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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Love this new die!

Typical isn't it, just when I decide to write a new post my internet connection is so poor that I couldn't do anything. So I did my ironing instead!

I got a new Marianne die and I couldn't resist using it. These cards are quite simple but somehow it took ages to make the first one, the baby girl card. Probably because I spent time cutting out and embossing prams in white, pink and blue. I also cut out a few swirly corners in different colours.

I used :-
Pram :- Marianne die.
Swirly corners :- Memory box.
Blue corners :- punch.
Sentiments :- LOTV.
Flowers :- Tonic punches.
Card candi :- Craftwork Cards.
Glamour Dust, bakers twine, buttons, pearls and Spellbinders M-Bossabilities.

Not sure they've photographed very well but the embossing looks really nice in real life and I'm quite pleased with them.

I'd like to enter the following challenges :-
Paperplay :- Monochrome plus ribbon.
Creative Card Crew :- Ribbon.

Thanks for looking and I hope you've all had a good weekend. We've been very lucky and had lovely weather, windy and cold but sunny and bright. I know some of you girls south of the border have had horrible weather but at least it's good for crafting. Until Saturday the weather was quite unpleasant here too. Hope it's better next week for us all.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Totally Gorjuss 129 - Congratulations.

Good morning everyone. It's the weekend at last and I hope the weather's better than it's been this week. Rain, wind, cold, in fact just horrible!

But it's time for another challenge at Totally Gorjuss. We have a nice easy challenge for you this week. We'd like you to make a Congratulations card so that gives you plenty of scope. I've chosen to make a new baby card this week.

I used :-
Image :- LOTV die cut, cut out with a nestie.
Sentiment :- LOTV.
Embossed background :- Spellbinders M-Bossabilities.
Swirls :- Memory Box.
Flowers :- Tonic punches.
Card Candi :- Craftwork Cards.
Glamour Dust, pearls & Promarker.

Not sure if there are any challenges for this card as I've had it made for a week - early for once!! I'll check for challenges after work.

Simon Says Stamp :- Anything Goes.
Creative Inspirations :- Anything Goes.

I've taken a notion for embossing folders and die cuts recently so you can expect to see more cards in this style soon. Here's a peek of two I'm going to post tomorrow.

Thanks for looking and I'll see what everyone's up to this afternoon.

We're going to the theatre this evening. I decided on Tuesday that I'd order tickets for Saturday. Isn't it expensive?!! And we don't even go to the dear seats! We're going to see "The Steamie" at his Majesty's in Aberdeen. Scottish bloggers might recognise this as it's been on TV a few times. It was first performed 25 years ago but it's still really funny so I'm really looking forward to seeing it on stage.

Edited to add :- drat stupid blogger, this is the second week my scheduled post hasn't been posted on time! Grrrr....

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Christmas in April??!!!

Hi everyone from a very wet and windy Aberdeenshire! I'd like to stay indoors and keep warm but I know the dogs will want to go out before tea. Sometimes on my day off I'm not very early taking them out but I think I'll take them out early and get it over with!

Yesterday afternoon I was crafting with my friend and made a couple of cards. I thought it would be good to make a Christmas card for a change. I may have as many as three now lol!

I used :-
Image :- LOTV die cut.
DP :- MME.
Sentiment :- Craftwork Cards.
Snowflakes & icicle border :- Martha Stewart punches.
Glamour Dust, buttons, twine and gems.

I'm entering the following challenges:-
Papertake Weekly :- Sketch.
Winter Wonderland :- Buttons and Bows.
Christmas Card Throwdown :- Snowflakes.
Secret Crafter :- Inspired by a film - White Christmas.
Cute Card Thursday :- Animal Magic.

Well I'm off to make myself a nice cup of coffee and since it's my day off I'm going to have a KitKat.

Thanks for looking and I'll try to pop round some of my favourite blogs and challenges later.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Diamonds and pearls....

Yeah right, chance would be a fine thing! The diamonds and pearls are the theme at Lili's Little Fairies this week. I'm a bit late so I'll have to come back later and tell you what I used!

I used :-
Image :- LOTV.
DP :- Marianne designs.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Gems, pearls, lace and Nellie Snellen flower punch.

Other challenges:-
Stampin' for the weekend :- Sparkle and shine. Pile it on :- Sparkle and shine. Sketch Saturday :- Sketch.

Thanks for looking and I'll catch up later.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Totally Gorjuss 128 - Boys' Toys.

Good morning everyone and I think I'll keep this short. I had this post almost finished and then the whole thing vanished. Don't you just love this new layout for writing posts? Not!!

This week at Totally Gorjuss our theme is "Boys' Toys." We're sponsored by Heather's Hobbie Haven so don't forget to pop over there for a look.

I used :-
Image and sentiment :- LOTV.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
DP :- MME Everyday Flair.
Card Candi :- Craftwork Cards.
Button, twine, star punch & Sakura clear, glitter gel pen. Glossy Accents on lights.

I'll come back later to add the challenges I'm going to enter as it's late now (on Friday evening) and I'm too narked to write any more now.

