Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Conveyor Belt Crafting

Is it just me, or is Christmas almost upon us? Last time I checked it was September - where have I been and what have I been doing? Not making Christmas cards, that's for sure! I recall last year, I was patting myself on the back by the first week in November for having all my cards made and ready to be written. Let's just say, I'm not quite so organised this year - although I have finished my Christmas shopping, go me!

Anyway, I sat down last night and decided I needed to be able to make some cards quickly and easily, which still look pretty good. Here's what I came up with:

My lovely friend, Althea, sent me the rubber stamp a couple of weeks ago, so I've no idea who it's made by. It does stamp really nicely though. I've applied the inks with a makeup sponge (as you can probably tell.....) and added a bit of shadow to the buildings with a brown sharpie. The sand is made up of Brushed Corduroy and Wild Honey Distress Inks, and the sky made with Denim and Purple Twilight Adirondack Inks. The panel is then just mounted on some blue card and stuck willy-nilly on a white card blank. The best bit of all, I managed to make four in half and hour.....

Challenges for today:

Try it on Tuesday - Inky
Make it Monday #118 - Anything Goes

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Back from the wilderness....

.......The Blogging wilderness that is! Well, in theory anyway. This could be another once in a blue moon post, but maybe I'll surprise myself and be a dedicated Blogger again.

Anyway, my card making has been in the doldrums for the last few months (along with my Blogging!) and I've only really managed to make a handful of cards lately. Today's "treat" is an Anniversary card I made for a long married couple, who it's fair to be said, are getting on a bit. Although not quite as "on" as the couple on the front of the card! I just love the image (from Just Inklined) and I must confess I used the same image on their anniversary card last year as well! It's the only time I get to use the darn thing.....

I've coloured it in with my trusty Promarkers, and as it costs an arm and a leg to send anything remotely layered and frou-froued by airmail, it's just been mounted simply on card and contrasting BP.

Challenges for today:

One Stitch at a Time #142 - Anything Goes

See you again soon! Maybe.....

Friday, September 14, 2012

Christmas? Ha!

Can't begin to think about Christmas yet! It's only September! Oh, wait, I actually bought my first Christmas present today (not for myself either!). So, with that in mind I have also made my first Christmas card :)
I am a huge fan of the crafty magazines here in the UK, and the freebies are pretty good every month, and the two (yes, two) I subscribe to, inspired this card.
The first one I read had an article about Scandinavian style cards, lots of red and white stamping, which looked so effective. The second magazine came with a free set of Hot of the Press stamps, which I used to make a Scandinavian inspired card. I generally don't like mosts of the cards I make, but I do quite like this one, and it was very quick to make.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

50 Shades of Grey

Ok, so I bet that got your attention, didn't it? Well, I'm afraid to say, this is not a book review! I had a go at monochromatic colouring today (during my lunch break at work!) - needed a card for a soon to be teenager, and being the organised (yeah, yeah) person I am, I bought the digi last night from Kenny K, printed it off and took it to work today along with my entire horde of Promarkers. Just a little bit over enthusiastic though, as I only used 5 of them and a blender pen!
Must admit I got a bit confused with the whole thing when it came to the skin tone on his arms, let's hope teenage boys don't notice things like that.....

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Cupcake a day keeps the cravings at bay.....

Apparently it's Cupcake Day! Does it count that I made cookies yesterday? No, didn't think so. I must confess to being slightly in the crafting doldrums, again. I seem to find so much other randomness to waste my spare time on, and then notice I haven't done any cardmaking for days.

However I can confirm crafting did occur yesterday and whilst I can't show that card off yet, I can show off one I made "earlier" ;)

I made it for my friend's little boy, Finn, who's recovering from leukemia, and had yet another a hospital appointment for treatment, the image is a rubber stamp from the now defunct Angel Company, coloured in with Promarkers, and mounted quite simply on red and blue card stock. The sentiment was a quick self made digi. 

Hopefully, the crafting will continue!

Monday, July 9, 2012

I flunked the Steampunk class

I may have mentioned before that I suck at "vintage", well it turns out I pretty much suck at "steampunk" too! I'm not too concerned by this as it's probably not a style I will use often, but as it's hubby's birthday this week, I thought I may as well give it a bash.

