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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

You're a Hot Dog!

Good morning everyone!

I am having a couple of days off work, well-deserved if I do say so myself as I had a big deadline yesterday and made it, yay! Hubs is also off, so we are planning to take some day trips, weather permitting of course. It's looking fine now as I type this, but of course that doesn't necessarily have to last! We shall see :)

I wanted to share with you a card I made for the fresh Fab 'n Funky Challenge, the theme is For a Child. Lots of things you can do with this theme, perhaps a baby card, or a card for a boy or a girl. I went with the latter (more for a boy than a girl I think, but I'd like to stay open minded ;)) and made a fairly simple card. In my experience, children are not really into very elaborate card (which is great for me, as that's not my style anyway), but like something fun and clean. Say that's the style I went with for my card, using a cute Wiener dog. To add a bit of interest, I cut the buttom of the coloured paper and folded it back. I thought it was a fun technique, I am curious what you think! Anyway, come and join us if you can, we'd love to see your work!



Materials: 
* Kenny K Hot Diggity digi, coloured using Spectrum Noirs and Promarkers
* Hunkydory The Dog's Biscuits DPs
* Nellie Snellen's Multiframes Circles dies
* Marianne Design Eline's Vintage stamp
* Vintage Photo Distress Ink
* Around the Block Dog brad (It says: Go Fetch!)

Challenges: 
* Little Claire's (A Man's Birthday Card)
* Creative Moments (Anything Goes/Animals)
* Crafts 4 Eternity (Something Old) The papers were a gift many Christmases ago, the brads I once bought on a fair, but never used.
* Tuesday Throwdown (Furry Little Friends)
* Pinspirational Challenge (Inspirational Photo with a Dog and Cat)
* Crafty Creations (Dig Deep: Use Something from Your Stash)The papers were a gift many Christmases ago, the brads I once bought on a fair, but never used.
* Creatieve Zebra (Alles Mag)
* The Squirrel and the Fox (Anything Goes)
* Glittler 'n Sparkle (Use Something Metal) I've used a brad
* Creative Fingers (Anything Goes)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Welcome to Paradise!

Hi everyone!

Not a card from me this week, but I do have a scrapbook LO to share with you. I have recently been getting back to a bit of scrapping, keeping a journal of all the fun things we get up to every month and also some traditional LOs. This is one about our visit to Celtic Park in Glasgow last December. As Celtic plays in a green and white hoops strip, I tried to mimic this with my background. Parkhead or Paradise is what the Bhoys (or Celtic fans) call the stadium. I'm not a crafter who plans very much, I just do and see how things turn out. Sometimes that's a disaster (because I already stuck on some elements and can't change it around anymore) but it worked out pretty well this time. Hope you like this change of pace from me!



Materials: 
* White, Green and Black CS
* Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adage Ticket
* Anna Griffin Letters & Border stamp set, used with Forest Moss Distress Ink
* Darice photoframe embossing folder
* Footballer and football peeloffs
* SEI Christmas Mint Vanilla Icing Accents frame
* Pebbles Chips Black chipboard
* Star, brown & rhinestone brads from stash

Challenges: 
* Brown Sugar (Use a Banner)
* Pinspirational (Anything Goes)
* Crafts 4 Eternity (Anything Goes)
* Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge (Anything Goes)
* All Crafts Challenge (Anything Goes but No Cards)
* Mema's Craft (Anything Goes)
* Scrap Our Stash (Selfie & Pre-made Frame)
* Paper Wings (Anything Goes with Stamping)
* Fan-Tastic Tuesday (Anything Goes Rectangle or Square)
* Crafty Calendar (Anything Goes)

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Going to the Movies

Good morning all,

Well, they finally stopped work outside my window, so I can work in peace again. Unfortunately, now they will be painting all the offices, so I have to pack up my stuff very soon and vacate my work space. Will it ever stop? Probably just before the start of the new school year ;)

Anyway, let's talk of nicer things, how about the new Fab 'n Funky challenge starting today? My teamie Aurore has picked the theme "Inspired by a Movie". Can you guess my inspiration? It's A Christmas Carol. I really like the way this card turned out, using up some snippets of paper and ribbon that were lying around my crafty desk. Why don't you pick up some more inspiration from my teamies over at the challenge blog and enter our challenge this fortnight?



Materials:
* Studio Light Decoupage image
* Marianne Design Old Fashioned Christams & Papermania Bird Song DPs
* DCWV The Glitter Stack Bright CS (Behind the punched-out Stars)
* MS Doily Lace & Star border punches
* Marianne Design Jingle Bells stamp set & Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
* Brads & ribbon from stash

Challenges:
* The Squirrel and the Fox (Inspired by a Movie or Song) A Christmas Carol
* Left of Center (Christmas in August)
* Crafty Hazelnut (Reach for the Stars)
* Creative Card Crew (Christmas)
* Sparkles Forum (Christmas in July)
* Pixie Snippets Playground (Use up Snippets) Little pieces of ribbon & Glitter CS on the front, DP snippets inside
* Christmas Card Challenge (Embellish It)
* Glitter 'n Sparkle (Add Some Glitter 'n Sparkle) Glitter CS
* Mema's Craft (Anything Goes)
* Winter Wonderland (Anything Goes for Xmas)

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Five GOOOOOLD Rings!

