May 31, 2009
Pink Petticoat image and papers, gems, Doodlebug rub-ons
The image is from Pink Petticoat's 'Little Chums' collection and the papers are from Lola's Boudoir. My Dad is a bit of a zebra fan and he came to visit today with my Step Mum. SO this card is to them from Zac to say thank you for coming to visit so often when it's a long drive and for always bringing him lots of treats and goodies. Grandad isn't really Grumpy, it's just what we call him!
The card was really simple to put together once I'd decided on the theme - and check me out - monochrome! Added a bit of bling to tart it up a bit.
We've just had half an hour playtime in the garden and now Zac is need of a bath after introducing himself to several bushes and flower beds! Quick apology for not doing much blog hopping this weekend, will catch up over the next few days.
May 30, 2009
Pink Petticoat images, fiskars punch, ProMarkers, Ribbon
The image is from the new Lola's Pretty collection at Pink Petticoat and the shoe and handbag are from Lola's Boudoir. For the ProMarkers challenge, we could use any colours as long as we listed them. So I used:
- Pastel Yellow
- Soft Lime
- Meadow Green
- Cool Aqua
I shaded round the edge of the mounts and the border punches with meadow green too, thought made it stand out a bit.
I went for a zesty theme as I'm giving you the recipe for tart au citron today too! You can thank my friend Jo's husband Ian for this, it's delish!
Tart Au Citron
- One block shortcrust pastry or ready made pastry base!
- 4 eggs
- 225g caster sugar
- 150ml double cream
- juice and zest of 2 limes and 1 lemon
- Roll the pastry, place in flan dish approx 8" and cook blind for 25-30 mins @160. Don't let pastry go brown
- Beat the eggs & sugar together, add cream and juice and zest
- Pour into pastry case and return to oven for about 30 mins.
- Will look a bit frothy and still have a little wobble. Allow to cool completely.
- Make it look posh by dusting with icing sugar, best served with creme fraiche and a glass of white wine!
Have a go - it's soooo easy and so yummy
May 29, 2009
Pink Petticoat Image, gems, Copics, Fiskars punch
I made a card with a similar layout to this before and really liked it so thought I'd have another go. The image is from Pink Petticoat and always makes me smile! Shaded with Copics and my bit of bling are all the gems around the edge of the circle and on the Hippo.
The paper is a scrap I had left over from K&Co and the ribbon is from Papermania.
Will be posting recipe fro tart au citron this weekend so if you fancy making it, pop back tomorrow or Sunday
Doodlebug Essential Love Spell Collection
Sorry not posted for a couple of days, I've been resting and catching up on some housework instead of crafting.
Everything I've used is from the Doodlebug Essentials Love Spell Collection, including the gems and the stickers. The only exceptions are the white base card and the Fiskars border punch. I wanted to stray away from using paper or fabric flowers and stamping and try something different and simple to see what happened. Not overly keen on the result so probably won't use a kit on it's own again!
The sun is shining very brightly and Zac is out for a walk with his Granny and Grandad. He didn't put up a fight and let me smother him in suncream and pop his hat on! Hope he's not too hot.
May 26, 2009
DCWV papers, nestabilities, cuttlebug emboss folders
The patterned card is all from DCWV Luxury Stack. They have a lovely pearl sheen to them and I don't use them very often as I don't want to run out! The panels have been embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and I popped a few Doodlebug gems on the butterfly and the panels too.
Been to anti natal today, all going well and blood pressure back to normal. Bubs head is very low down so I'm not sure I'll make it another 6 weeks but here's hoping!
May 25, 2009
Pink Petticoat Digi Image and Paper, Doodlebug rub-ons, Copics
I've had this Pink Petticoat 'Cheekies' CD for ages now and never used it. What a waste! So here's one of the images along with background papers from the Lola's Boudoir Collection CD. I know it doesn't look a lot but it took me ages to come up with this one. I matched the sentiment on the background paper with some 'Mixed Up' rub-ons from Doodlebug. Oh and the image is shaded with Copics for a change, I'm obviously still in my red and black phase.