Well so much for writing this up late last night so that I could schedule it for this morning. Thanks to this new Blogger it didn't post!

Here's my challenges :-
Cards for Men :- Spring Colours. Everybody Art :- Card for a man. Pollycraft :- Cute Critters. Paperplay :- Animal Antics. Fussy and Fancy :- Punches and dies. Bunny Zoe :- Ribbon or twine. Creative Card Crew :- Kraft.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you've got planned and I'll catch up later.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Totally Gorjuss 127 - Bling it on.

Good morning everyone and Saturday seems to have come round quite quickly this week. I've not been online much as I've been quite busy with my fundraiser cards. I've managed to do a bit of visiting my favourite blogs and kept up with my DT work but that's about it!

Anyway it's time for another challenge at Totally Gorjuss. This week our challenge is "Bling it on." We'd like to see some bling on your work. I think most of us like bling so feel free to use as much as you like!

Oops guess who forgot to say that we are sponsored by the lovely people at Crafters Companion. Smacked fingers for me!

Here's my blingy card.

I used :-
Image :- Hobby Art.
Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Glamour Dust, Sakura clear, glitter gel pen, pearls.

I'm entering the following challenges :-
St Lukes Charity Card Challenge :- Bling.
Pink Elephant :- Flowers.
Cupcake :- Spring is in the air.
Everybody Art :- Spring.
Crafty Creations :- Flower Power.
Cute Card Thursday :- Spring Flowers.

I hope it's a bit warmer this weekend than it has been the last few days. Still at least it's an excuse to stay in and craft.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you've got planned and I'll try to catch up later.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Totally Gorjuss 126 - Sketch.

Good morning everyone, I'm a bit late this morning because when I scheduled this weeks post I added the wrong card. When I realised and switched on my laptop to change the post my broadband connection had gone walkabout! So I decided to use my ipad but it wouldn't allow me to change the post as I wasn't connected through broadband! So I deleted it and hoped to have time to post this morning.

This week at Totally Gorjuss we have a lovely sketch for you to use. As usual for our sketch we are sponsored by the lovely Joanna Sheen.

And here's my take on it.

I used :-
Image & sentiment :- LOTV.
DP :- Craft Creations.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Flower punch, pearls and Glamour Dust.

I'd like to enter the following challenges :-
Papertake Weekly :- Anything goes, option monotone.
Simon Says Stamp :- Use favourite tool - Cuttlebug.
Totally Papercrafts :- Bingo - I used pink, glitter and pearls.

Now I'd best get a move on as I'm off to GJWTHF with Kath, Debbi and Anne.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the Easter weekend whatever you've got planned especially if you've got the day off on Monday. I have to work as our holiday is always the first Monday in April.

Catch you later.

Friday, 6 April 2012

It's me again!

Yes it's me again, twice in the one day! Not like me at all but I have another card for Less is More. As I said before I was really inspired by the photo inspiration this week. This card was made using the image I thought of first when I saw the challenge this week. This is the second attempt. If you know me you wouldn't be surprised if I told you that I put another card down on top of it forgetting about the wet, black Stickles flower centres!! I managed to get the image and mats off without any damage and added them to another card.

I used :-
Image and sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Colouring :- Promarkers.

I've got another four cards inspired by this challenge but I think that would be overkill, especially since the challenge closes in a wee while.

Thanks for looking, I'm off to schedule my Totally Gorjuss DT card, catch up with my commenting and visiting my favourite blogs as I'm out all day tomorrow at GJWTHF. I'm really looking forward to it!

I should really be cleaning but........!

I've just sneaked on here when I should be cleaning so I'd best make this short!

I was inspired by the challenge at Less is More and since I had a day off on Monday cos it was a local holiday I did some colouring after I'd made a couple of cards. I managed to get some crafting done yesterday and ended up making six cards. The photo inspiration and colours really inspired me.

So here's one of them.

I used :-
Image & sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Colouring :- Promarkers.

Thanks for looking and I'd best go and finish hoovering and cleaning the en-suite. What an exciting life I lead! Even better I'm working this afternoon. Can life get any better? Still I'm going to GJWTHF tomorrow, so that's something to really look forward to.

Catch up later. I might even pop back with another card!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Well it was ok in the end!!!

I made an Anniversary card for my friend last week. Somehow I managed to mess up the insert but as it turned out I had managed to make the card upside down! So I decided to make an easel card instead. Still managed to mess up though as I nearly posted it without taking a photo. Not sealed though so I used my phone to take a photo instead. Problem solved....... well no not really since I got that wrong too and it wouldn't upload! Luckily my friend lives locally and she brought the card round yesterday so I got my photo at last.

I used :-
Sentiment :- LOTV.
Hearts :- Martha Stewart punch and a small Woodware punch.
Flower :- Magnolia Doohickey die.
DP :- First Edition - Spring Drop.
Pearls, Promarkers and Glamour Dust.

I'm entering the following challenges :-
Dream Valley :-Wedding/Love.
The Pink Elephant :- Clean and Simple.

