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.

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

Friday, 12 September 2014

Faery Ink Inspirational Post

Today it's my turn to share my first inspirational post for Faery Ink.  I hardly needed an excuse to use a Halloween image, especially as it is only days away, so I have used Frankie's Bride.  Personally I think she looks very glamorous if a little peaky!

The Graph It markers I have used are; Hair, 6110, 6120, 6130, 6140, 6175, Beads & earrings, 9501, Silver Shaker, Lips, 7140, Eyes, 5215, Flowers, 5110, 5115, 7105, Skin, 7210, 8110, Dress & Veil, 6290, 9407 Lightening, 7175.

The cardstock is Anna Marie black card.  The brickwork is made from Creata classic silky card using Creata Billie's Stones cutting and embossing dies. The flowers and brad are from my stash as is the tiny gem decorating the screw in Frankie's Bride's neck!  I have also used Creata purple and black mirri board to mat and layer.  I have used Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink on to Creata white metallic card and Creata peel-offs to create the foliage.  The spiders web is made from webbing - Ha!.

I left this free from a sentiment as I think it could be a Halloween card, a Wedding card for a Gothic themed wedding or maybe an October birthday card.

I hope you are feeling inspired, I would love to see your creations using Faery Ink images so be sure to share them on the Faery Ink Facebook Group page.

Items used.
Crafty Blessings. x

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Faery Ink Challenge

Greetings Dilettantes,

Today is the start of the first challenge over at Faery Ink, the theme is Fairy.  Here is my inspirational DT project.  The image is called Faery Fionna and you can get her in the Etsy Shop

I worked this card backwards, designed the card and then colouring the image.  I think in some ways this was easier, as it was a great deal quicker to pick out my pens to coordinate with the backing papers than rifle through my extensive stash of papers trying to find colours to coordinate with the image!

The base of the topper is Anna Marie Kraft card, red & gold paper.  The backing paper is from my stash, as are the string, ribbon & brad.  The poinsettia flowers are made using Visible Image stamps and Tim Holtz Festive Berries & Forest Moss distress inks.

I have coloured Fionna in Graph It markers; Skin 4120, 4125, 4135, 4150, 4170, Dress 8270, 8280, 8290, Wings 7105, 7210, Lips 5245, Waistcoat 5215, 5220, 5245, 5250, 5270, Hair 3140, 3170 Eyes 3245, 8120, Flowers 1250, 5245, Buttons & Necklace Gold Shaker. 

I printed Fionna twice, shaded the bottom image with Tim Holtz Festive Berries distress ink, and then cut the second image minus the fiddly bits, so you still get the full image but I didn't have to fussy cut the tendrils.

Why not come along and join us, all the Faery Ink DT members look forward to seeing your entries.
Crafty Blessings. x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Halloween Puppy

It's only 58 days until Halloween so I thought it was time I shared another spooky cute card!  This image is from Stamping Dragon Design.  I used the following Graph It markers; 1230, 1250, 1280, 2105, 2110, 2120, 3120, 3125, 3140, 3190, 8280.

The base card is Creata green metallic card, the next layer is Creata Anthracite coloured Classic Silky A5 card.  I feel it's time for a little lesson here, as I was ignorant to this colour, so I did some research and it's a type of mineral similar to coal, makes sense as it does have a greyish tone and a sort of gold sparkle to it.  Moving on...the corners and flourishes are from Creata Patterned paper and Copper coloured Classic A5 paper.

The image is mounted on foam pads and the whole topper is mounted on a pre-scored card.

The sentiment is written with a White Graph It marker.

Crafty Blessings. x

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Faery Ink - I made the DT!

I have more exciting news, I made the Faery Ink DT, if you missed my post applying for a position you can read it here.

To celebrate I'm sharing this card I made using Faery Princess Boots Queen.  The image is coloured with the following Graph It markers; Hair; 1210, 1230, 1250, Dress, Boots, Tiara, Wand; 5110, 5115, 5120, 5125, 5130, 5140, Skin; 4120, 4125, 4150, Necklace; 2130, gold shaker, Shadow; 7105, Eyes; 7110.

I have used pink mirri card, peel-offs, patterned paper, Heart Stamps set (stamped with clear ink and embossed with pink powder) & flowers cut using Joy! all from Creata.  The sentiments and gems are from my stash.  The bow is made from Creata paper using a bow template that came free with a crafting magazine.

I hope you like my pink on pink card which I will be selling to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care and the Macmillan Unit at the local hospital.

The Faery Ink Challenge will be starting this month, don't forget to take a peek at the blog so you can enter your creation.  My teams and I will all be sharing an inspirational post a little later in the month.

You can visit the Facebook page here.

You can also join the Facebook Group.

Purchases can be made from the Faery Ink shop.

Crafty Blessings. x

Monday, 1 September 2014

DT Project - Sisters of Craft September Challenge

So I have some very exciting news which I have had to keep secret for a few weeks, it's been torture!  I have been asked to be on the DT for Sisters of Craft challenge blog, of course I jumped at the chance and said yes!  So pleased as it's such a lovely bunch of crafty sisters and an honorary male sister too!

On to my crafty make to give you some inspiration.  We (the sisters) have been very lucky and been able to use unique digi images from Vince Price, you can see Vince's images here.

Vinces Blog

The image is printed on Crafter's Companion printable acetate and I have coloured it using Sharpies permanent markers. 

As Christmas is now only 4 months away (panic!) I have made a Christmas decoration/window hanging.  The wreath is made using Creata cutting & embossing die feathers set 1 & 2 from Creata Metallic card, and finished off with silver ribbon from my stash.  Everything is adhered with cosmic shimmer glue.

Anything goes on the Sisters of Craft blog challenge, so no matter what your craft is do come along and share it with us.  I'm looking forward to seeing your beautiful and unique creations.

Crafty Blessings. x