The sentiment is a bit maudlin for a birthday card perhaps, but that's kind of how things are in the house at the moment - Hubby's BFF died suddenly two weeks ago at age 51, and Hubby is still reeling from the shock of it.

Anyhow, here's the card - the pocket watch, sentiment and hot air balloon stamps are all by Clarity Stamps, and they really are lovely to stamp with. Random ribbon, brads and paper from who knows where.....

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pink or Blue revisited....

Pink or Blue returns to my cardmaking shenanigans. So many baby cards, so little time.... This one just so happens to be a "Blue", and once again I'm late! Baby William was born on June 6th, but I figure his parents will be so delirious from lack of sleep and near poisoned from noxious nappies, that they won't notice.
I made another new baby card very similar to this a few months ago (didn't reach the old blog though) for a Grandma, and liked it so much I made another! The digi is definitely from Bugaboo  and he's been coloured in Promarkers. Background papers were magazine freebies from a Nitwits collection of papers, as were the hearts, one of which got stamped with "New Baby". All in all, very simple :)
Satisfied now, Pammie Lou? Two posts in 12 hours, I hope you noticed.....

Monday, July 2, 2012

Better late than never....

Sadly, this seems to be a phrase occurring more and more in my life when it comes to sending out birthday cards. I seem to spend far too much time playing Words with Friends and not enough time making cards (and blogging, for that matter!).
Tonight's card (or should I say "this month's card") was made (late) for my friend's daughter - her first birthday was a couple of weeks ago. Oh ok, I confess, it was 31st May, so it's really late. She's one year old, she's not going to know! She'll probably just eat the card anyway.
Anyway, back to reality - the digi was a freebie and it escapes me as to who drew it, I'm tempted to say it's bu Dustin Pike, but really it could be from anywhere so don't quote me on that!
Coloured in with my incredibly large collection of Promarkers (I really didn't buy all those markers, Dear, honestly.....) and mounted up with some freebie papers from one the the craft magazines from last year, the bunting included - it was a background paper so I just cut it out, and mounted it on 3D foam.
Just the one challenge today, and that's OSAAT - Use a Digi

See you in August! :D

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Pink or Blue?

Oddly (and I find a lot of things odd), it seems that nowadays when people speak about new babies they ask whether it's pink or blue, rather than whether it's a boy or girl, surely all new babies are kind of bright red and slimy? Or was that just mine?
One of the ladies I work with became a first-time Grannie last week, and then promptly went on holiday for two weeks (was it that stressful?), and the new baby is apparently "pink".
I took my time making a card for Grannie (well, she is sunning herself in Spain) and here's what I came up with:

The digi is from the nice lady at Pollycraft, who sadly, has decided to shut up shop on June 8th. I've used this digi before for a "blue" and it works marvellously well for either. She's coloured with Promarkers (which for some reason look a little orange in the photo, but they really were pink) and the star has been covered in Flitterglu and then gilded with flakes so it's lovely and shiny and very tactile. Other than that, very clean and simple, with just a piece of stripey paper behind.

A couple of challenges today:
Less is More - for a baby or child
Cute Card Thursday - a touch of sparkle
Pollycraft Monday Challenge - pinks, reds or creams

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Awwwww, shucks!

Despite being a notoriously bad blogger (everyone has to be notorious for something I think) the lovely Hotchpotch decided (for whatever reason) I am deserving of a block award! Go me!

I should point out that the rather large truck filled with different varieties of hot chocolate, tea and ice cream which is heading straight for Anne's house has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with me.

Liebster is a German word that translates to; dearest, beloved or in this case favorite. The idea of the Liebster Award is to give it to an up and coming blog with fewer than 200 followers. – in order to create new connections, and bring attention to their wonderful blogs.
Here are the conditions that go along with accepting the award;
  1. Thank the Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  2. Link back to the blogger who presented you the award.
  3. Copy and paste the Liebster Blog Award on your blog.
  4. Present the award to 5 bloggers who have a following 200 or less, who you feel deserve it.
  5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog

ahhh, of course I am completely unprepared for the last two, so we'll just call that a work in progress, and come back soon to see who gets the award!