Well it's still really cold here and I hope the snow keeps going away. It was frosty first thing when I took the dogs out so the places that were wet yesterday were slippy today and the snow that was left was frozen. Not really the best situation when you're trying to hold onto two big, strong dogs!!

Thanks for looking and I really look forward to hearing what you think.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

"Born to Be Wild!"

Do you think this hedgie look as if he's "Born to Be Wild?" I think he does have a bit of a wild look in his eye!

I had a day off on Monday so I thought I'd get some crafting done. The challenge at Penny Black this week is "Sing a long." As soon as I saw this image I knew I could enter the challenge.

I used :-
Image :- Penny Black.
Music background :- Penny Black coloured with Distress Inks.
DP :- Craft Creations.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Card Candi :- Craftwork Cards.
Sentiment :- Hero Arts.

I'm entering the following challenges :-
Penny Black :- Sing-a-long.
Sir Stampalot :- Happy Birthday.
Joannsa Sheen Challenge :- It's a Man's World.
Cards For Men :- The Great Outdoors.

I had quite a lazy day yesterday. It was really nice just to play around with some stamps and just see what happened. I even got my DT card made for Saturday.

Thanks for looking and for any kind comments you have time to leave. I like to read what you think about my efforts!

Monday, 2 April 2012

Does Oliver like chocolate.....?

Silly question! Of course Oliver likes chocolate. I decided to make a gift bag for his little Easter eggs. I made the double pocket one from Splitcoast Stampers that I've made before a few times. The little eggs fit in it very well but not the bubbles. I forgot to say yesterday that I'd bought bubbles as well as Easter eggs as Poppy loves bubbles. I'm not sure if Oliver likes blowing bubbles but I expect if Poppy likes them he will too and if not she can have them.

I couldn't really make his gift bag to match his card as the DP on his card was only 6"x6" and I needed a piece of 12"x12" for the bag so I tried to use similar colours. I did use the same image though.

I used :-
Image :- Elzybells.
Colouring :- Promarkers.

As you can see from the photo below Oliver's bag doesn't really match his card except for the image! I don't suppose he'll mind, he'll probably only be interested in the chocolate!

I'm going to enter the following challenges with the gift bag :-
Paperplay :- Easter.
Totally Papercrafts :- Easter.
Charisma :- Easter.
Craft Your Days Away :- Easter.

I'm really looking forward to a day off today. Monday is not my favourite day to work, not because it's Monday but just because I have to work all day! This is going to be a good week for me time....I hope! Monday off, Wednesday my half day, Thursday my day off and Saturday a day off to go to Girls Just Want to Have Fun at the Papeterie. A day of fun and crafting with Kath, Debbi and Anne. Can't wait!!

Thanks for looking and any comments you have time to leave. I'm going to craft today and hope to catch up with your blogs tonight.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

I made an Easter basket!

I've already made my Easter cards for Poppy and Oliver and bought some little solid chocolate Easter eggs but I thought a gift bag would be nice. Auntie Mhairi is going to visit them on Wednesday so I thought that would be the ideal way to get their presents to them without them being wasted in the post. She came out yesterday to get her hair cut so I don't even have to take them to her. Since I don't have to worry about posting I thought I'd make a basket for Poppy's eggs. I saw a lovely basket on Brenda's blog and she had very kindly done a tutorial on it. Thanks Brenda it was really easy to follow, even for me!

I used my new inches Scor-Pal to make it. I won this on Jacque's blog. Jacque had amazing candy recently to celebrate having 4,000 followers (yes four thousand) and I was one of 10 winners. Thanks Jacque I love my prize. Jacque often has candy and her work is absolutely stunning. She is on several design teams and loves her Magnolias, among others! It's always a treat to visit Jacque's blog and see what she's been making.

So here's Poppy's Easter basket.

I used part of a LOTV stamp to match her card and coloured it with Promarkers and added some Sakura glitter gel pen to the butterfly. Don't be fooled by the fact that it looks as if there are lots of eggs in there cos they're sitting on top of some tissue so the photo looks nice lol!

I've already shown her card but here it is again to show how they match.

I hope Poppy likes her card and basket! I love this image it's really cute. I was quite pleased with myself when I managed to ink and stamp part of the image successfully. I usually mess up when I try to do something like this.

I'm entering the following challenges with the basket :-
Lili's Little Fairies :- Anything Goes.
Allsorts :- Photo Inspiration - I used Spring colours and Easter eggs.
Creative Card Crew :- Spring.
Cute Card Thursday :- Happy Easter.

I've made a gift bag for Oliver too so I'll show it to you tomorrow. I've got a day off tomorrow as it's a local holiday. Next week we have to work at Easter but hey a day off is a day off whenever it is, I'm not proud! Tomorrow I'm going to craft but tonight I'm going to catch up with my favourite blogs and my DT commenting. And of course my ironing. Not yet cos Mhairi is taking up a lot of space with her laptop and a box of cd she's putting on her ipod!

Thanks for looking and I appreciate any comments you have time to leave.