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Tuesday 29 June 2010

House mouse Challenge and one for Simon Says

Well, apart from some overnight rain, the weather is still wonderful and sunny, and although I still enjoy being out in the sunshine, I feel I can spare a little 'time out' to make a card or two.
We were at a friend Wedding at the weekend and although I did make the card, I did a repeat of the tent card that I did for my son's Wedding Anniversary in April and just changed the sentiment - so not too much to think about there!

Yesterday, being a damp start, was an ideal opportunity to make this card for the House Mouse challenge.

The theme is 'new' and apart from this being a new stamp, its also a new baby! The image is so cute, and although this one is for a girl, I will also be doing one for a boy as my daughters friend is having a baby in the autumn, so she can use either one!
The papers are leftover scraps (just enough to make the card) and I have used a MS embossed scallop punch. Non of my little versa inks seemed the right colour for the sentiment, so I ended up using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and quickly heat embossed with silver pearl, quite a good match!

I cut the image with the nestabilities Large Scallop Circle, and embossed the edges with a large embossing tool for a more defined line than the embossing mat gives, (I saw this tip on Ikki's Cuttlebug cupboard - this lady is just brill, she has some wonderful ideas and tips for Cuttlebug, Nesties etc.) I then chalked the edges. I don't think you can tell in the photo, but I added glitter flock to his tail, well you've got to have a fluffy tail!

This card also fits in with the challenge at Simon Says, good to do 2 inh 1!

Thanks for looking


Wednesday 23 June 2010

3 Cards in One

What gorgeous weather we are having, too nice to be inside - well you don't really know how long it will last and it would be a shame to miss it!
Tonight was a bit chilly after tea, so a good excuse to make a card - not that I normally need an excuse. I had done my homework (checking out the challenges)earlier in the week, and have done 1 card for 3 challenges, make that 4 cause if also fits in with the Simon Says Challenge!

Penny black - Travel
Papertake Weekly - Sketch
Creative Crew - An Easel card
SimonSays Challenge - Friends

I have used 'Fly Away' image from Penny Black, which I have had a couple of weeks but its the first time I have used him, I used the sentiment that came with him in the 'Slapstick' pack.

The sketch on Papertake weekly was a nice one to follow but couldn't make my mind up between corners or brads or, which ones to use - how hard is that! It was easy to make into an easel card with the matching smaller check paper in the Blueberryhill paper pack.

Well I wonder if it will be nice again tomorrow?

Thanks for looking,


Saturday 19 June 2010

House mouse challenge

I have been trying to get this card done all week! I think its the fact that the weather has been so nice and its so tempting to be in the garden all day (whether busy or not!) Today has been quite cold and windy, so a great opportunity to finish this card. The House Mouse challenge finishes on Sunday night so I think I am just going to have time to enter!
The theme was 'sweet' so I have used 'make a wish' you can see all the effort going into blowing out the candle!! I have had the spotty paper for ages and don't know who made it, the 'cupcake' paper was a little gift from my 'crafty friend' Diane. I used a thick tacky glue on the cupcake before glittering, to give some texture to the icing, but you cant really tell in in the picture. The flower was made with my new Marianne Creatables, it is fab! I love the fact that you can emboss the petals. I didn't use the leaf that came with the set, thought it was too big for this card, so used a leaf punch instead.
Better hop over to House Mouse blog and enter this card quick.

Thanks for looking.


Monday 14 June 2010


I received my first blogger award today - thanks Katina.

Now I have to tell you 6 fibs and one truth about myself. Can you guess which one is the truth?

1. I have 10 children
2. I don't like red wine
3. I don't like chocolate
4. I don't like shopping
5. I enjoy walking
6. I enjoy going for 5 mile runs
7. I have a great sense of direction

I now have to pass this on.

Making up for lost time

Well, after no posts in 2 weeks, 2 in one day!

I have made a card for Lili of the Valley Challenge following a sketch by Dawny P, which was really good to work with, and used my 'Lazy Afternoon' stamp. This little man looks so chilled out! I have coloured him with Distress Inks and the papers are MME Wild Asparagus. The sentiment is computer generated - great when you don't have the right words!

I am also entering this card in the ABC Challenge - Weather - and A Spoonfull of Sugar's Challenge - Sunshine inspired card (it certainly looks nice and warm on this stamp!).

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Where does the time go!

I can't believe its 2 weeks since I last posted a card! in fact I've only just made one, I have been having withdrawal symptoms the last couple of days(or it might just have been one of those horrible summer colds).

The card I did make, but have just got round to uploading, was for my daughters friend, who has just moved into her first home.

I only have 1 'new home' stamp which is really only suitable for the inside of a card, and in the past have made a little 'patchwork house' cut from craft cottons.
I have been looking at buying a 'birdhouse' type of new home stamp, but as yet haven't seen the right one, so decided to have a 'play' and came up with my own paper option. I think it looks quite sweet with the punched flowers. I inked the 'roof' to give it a bit of definition. The base card was run through the cuttlebug with a swiss dots folder and I trimmed about 3/4" off the front of the card to show the punched flowers up the side.

Well now that I am feeling better, I think I will take a look around 'blogland' and find out what challenges I can enter and get the creativity going again!

Thanks for looking


Tuesday 1 June 2010

House mouse & Friends Blog hop

I have been trying to find time all week to make this card, what with daughters visit last week and then catching up with 'normal' things like housework, and a busy Bank Holiday I thought I might miss this challenge, and what a shame that would be with such prizes to be won!

The theme is Goodbye. I have used my favourite HM stamp 'Fancy Pants', she is so versatile, and so girlie! I have gone for a purple theme with Papermania's Capsule Collection for the background and then some matching card stock embossed with Devine Swirls. I didn't have purple glitter card, so made my own with d/side tape and the same glitter I used for her bag and shoes. Again I just had to give her a 'pearl' necklace. The flower is one of the Marianne flower dies, which my crafting buddie Diane loaned me, thanks Diane!

Thats it for now, I better get on this blog hop before I run out of time!

Thanks for looking,