Monday, August 31, 2009

Christmas Popcorn

Good evening everyone

Just a very quick post tonight. This card has been a bit of a disaster since the start. It's had 3 lots of stickles because they kept getting smudged and 2 attempts to colour the image. It did have a Christmas Tree charm hanging from the ribbon but goodness only knows where that's disappeared to. I wanted to put some sewing on it but the plug for the sewing machine's disappeared and then when I went to put a few little snowflakes on, that box has gone walk about as well! Has anybody else got a house like ours? Since I'm definitely a more is more kind of person when it comes to embellies, I feel like it's only half done.

I've made this card with Popcorn the Bear for 3 challenges:

Papertake Weekly: Dawny P's sketch. I love her sketches; they're fabulous aren't they? You can do what you like with them and she doesn't mind.
One Stop Craft: Cute and Cuddly. Popcorn should be cuddly enough for this one.
Stamp Something: They want animals this week. I hope a teddy qualifies.

This is my card recipe:
Image: Christmas Popcorn the Bear by Crafter's Companion
Coloured with Distress Inks
DPs: Crafts House: Winter Wonderland - Winter Words
Cardstock: Cordinations
Ribbon - Anitas
Stickles: Red, Green, Baby Blue and a bit of Diamond Black on the notes but I don't think you can see it on the picture
Tools: Cuttlebug; Snowflakes emblossing folder

I think that's about it.

Suzanne has given me the Kreativ Blogger Award as well. Thank you. I don't know if I'll be able to think of 7 more "interesting" things to tell you about myself! I'll have to have a think and see what I come up with.

Thanks for looking.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Frillie Millie and an award

Hi everyone

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. It's our Jack's birthday today so we've had a nice tea party and a visit to the pictures to see G Force. Very over the top but funny. I didn't think Jack was ever going to stop chortling.

I've received a lovely award from our Kim - thank you. I've already agreed with her that I don't have to pass this on to 7 other people but the deal was that I do have to tell you 7 things about myself and she says I have to be truthful!

1. I love sport but football is my number one passion in life. I will argue with anyone about it and regularly do, especially where Celtic are concerned!
2. I love wildlife but especially birds. I adore birds of prey.
3. I can't abide back-stabbers, liars, cheats or people who feel big about making other people feel small.
4. I'm a terrible bookworm. I'm really into fantasy stuff but I absolutely love Harry Potter. I could almost live in that world, I get so lost in it (I think that's probably 2).
5. I can't swim or drive. I have tried to swim and I have sat behind a wheel once or twice but it didn't really work. To be honest, I couldn't safely drive a pig with a stick!
6. Although I have lived in Scotland nearly all my life and I am extremely patriotic (I'm a Scot through and through), I was actually born in the beautiful seaside town of Scarborough.
7. I am very interested in history - everything pre-dating the Victorians.

So, that's quite enough of the boring stuff. Onto the interesting bit - the card.

I was dying to use this little lady. She's Frillie Millie and she's a new download from Pink Petticoat. Isn't she just the bee's knees? And that little poodle! I haven't had time to do the inside of the card yet but I've got plenty of paper left so I'll do it later.

I can enter this card for the following challenges:
Passion for Promarkers: A Passion for Purple. I used all the colours this week.
Sketch and Stash: Sketch and new, unused or neglected stash. I used the sketch and my new piece of stash is my image and my neglected stash are the papers which I've had for about 7 or 8 years (I kid you not!).
C.R.A.F.T: which is embossing.
Allsorts: Digital - my image is a digi download.

This is my card recipe:
Image: Frillie Millie from Pink Petticoat
DP: Paper al fresco - French Heather by Paper Adventures
I'm not sure who makes the patterned one - it hasn't got a name on it
Cardstock: from stash
Coloured with Promarkers:
Aubergine (wee touches on the bows)
Pastel Pink
Flowers: Hero Arts, coloured with Promarkers
Buckle: Paper Mill Shop
Glamour Dust - I've given Fifi a big of bling as well. I think you can just see it.
Gems: Kanban Bling
Brads and ribbon from stash
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Tools: Cuttlebug and D'vine Swirls Embossing Folder

Thanks for dropping by.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hawaiian Tilda

Hello everyone

Jack and I have just watched Usain Bolt smash the 200 metres world record. How fantastic is that guy? I love watching sports people. I can't believe how much effort they put in - they are absolutely amazing and they give me so much pleasure.