Hi all,

Do you have that special crafty stash that you don't use, but just look at? Yep, me too; I have several  Graphic 45 retiring lines' pads that I bought on special but never got round to using as I kept taking them out and looking at the lovely images and felt bad for even considering cutting  it up. But not anymore, dear readers! I have actually made a card with one of my pads and I once I got started I thoroughly enjoyed myself :) I've used the Twelve Days of Christmas pad; I kept singing the song as I was crafting. As a matter of fact, it's still in my head! I am sure people who walked by our house this week were a bit puzzled to hear a Christmas song over and over again, as I didn't quite realise I left the window open....... Anyhow, my other Graphic 45 pad are for the chop now as well, no more hoarding ;)




Materials:
* Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas DP
* Reflections Black CS
* Vintage Berries Candi
* Nellie's Multiframes Circles
* MS Ribbon Threader border punch
* Marianne Design Stampfairy sentiment stamp
* Ribbon from stash

Challenges:
* The Squirrel and the Fox (Inspired by a Song or Movie) The 12 Days of Christmas
* Bloggers Challenge (Christmas in July)
* Christmas Card Challenge (Anything Goes)
* Creative Card Crew (Christmas)
* Sentimental Sundays (Christmas in July)
* Sparkles Forum (Christmas in July)
* Crafting for All Seasons (Christmas in July)
* Lexi's Creations (Christmas in July)
* Cute Card Thursday (For the Birds)
* Craftin Desert Diva's (Christmas in July)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Wild Thing

Hi all,

Boy, is it hot out here! In addition to that, they have been digging up foundations next to my work window for the last week, so I eventually fled home and am now working there. Still warm, but no more industrial interference, so a big step up in my book!

We are still on fortnightly challenges @ Fab 'n Funky, this week our theme was picked by the lovely Wends and it is "Walk on the Wild Side". Anything with wild animals or wild animal print will do! We are sponsored by Doodle Pantry, who provided us with some lovely image to work with for this challenge and is offering our winner a lovely prize. I decided to use some fresh colours together and feel it really worked for this challenge, what is your take on the theme going to be? Come share with us!




Materials:
Doodle Pantry Northern Outdoors digi
* DCWV the Green Stack DPs
* Reflections Black CS
* Sew Easy Pinecone Floss
* Scalloped Circle punch
* Studio Light Paper Leaves & Button
* Brads from stash

Challenges:
* Pause, Dream, Enjoy/PDE Linky Party (3 or more patterned papers)
* Fairytale Challenge (Use a Digi)
* Bearly Mine (Let's Go Digital)
* Cards Galore (Use a Stamp or Digi Stamp)
* Card & Scrap (Bright Colours)
* Creative Fingers (Anything Goes)
* Sister Act (Anything Goes)
* Penny's Challenges (Anything Goes)
* Pinspirational Challenge (Inspirational Photo) I was inspired by the forest
* Little Miss Muffet (Anything Goes)

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Summer Z-card

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Whenever I am about to make a card, I like to pick my husband's brain to get inspired. So when I told him this week's theme @ Fab 'n Funky was "Feels Like Summer", he said: Flowers. Who can argue with that? So I decided to go with a garden theme, using plenty of flowers and even a butterfly. I made Z-fold card this time, really fun to decorate 3 cards in one!



Materials:
* Studio Light decoupage and sentiment
* DCWV Glitter Stack Brights CS
* Docraft Country Companions & Basic Grey Olivia DPs
* MS Doily Lace & Picket Fence border punches plus rounded corner punch
* Memories Direct Paper Flowers
* Ribbon, gems, butterfly sticker and pearls from stash

Challenges:
* Natalie & Amy (Summer Time)
* Chocolate, Coffee & Cards (Summer Days)
* Fussy & Fancy (Summer Time)
* Card Mania (Circles)
* Scrapper's Delight (Anything Goes with Summer Time)
* Ladybug Crafts (Summer Flowers)
* AnMa Creatief (Bloemen)
* De Creatieve Zebra (Zomerse kaart zonder stempel)
* Creative Corner (Outdoors)
* Pile It On (Add Some Flowers)

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Baseball Birthday

Good afternoon all!

How is everyone doing? I'm pretty good, it's really great weather here at the moment, I'm steadily working my way through all things on my to do list and it's only two more days until the weekend! Life is pretty good right now :)

Although I have slowed down a little when it comes to crafting, I wanted to share a project with you that I made a while ago but never actually shared. It's a birthday card for my husband; he loves baseball and when we were in New York on holiday last month he managed to see two Yankees games which he absolutely loved. I joined him for one game, I went shopping the second time (there's only so much baseball I can handle). It was great fun though, even though the games last a pretty long time. So I am sure it comes as no surprise I attempted to mimic the Yankee's home kit on this card. I made a baseball out of a circle with some stitching, I think it turned out quite ok actually :)



Materials:
* Mayzy Art Baseball digi, coloured with Promarkers & Spectrum Noirs
* My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy True Blue & K&Co Peter Horjus Sports DPs plus some baseball themed DP from my stash
* TH Distress Tool
* Stars border punch
* Personal Impressions sentiment stamp
* Some red thread for stitching

Next week I will be back with a card for the Fab 'n Funky challenge; we are a biweekly challenge for the summer months but will be back in full force later on in the year!

Challenges:
* Creative Card Crew (Masculine)
* Crafts Galore Encore (Use a stamp or digi) I've used both!
* Emerald Fairies (Birthday)
* Shopping Our Stash (Red, White and Blue) I bougt the baseball paper about a century ago!
* Inky Impressions (Patriotic: Red, White and Blue)
* Pile It On (Outdoor Fun)
* Cupcake Inspirations (Celebrate & Inspiration Picture) I've ued the colour scheme
* Twisted Tuesday (Red, White, Blue and Stars!)
* Polka Doodles (Red, White and Blue)
* Bearly Mine (Let's Go Digital)