Saturday, 17 February 2018

Simply snowdrops


Our new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge is Spring flowers. I decided to go for something different from cute for my DT card and used this lovely simple snowdrop image from Pink Gem coloured with Copics. Not too much to colour but I don't know if you can see the subtle colouring on the snowdrops as I didn't want to leave them completely uncoloured. I used MFT inside and out stitched rounded square dies and MFT stitched scalloped border die. The sentiment samp is from LOTV. I thought it looked a little plain so used a pearl pen to add some interest to the image.

I would like to enter this into the use a diecut challenge at Simon Says.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Lovely lady


We were so pleased that our first time selling on our own at the hospital shop was a great success, better than we hoped for and February isn't the best of months for customers buying so onwards and upwards I hope. I haven't had a lot of crafting time this week, and most of what I have been doing lately I can't sure with you as it was a magazine commission and something new for LOTV. Being out all day Monday, seeing my Mum yesterday and supporting our friends through their bereavement hasn't left time for much crafting to share. 

So on Wednesday evening I popped into the craftroom for a while and used a Hunkydory topper to make a 7x7 card. I won a whole book of toppers and whilst many of them didn't appeal I kept some which did including this lovely lady.  The paper and sentiment are LOTV, lace from crafty Ribbons, flowers from Wild Orchid. I also added some cheesecloth from The Ribbon Girl and a wooden birdcage along with Viva pearl pen dots.

I would like to enter this into the favourite way to add a sentiment challenge at As you like it.  Although I do love diecut sentiments my favourite and most used sentiments are stamped, sometimes onto the image particularly for cas cards but mostly as a separate embellishment, adding interest to the card.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Love Florida


Those of you who have been visiting me for a while will know that we have been to Florida several times in the Winter. Before we went in January 2017 we had made a decision that would be our last trip to the States. We have had some wonderful holidays there, have been to New England in the fall 4 times and also had breaks in Washington and New York.  Every year it gets more expensive and we don't really feel we want to do the long haul flights anymore. The worst is the overnight flight home. However never say never and we may change our minds. If we did it would probably be to New England but who know what the future holds as I said in yesterday's post.

So I have several American scrapbooks on the go and this is the first page of our exploring Florida scrapbook. I have another scrapbook just for Orlando and the theme parks. I do love using a sketch as a starting point and Stuck?! always have good sketches to follow. This is 1st September sketch.  The picture is actually a postcard.  Looking through my scrapbook papers I found this perfect paper in the Kaisercraft Salty Kisses pad.  The title is from a Virgin holidays leaflet. I added a wooden camera embellishment from The Works, some Scrapinec wooden shapes, wooden heart, Tim Holtz hand pointing and some other bits from my scrapbook supplies.

I have only managed 2 scrapbook pages so far this year so must try to do more as I love making them and have so many photos ready in albums waiting to be used.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Another motorbike


I have another of the new LOTV vintage precoloured simply print cards to share today.  Distressing works really well with these images so I distressed the edges of the old Bo Bunny papers. I do love using banners on cards and these large images really don't need lots of embellishing. The words are from a Tim Holtz chitchat pack.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Birthday present


Another card created with MFT goodies apart from my favouroie Go Kreate frilly squares 10 die.  This is another of the Bitty Bears coloured with Copics. I used MFT Sweet Sunshine papers, banner die and my new peek a boo heart die.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK celebrations 
Favourite sitching (mine is stitched dies, great on cas cards like this adding just a bit of interest)

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Magnets


This morning we shall be off to the hospital to set up the retail unit ready for tomorrow.  This year we are trading on our own so fingers crossed it goes well. I have been busy making lots of extra stock to fill it and here are a few of the magnets I have made. Cats and dogs are always popular images so I bought some wooden ones from Ebay and added wooden hearts and lettering. The Home sentiment is from Inkylicious.  I buy the wooden coasters from MDF Craft Supplies and cover them with paper and add magnetic strips to the back.

We had some devastating news on Saturday morning. Our best friends' 40 year old daughter was rushed into hospital late Friday night, had a blood clot on the brain causing a heart attack and she died. You never know what is going to happen in life so make the most of it and enjoy yourself. She certainly did and packed more travel into her life than most people do in a lifetime. She had visited every American state, some more than once. Very sad that she is gone.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Guest Designer


Pink Gem are sponsoring Crafty Friends challenge and I am delighted to be sharing a card I made as a guest designer for their challenge Love Is in The Air. If you enter and you include a heart on your card then please enter or challenge of have a heart at A Gem of a Challenge.