This card is for my sister, Susan, for her birthday on Saturday. I'm going to tell her to stay off my blog until I've given her the card but I don't know if she'll be able to do it. When we were young she was the one that was always up at 4.00 am on Christmas Eve to see if Santa had been. All the presents were opened and then we would get back to bed for a couple of hours until she was up again! Although she's quite patient now, I don't think she's ever really been able to contain her curiosity. She's planning a Bar-B-Que for her birthday. It will probably pour down but she's got a big gazebo thingie in the garden that we can all hide under so it will be fine.

I can enter this card for 7 challenges:
C.R.A.F.T: Summer theme
Cute Card Thursday: Lazy Days
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge Blog: Blossoms (This is a brand new blog and the first ever challenge so check it out)
Lily of the Valley: Charms. It's the first time I've done this one.
A Spoonful of Sugar: Travel
Papertake Weekly: I've chosen Summer from their recent Seasons Challenge. You can choose anything you like from all their challenges ever because it's their birthday and they are celebrating so get yourself on over there. It's great.
Pink Elephant: Summer. It's my first time for this one as well.

I'm quite pleased with this one and I think Susan will like it. She loves hand-crafted cards and she's kept every card we've ever made her in a box.

This is my card:


My card recipe:
Image: Magnolia Hawaiian Tilda and Palm Tree
Coloured with Faber Castell Water Colour Pencils with Distress Inks for Tilda's face
DP's: Black Market Paper Society - Little Miss Smitten Lucky 'n Love
Coredinations Cardstock: Aqua and Cappucino
Flip Flop & Heart Charm, chain, brads, spacer and ribbon from stash
There's a little pin in the ribbon but I don't know if you can see it
Flowers: some punched from the same card and papers, some from stash
Cuttlebug and Labels 2

Hope you like it. Thanks for dropping by.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Winter Wonderland - Twas the Night Before Christmas

Evening all

Hope you are all well and had a good weekend. Just a quick post from me tonight. This is my entry for this week's Winter Wonderland for which the theme is "Home for the Holidays". This has been one of those cards! I had to do a long card for this one, which I'm not comfortable with but I like the wee mouse in his "house" and I didn't like the image on a square card. Then I wanted to put a charm on and I couldn't find the jump rings. Now it's photographed, I think it looks like it's missing something on the front. Perhaps it's just a sentiment or maybe it needs another flower?


My recipe:

Images: Elzybells - Don't know the wee mouse's name - sorry
Elzybells - The Night Before Christmas Sentiment
Coloured with Inktense and Watercolour pencils
D.Ps: K & Company - Green Starlight Printed Flat Paper
Green and Red Cardstock: QVC - from an old Christmas pack
Hero Arts Flowers
Red Promarker
Brads - Papermania
Spacers - stash
Ribbon - Anitas
Gems - Paper Adventures
Silver Glammer Dust

Hope you like my little mouse in his home - snug as a bug in a rug. According to Winter Wonderland, it's only 18 weeks to Christmas. I've only got 5 Christmas cards in my box so even if I make a card a week, I'll be nowhere near the number I wanted to be at. So much for the good resolutions, eh?

See you next time.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Lizzie with Muff for 4 challenges

Hi folks,

Hope you are all well. I'm having a good day. First of all it's the start of the new football season, wayhay!!! Thank goodness - I don't know what to do with myself at the weekends when there's no football on. I think I drive Suzanne nuts! We had a good win up at Aberdeen (don't suppose the Aberdonians will be pleased) so I'm delighted after the dismal performance by Scotland midweek. Then, it's wee Steven's 3rd birthday so we've been to his tea party. Don't know why Suzanne bothered doing the dreaded h*******k before everyone arrived; she just had it all to do again when they all left. Anyway, the wee one had a great time. I think he's got more toys than the Disney Store but he's a happy bunny so that's all that matters.