Hair She Goes….

Ok, so who remembers The Laa’s? Great song, unfortunately it will be stuck in my head for the rest of the week now! The reason for the slightly obscure title (other than my titles generally are rather obscure. No wait, my whole blog is rather obscure. I digress.) is I am trying to get the hang of colouring hair.
I have immersed myself in many a blog post and YouTube video over the last few months, and everyone seems to do hair so differently! I have tried to do the thing where you leave a strip of white showing, but I really can’t get to grips with that, it just looks odd when I try it. This lovely lady was supposed to be a red head. Not quite happening, is it?

The image is one of the recent release by A Day for Daisies, called Poppies in My Hair. She's coloured with Promarkers and then die cut using a Nellie Snellen die I bought ages ago and seldom used. Not sure about the bling-thing going on in the corner, but it’s stuck down real well so I have no further choice in the matter!
The sentiment is stamped using another new purchase – someone had been using Flitter Glu on one of the Papercraft Planet forums, so I had to get me some. It’s a very tacky glue you can apply to rubber and clear stamps instead of ink, and then cover with glitter or gilding flakes (which come in the Starter Kit). Quite a few online craft stores in the UK are stocking the starter kit now, and it’s also available directly from IndigoBlu.
As far as challenges go just the one today and that is Passion for Promarkers - die cuts

Saturday, April 21, 2012

All About the Boy

So, small odd man finally turned three recently - he'd had enough of being two. I thought perhaps a birthday card was in order, along with copious amounts of cake, and set to with a lovely Mo.

Thar she blows.....

Coloured with Promarkers (of course) with the stripey paper being a magazine freebie by We R Memory Keepers.

Challenges for today:

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Spots or Stripes
Totally Gorjuss - Boys Toys

Thank you and Goodnight ;)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Time flies.....

Ok, so I'm a terrible blogger, yeah, yeah, yeah. Now tell me something I don't know...... Did you know you're 30% more likely to lose weight by dieting, if you eat porridge for breakfast? Talk about random.

Down to business - contrary to popular belief I have not been wandering lost and alone in a crafting wilderness, just a blogging wilderness. Not surprising then that I have a few cards up my sleeves (not literally, they are a bit pointy to keep up sleeves) ready for blogging over the next few ......(insert days/weeks/months/years as you feel appropriate).

Tonight's offering is a birthday card made for one of my small man's little friends, who had a birthday recently. The digi is adorable and is called "Noah plays Pirate in the Bath" by Sassy Cheryl, who is having a big clearout with many a bargain to be had, by the way.

Who could resist him? Also notice the frog eyeing up the ladybug! He's been coloured in with Promarkers, and I've inked the edges with some Wild Honey Distress Ink, papers are Basic Grey (Out of Print) and Websters Pages (either Western Romance or All About Me, not sure which.....).

Challenges for this one are:

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #110 - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays #63 - Water (well, it is a bath.....)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The trials and tribulations of recycling

I am so good at making a drama out of an everyday occurrance and today was no different -  I deserve a posh frock and an Oscar I'm sure.
My good friend Anne aka Legs is always creating marvellous things from bits of paper and string, amongst other things, and when she posted a challenge on Papercraft Planet to recycle a newspaper or magazine into something that wasn't a card, I knew I wanted to join in but hadn't a clue what to make!
I set about the task of creating something this morning still with no idea what I would end up with - surely that's what creating is about?  Extreme Carfting......
Here's what I started with:
Some interesting looking pictures from a coffee magazine (I didn't even know you could get magazines about coffee until one come through the letterbox a few weeks ago), some double sided sticky tape and a pencil.
At this stage I had a vague plan which involved rolling the pages around the pencil to make long thin tubes. That's about as far as I got.
All very pretty, huh? Must also point out that when making the first tube, I didn't take out my pencil before I finished rolling. Could I get the darn thing out? Nope. Had to unroll it all again, retrieve said pencil and start again. After a had a bundle of tubes I sat and looked at them for a while. Then a bit longer. Finally I went and rummaged in the rubbish bin.
I'd finished off a roll of sticky tape a couple of days ago and decided this could be used too. After a few head scratching moments, and a bit of faffing with a stapler, here's the finished result:
To cut a long story short, I covered the empty tape roll to make a base, which I then stuck the flattened and halved tubes to. One of the long tubes I used to neaten the base and another I put along the top of the pot on the inside, then folded and stapled the tubes over the top. I rather like the shabbiness of the staples being visible, but I guess I could cover it with ribbon or more paper if I felt so inclined.
A surprisingly sturdy pen holder, made from a few pages of a magazine and an empty tape roll. Bargain!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


