Hair; 3120, 3125, 3140, 3170, Skin; 4120, 4125, 4135, 4150, 4170, Bag; 9405, 9407, Eyes; 2130, 3245, Top; 6110, 6120, 6140, 6175, Trousers; same as top plus 9501.

 
I attached a piece of Creata purple ribbon using Cosmic Shimmer glue between the two covers, the bow is also from Creata.

The image is adhered to the cover with Pinflair glue. The inside pages are made from copier paper and are stitched together with invisible thread (yes really!).



Please come and join the crafty fun at The Sisters of Craft Challenge.  The DT love seeing all your different creations.

I would like to enter this in to the following challenges;
613 Avenue Create - #91 Anything Goes http://avenue613.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-91-anything-goes-woptional.html
Artistic Inspirations - #111 Anything Goes http://artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-111-anything-goes-cooking-or.html
Crafting at the Weekend - #6 Anything Goes http://craftingattheweekend.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-6-and-new-design-team.html

Crafty Blessings. x

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Hootenanny Yule Card

I'm just back from a week in Scotland, I do hope you enjoyed my two scheduled posts that I set to go live whilst I was away.  :-)

This image is from DigiStamps4Joy and is called Two-Wit-Twooo.  I used the following Graph It markers; Owl 1 Hat; 5220, 5245, 5250, Eyes; 2110, 2120, 2130, Feathers; 9201, 9203, 9205, Owl 2 Hat 2; 8270, 8280, 8290, Eyes; 2130, 3120, 3125; Feathers; 1280, 2105, 2130, 9405, Beaks; 2120, 2130, Bow tie; 5245, 5250, Shadow around tree hole; 7105, Tree; 310, 3150, 3160, 3170.

I used some Fluffy Stuff on the owl's hats.  The topper is then mounted on to black Anna Maria Designs card.

The base card is from Creata (the choice of pattern inspired by my Scottish holiday) as is the crocheted ribbon.  The sentiment is from my stash, I have tinted it with Tim Holtz Forest Moss Distress Ink.



I would like to enter this in to the following challenges;
DigiStamps4Joy - Monthly Christmas Challenge Sept 2014 - http://digistamps4joy-sa.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/monthly-christmas-challenge-september.html


Crafty Blessings. x


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Faery Ink Facebook Contest

There is a great contest happening in the Facebook Faery Ink Group.  Here is my inspiration using the Honey Latte image. 

I have used the following Graph It markers; Skin, 4120, 4125, 4170, boots, 5140, 6150, 9407, Button, Gold shaker Hair, 3120, 3125, 3140, Lips, 5130, Eye shadow, 9401, Mug, 7240, 7250, Jumper, 5220, 5245, Scarf, 1250, 1280, Chocolate 3245, Jeans, 9100, 9101, 9102, 9103, 9104.

I decided to make another Yule card, any excuse!  I have used Creata brown mirri card, Creata cardboard patterns 3 x 12 designs pad, Xcut four petal dies, Creata peel-offs, Creata Happy  Holiday stamps using Rich Cocoa Memento ink.  The whole topper is fixed to a pre-scored card.



 Crafty Blessings. X

Friday, 19 September 2014

Another review for August!

My second read for August was The Escape by Lynda La Plante.  I have never read one of Miss La Plante's novels before or seen any of the TV programmes, I don't know why, as I love a story full of suspense.  This Quick Read certainly has me craving more from this expert storyteller. 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
3rd February 2014

Is a change of identity all it takes to leave prison?
Colin Burrows is desperate. Recently sent to prison for burglary, he knows that his four year sentence means that he will miss the birth of his first child. With his wife's due date fast approaching, he had hoped that the prison authorities would allow him to be present for the birth, but they have said no.
Sharing a cell with Colin is Barry Marsden. Unlike most of the inmates, Barry actually likes prison life because he has come from a very difficult family and been in and out of a series of foster homes. In prison, he has three meals a day and he has discovered a talent for drawing. So he is upset that he will have to leave on parole soon.
Sad to see his cellmate looking depressed, Barry hatches a plan to get Colin out of jail for the birth. It's a plan so crazy that either it will fail and get both men in deeper trouble, or it might just work.
Bestselling author Lynda La Plante's exciting tale of one man's escape from jail is based on a true story.


I didn't expect to really care about the characters (I guess I pre-judged them because they prisoners), but Barry is so childlike that I felt sorry for him, and Colin is so desperate not to miss the birth of his first child that I was willing the plan to work. 

The plan for Colin's escape is rather ingenious, although I doubt it would work today.  It's no surprise that the plan is Barry's idea, he certainly isn't a mastermind but it is Barry's rather naive view of the world that leads him to believe that anything is possible.

Barry and Colin are the books only two main characters, everyone else is very much on the periphery but integral to the story.  Miss La Plante uses Barry and Colin's relationship to drive the plot forward at a great pace without the story feeling rushed.  The Escape is fast paced and thrilling.  There is also a rather dramatic change in circumstances towards the end which I really wasn't expecting, but I don't want to give away a plot spoiler so you will just have to pick it up and read it.

9 out 10 KDS points.

My read for September is the second novel by Joanna Sheen & Julia Wherrell based in the beautiful fictional village of Swaddlecombe in Devon.  You can read my review about the first novel here.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

August's Review

As you know August's choice was Rules for Dating a Romantic Hero - Harriet Evans, published by Pocket Star, 6th January 2014.  The title really does say it all.  This book doesn't pretend to be anything other than a quick, easy chick-lit style read. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read, pour yourself a cuppa and put your feet-up for a few hours, and just relax. If you can't tolerate chick-lit on any level then this book is absolutely not for you, but then that should be fairly obvious from the title!

It is quite clever that Miss Evans has managed to squeeze this little book full of all the usual rules followed in a romantic tale.  I wasn't particularly fond of Laura as a character but I did enjoy the story.  There is an interesting little dynamic with Laura and Nick's family.  I'm not sure I could have stuck around if their were my other half's family, I found one of his sister's particularly rude, and I feel that Laura really should have stood up to her, but I guess there isn't really enough time to explore this relationship in a quick read.

7 KDS points.


There is no September choice photo as I have a further August read to review.  Instead I thought I would share this photo I took of all these lovely berries I spotted on one of my early morning walks with my Newfoundland , Fergus. 

Blessings. x

Monday, 15 September 2014

Faery Ink New Releases!

Today the very talented Amanda Byron has some new releases in the Faery Ink shop

I have used Halloween Kitty Cutie.  I have coloured her in Graph It markers, using the following colours; Tail; 1250, 2120 Leg Warmers; 1250, Paws; 9501, 9502, Skin; 4120, 4125, Nose & Lips; 4135, Muzzle & Ears; 4125, 4150, Eyes; 8280, 1250, Pumpkin; 1210, 2110, 2120, Hair; 5115, 5120, 5125, 5130, Top; 9501, 9502, Skirt; 9100, 9101.



The Happy Halloween doily is cut from Creata copper silky card stock on Silhouette Cameo, along with the spider which is cut from Anna Marie Designs black cardstock.  The first mat is Creata Purple Mirri card and the background is Creata A5 pattern cardboard.  The bow is handtied using Creata organza ribbon.  I have finished it off with Craftwork Cards Candi on the four corners.

Close-up
Do pop over to the Challenge & DT blog to take a look at the DT's cards using the other new releases.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything goes and include a handmade bow - http://craft-deebowz.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/september-challenge.html
Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes - http://craftingattheweekend.blogspot.co.uk/
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes - http://craftcreatoins.blogspot.co.uk/p/new-challenge.html

Crafty Blessings. x