Onto the card. You will all be familiar with Lizzie with Muff. I've made this card for a friend's grand-daughter who's birthday is in the winter. I like to be organised! I think I can enter Lizzie for 4 challenges:

Passion for Promarkers which is Cocoa and Rose Pink
Whiff of Joy is Brown and Pink so that's handy
Stamp with Fun is Birthdays this week
Papertake Weekly which is a fabulous Dawny P sketch

By the way, it's birthday week over at Papertake Weekly next week and they are having a celebration so be sure to check them out. Their new challenge starts on Tuesday but you've still got time for this week's one as well.


Image: Lizzie with Muff - WOJ
Coloured with Promarkers:
Rose Pink
Blush Pink
DP's: Basic Grey - Sultry
Cardstock - Coredinations
Glamour Dust
Pink Gems - Kanban
Pink ribbon from stash (Woolworths!)
Brown ribbon/flowers/leaves - Hobbycraft
Ribbons Tags 2
Message - computer generated

I'm watching Steven and Jack now so I'm off to make the tea while they're occupied playing with wee Steven's new toys. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thanks for dropping by.


Sunday, August 9, 2009

What a bad blogger!

Hi everyone. I feel like I haven't been around for such a long time - what a bad blogger I am. I've been visiting your blogs and having a good look around but I haven't had time to make anything myself, we've been so busy visiting old castles and such like. We've even been camping this week - I haven't done that since I was in the girl guides! We've had a very nice week. The sun has been blazing down and we've been out and about every day and not getting in until late in the evening. Debbi (have a look at her blog - her stuff's lovely) gave me a tip to visit Dunnottar castle in Stonehaven. Well, our Jack's eyes nearly popped out of his head when he saw it. It looks like it's on a cliff in the middle of the sea but actually you have to go down 180 steps (believe me, I counted on the way back!) along a path and then up some more steps at the other side to get into it. The only other entrance is from the sea so it was a real fortress. The weather was great and the view from the castle was absolutely incredible - the sea was so clear. Who needs to go abroad when we've got places like this on our own doorstep? Jack asked the guy at the desk whether he had to climb up and down all those steps every day to get to his work! We've done loads of castles and stuff this last fortnight and the staff have been brilliant with the kids, the man at Blackness Castle was absolutely fabulous with Jack and Steven. Back to the grindstone tomorrow but I'm off again in September. We're off to Scarborough for a few days then and that's it until Christmas.

Onto the card. I'm not sure about this one, there seems to be something not quite right about it and I may have to change something before I part with it. I had done the pirate card for our Jack for his birthday but in his usual inimitable fashion, he "just happened to come across it, Gran", so I've had to make another one. I would have liked to have put the image on a mount but the horse is huge so I've cut it out instead and used foam pads to make it stand out. I found Charlie didn't look right when I masked him so I lopped his leg off and stuck him on the horse. Hope it doesn't just look like he's a bit legless! I can enter this for 3 challenges:

Papertake Weekly: Seasons - anything to do with seasons, colours, reminders etc. My favourite autumn colours are in here, reds and golds and browns, so that should be fine.
Allsorts: Vintage - I'm not sure if this qualifies but it's a medieval theme and it is "all sorts" so I'm going to stick it in and see what they say.
Crafty Challenges: Buttons - it definitely qualifies for this because the little castle and dragon are buttons

I wanted to enter the Whiff of Joy challenge because they are both WOJ stamps but I couldn't follow the sketch, the horse is too big. Never mind.

Images: WOJ - Horse and Knight Charlie
DPs: DCWV - Once Upon A Time - I cut an extra bit of edging and put it on foam pads to make it stand out
Coloured with Water Colour Pencils
Stickles: Silver and Frosted Lace
Corner from stash - embossed with gold embossing powder
Buttons: Craft-time - Dragons

That's it. Don't know how it took me so long!

Thanks for dropping by.