“TTTC?” I hear you cry! In my little world it means Take Time To Carft (I always spell “craft” wrong, so carft has become a verb in it’s own right). Evenings for me are “my time”, after the small odd one goes to bed, I like to settle down to a spot of carfting. Unfortunately, because slightly older, and taller (though definitely not wiser) odd person has his exams coming up in May, my time is no longer my own. Instead it is filled with chemical equations and moles. And not the small, blind rodent kind either. Nor the hairy monstrosity often seen on the faces of old witchy people, come to think of it.

Did I get sidetracked? Maybe a little.

Tonight I had to battle through the chemical formulae to come out carfting at the other end – Mother’s 70th birthday on Friday and as we’re off to the cinema tomorrow  evening to see “War Horse”, I figured I had to get her birthday card made today.

I hadn’t coloured this image by House Mouse before, and the apples are a bit hit and miss – any hints on how to colour a nice shiny red and green apple would be gratefully received! Hoping it’ll pass muster with the old dear, though ;)

HM for Mum

The sentiment is also from a HM un-mounted rubber stamp set along with the one I stamped inside the card which says “On your birthday”. Very un-blinged. Just the way I like it :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Dragon....

Dragons are the stuff of battles and knights in shining armour, right? And the poor old dragon always ends up as a pot of soup (or something). Well, this time the Dragon is a nice guy! I have followed Ginger's Blog for a while now, and although my blog as been neglected and abandoned for most of 2012, I saw this post because it was brought to my attention on Papercraft Planet, by a very nice lady :)
This evening I set about making a card for Sebastian, and here it is - a Dragon to watch over him and keep him safe from harm. Think we could all do with one of those sometimes, don't you?
Coloured with my trusty Promarkers and edges inked with Adirondack "denim". I coloured the sentiment in two shades of yellow (Buttercup and sunflower) and creased it and layered sections of it onto 3D foam, to make it look as though it were a flag in the wind.

I would like to enter into the following challenges:
Make it Monday #76 Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays #55 - Get well wishes

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Great Doily Massacre of 2012

Rather dramatic start to the year don’t you think? Start with a bang as I always say…. Anyhow to explain – I love looking at pretty vintage creations and as I may have mentioned before, I suck at creating it! Some things, remarkably, do not deter me, and I try and try and try again, until something else comes along to distract me. Such is the way of Paper-crafting.
A few months ago I purchased some mini doily things, and there they sat in the drawer as hadn’t a clue what to do with them, abandoned like many other paper-crafting items I decided I needed and couldn’t live without.
Well today I cut one up into teeny tiny pieces, and rather enjoyed the moment of venting my wrath on a small inanimate object.
The poor, abused doily has been turned into a scruffy flower/button thing which if I’m honest is pretty ghastly! Debating whether to peel it off before the glue sets….. Maybe the doily wins after all?
11012012077 The tag was inspired by this weeks challenge over on Try it on Tuesday, which, not surprisingly, required the making of a tag, using some sort of Resist Technique. In case you haven’t noticed, the startlingly white flower was the first thing stamped, with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Everything else was stamped over and around it. I also used a sentiment stamp, a leafy stamp thing and a couple of background effect stamps, using Vintage Photo, Bundled Sage and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks for everything.
A couple of other challenges to enter – it would be rude not to:
Anything Goes at Anything Goes Challenge Blog
Just for Fun at For Fun Challenges
Anything But a Card at Pollycraft Challenge Blog
And that, as they say, is that.