Not sure how much longer I'll be able to keep up with a card a day as I'm starting to struggle a bit now and Zac doesn't nap for as long as he used to either. Maybe I'll have to become a night time craft er!
May 24, 2009
Katy set the challenge this week over at Colour Create to use Lemon, Pink Sorbet and Chocolate. I was over the moon and full of inspired, yummy and bright ideas until I read the optional extra...'shabby chic'. I shuddered, I just don't do shabby chic! But never one to not give something a try....
May 23, 2009
A new challenge blog launched this week - Polka Doodle. The first challenge is to make a card using the sketch above. Polka Doodle do digital download images and papers and some new stuff has been used by their DT. Have a look.
Here's my card:
Pink Petticoat papers, Doodlebug stickers, Nestabilities
Feeling brighter today so wanted a girlie card to match my mood. The patterned papers are all from Pink Petticoat and believe it or not, I've used their Christmas flowers collection! The stickers in the middle are from Doodlebug, as are the rubs on letters and the pink paper frill.
I folded the paper over at the top and secured with a Bazzill brad and that's about it. Simple but cheerful.
May 22, 2009
Pink Petticoat Image, White Base Card, Copics, K&Co paper, Glamour Dust
I'd been stuck on this challenge since I first saw it, couldn't decide what shape card to make or how to make it. I was thinking along the lines of making a cocktail shaped card, then it came to me, what shapes do I have already? Why make things complicated when they don't have to be? So I used this Lola Rose image from Pink Petticoat and blew it up on the PC to about 5 and a half inches across in size and put the card in the printer landscape. Creased down the side and then drew around it as I'm not the best when it comes to cutting out without use of a die cutter these days!
Did a spot of paper piecing for the bath and flower with some K&Co papers, I think from Sparkly Sweet Collection and then shaded the rest with Copics. A lot of Glamour Dust and a Doodlebug gem later and I was done. Almost. I finally went round the edges of the cut part of the card with a blue Copic to highlight the edge.
Quite like this one and may make some more in a similar style, makes a change from a square card for me.
May 21, 2009
And here's my card:
Pink Petticoat image, Nestabilities, Copics, Doodlebug papers
I have been wondering what to do with this sketch since Saturday and felt a bit flummoxed by it because I wasn't sure what to put where the small circles are. Fancied a bit of a change from buttons and flowers so the 'Sporting Chance' theme gave me the idea to use footballs instead!
The image and sentiment are from Pink Petticoat and I did some of the footballs in different sizes and punched them out. Used the plain scallop border punch for the dotty red paper and ran the black card through the cuttlebug using swiss dots embossing folder.
Seem to have done quite a few cards in red and black recently, must be a phase!
May 20, 2009
How sweet is this? A gift from Chrissie to say she thinks my blog is a real treasure. Made my day. In turn I'm going to pass this award to Sue because she's the person who convinced me to set up my blog in the first place and also to Joey as I admire her blog and her work so much
Pink Petticoat image, Doodlebug papers and ribbon, Copics, Nestabilities, Prima Flowers
I'm still unwell and Hubby has taken day off work to look after Zac so I can rest. They're at Wobbly Ones at the moment, I can't wait to hear how they got on, I'm sure all the Mums will look after James for me whilst Zac plays.
I took a bit of extra inspiration from Dawn as her card was mainly green for this sketch and I'm feeling green so here you go. Image is from Pink Petticoat, shaded with Copics in a bit of a hurry. Papers and ribbon are all from Doodlebug (loving their new range!) and flowers are Prima.
Right back to my resting now, the sofa is calling me. Hopefully will do some blog hopping later.
May 19, 2009
Anyway, it's Birthday time over at A Spoon Full of Sugar as they are celebrating a year of blogging. Their challenge this week is 'Celebration' anything goes including anniversary. My Husbands cousin will be celebrating her first wedding anniversary later this month so...
Pink Petticoat paper, ribbon, printed sentiment
They actually got married six years to the day that my Husband popped the question to me! So I can't forget their anniversary.