Image - Pink Gem love mice
Medium - Copics
Paper - Tilda
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Punch - MS fern
Sentiment - LOTV
Dies - MFT cross stitch square and Lawn Fawn stitched circle

Challenges
Creative Inspirations love is in the air 
Allsorts love is in the air 
Simon Says it must be love 
Dies R Us for the one I love 
Paper Shelter for the one you love

Friday, 9 February 2018

Christening Balloon


I was asked to make a Christening card with a hot air balloon for he latest Papercrafter magazine and the MFT up, up and away set came to mind. I used MFT papers and paperpieced the balloon, colouring the cat with Copics. I am so glad I bought the dies to go with these stamps. The bunting was diecut with a MFT fringed scalloped border die, the sentiment is from Stamposaurus. 

Challenges
Allsorts spots and/or stripes 
Noor! Design UK celebrations

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Ski-sons Greetings


I can hardly believe I have used this stamp already as I only bought it at Thetford the Sunday before last. Other stamps sometimes sit there for months. I wanted to make a Christmas card as I haven't made one for a couple of weeks so out came the Copics and I coloured up this cute MFT bears to match the Bo Bunny Altitude papers. I also paper pieced one of the jumpers, used the MFT stitched mountain range dies and fussy cut the bears as I didn't buy the dies. The hat and sentiment come as part of the set along with a smaller leaping bear and several sentiments. I added a layered MFT snowflake cut with aqua glitter paper.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Launch Day


Today is launch day for these fabulous vintage precoloured digi toppers from LOTV. There are 4 PDF sheets for each image, each sheet having different sizes. I have used the smallest ones on my cards today. These are designed to be like the old cigarette cards. For my first card I used MME simply chalk paper and a Joy bunting die.


For this one I added a sticker from my scrapbook stash and some punched stars. The paper is from my oddments pile.  I would like to enter this one into the spots and/or stripes challenge at Allsorts.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Row of bears



Lots of MFT products from Dies to Die For on my card today. I love these bitty bears and they are the perfect size for my new triple peek a book die. They have been coloured with Copics and I used one of my new paper pads I bought last Sunday, MFT sweet sunshine. The sentiment is from the stamp set and I also used a MFT Western star die and used 3 of the waste stars.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes
As you like it favourite stitching ( I love doodling faux stitching but my most used are stitched dies, they are so much more interesting than plain dies.) 

Monday, 5 February 2018

Pretty boxes


Some more of my boxes ready for my first hospital shop next Monday. I bought a new colour Rustoleum chalk paint, coral. It show up its true colour on the heart box on the left, such a delicate peachy pink. I add ribbon, lace and flowers and butterflies on the larger boxes. They sell well particularly the smaller and heart boxes.

We had a night away at Potters last night to see a 60's show.   We  really like it there, activities, good evening meal and wine included and will be looking forward to breakfast there this morning and maybe some activities, often a quiz in the mornings, before heading home.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

More butterflies


An Anniversary card made for a friend using another of my embossing folders. This time i used it with Core'dinations and sanded it to show the core. I added some Joy butterflies, pearl hearts and a LOTV sentiment.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Anniversary Mice


Our new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge is Have a Heart. As long as we can see hearts on your design somewhere your entry will qualify. I have hearts on everything on my card!

Image - Pink Gem Valentine Mice
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition Sweet Nothings
Die - MFT inside and out stitched rounded square
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Other - wooden hearts

Challenges
As you like it favourite stitching ( I love doodling faux stitching but my most used are stitched dies, they are so much more interesting than plain dies.) 
Simon Says anything goes 
Noor! Design UK celebrations

Friday, 2 February 2018

Playing the flute


So yesterday I decided to have a play around with my blog settings.  It has been a few years since I changed the background and my previous background was from Shabby Blogs website. Every time I go into my blog on the laptop my antivirus tells me their certificate has run out and asks if I want to continue, There doesn't seem to have been anything posted on their website for a few years so I decided to remove the background and use a simple one from Blogger instead. It took me a while to work out how to do this but I am very happy with the result. I also put all my magazine logos onto a separate page and then played around with some of the colours of links etc.  It was good to remind myself how to do it all.

The new Crafts Beautiful magazine was published yesterday and I was delighted to make this pretty Mother's Day card for them. The image is from LOTV and is coloured with Copics. The papers are First Edition sweet nothings and I used Joy butterfly and flower dies.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes 
Noor! Design UK celebrations

Thursday, 1 February 2018

All aboard for another sneak peek


Another of the new LOTV precoloured simply print digis launching on 7th Feb. These are such great images and come in several sizes. I used one from the sheet with 4 images, distressed the edges with DI Vintage Photo and a distressing tool. The paper is Amy Design Vintage Vehicle again and the tickets were from my scrapbook stash.

I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at Simon Says.