Not sure I love this card but I appear to have misplaced my mojo somewhere as a side effect of said lurgy. It's the colours I used to make their wedding stationery but I obviously put a lot more effort into those.
And I thought I'd better pop a few pics on of my culinary creations from the weekend too:
Here's the baked chocolate cheesecake. I ended up using a recipe off the Waitrose website and it was as heavy as a brick in the end! Very tasty though:
And my absolute favourite, Tart Au Citron, recipe provided a long time ago by my friend Jo's Husband Ian. I had a bit of a pastry incident but it held the filling and tasted lush!
Right, off to feel sorry for myself now and snuggle up on the sofa with some paracetamol.
May 17, 2009
Couldn't be late for Colour Create though! Kim set this weeks challenge: Sky Blue, Ecru and Tan with optional extra of gloss, glitter or glaze. You have to see Kim's blog, it's amazing and she's just been chosen to join the Magnolia Design Team - well done Kim!
Rachelle-Anne Miller Stap, Copics, Nestabilities, Punches
I already had this image stamped so quickly coloured it in with copics in the appropriate colours before mounting on Nestabilities and adding a few cuttlebug and punched flowers. The blue paper is actually gloss card and the gems are glossy with glitter in! Phew, Got to dash.....
May 16, 2009
May 15, 2009
Pink Petticoat image, Bazzil papers, Nestabilities, Copics, Cuttlebug emboss
Dare You to Digi Stamp have set the challenge today to make a card using lilac and lemon. The DT over there have made some fab cards.
The image is a new one from Pink Petticoat from the 'In My Garden' Collection, another yummy selection from Liz! Coloured with Copics and mounted on layers of Bazzil cardstock, one layer embossed through Cuttlebug. I printed the sentiment on the PC and cut it out with a tag Nestabilities die.
Another day at home today, but I've got to squeeze some housework in, including tidying my craft room as I can't see much worktop or floor...eeeek, how did it get so messy?
May 14, 2009
Magnolia Hearts Stamp, Copics, Nestabilities, Card Scraps
I love this Magnolia stamp, so simple. So I kept it simple by using grey and pink throughout. Shaded with Copics and then added faux stitching to the image using a Letraset fine liner pen. All mounted on some scraps of card cut out with Nestabilities squares. I think I'm in need of a new embossing mat for my Cuttlebug, must be after doing all these for a recent order:
Glad I'm on the wind down from work now as Carpel Tunnel syndrome is getting worse in my right hand so doing lots of fiddly bits and bobs isn't very easy now.
Got a lovely quiet day at home today, just me and Zac so hopefully I'll be enough entertainment for him.
May 13, 2009
Aah, how cute is this? Chrissie sent it me from Simply One Of A Kind. She said that it's a gift of friendship for people we 'meet' whilst blogging and I'm chuffed to bits to get it.
As a thank you, I'm to pass it on to five other bloggers. Here they are, please visit their blogs as they're fantastic.
Thanks again Chrissie
Inkadinkado stamps, fiskars border punch
I liked this sketch as all my cards are usually square and this really needed to be a larger rectangle card for the sketch to work. I wanted to keep it simple so used shades of pink card, three stamps and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I haven't made my own patterned paper like this in ages but wanted something to compliment the main images.
Been to toddler group this morning and enjoyed watching Zac play in a soil tub with pretend flowers, followed by painting - with a much larger apron on this time! I don't know who's more shattered, him from having so much fun or me from chasing round after him!
May 12, 2009
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May 09, 2009
Pink Petticoat Image and papers, ribbons, brad, nestablilities
This is another simple one. Little Bee image is from Pink Petticoat, coloured with Pro-Markers and cut out with Nestabilities. The patterned paper is also from Pink Petticoat. I used a mix of satin and chiffon ribbon, threading the chiffon one through a buckle brad from a Papermania set my friend Shell got me for my Birthday.
Got to be quick today as hubby at work and I'm trying to work whilst Zac naps. Been very lucky as my friend and her daughter took him out this morning for a stroll so he's absolutely shattered.
May 08, 2009
Cosmic Shimmer Emboss Powders, Inkadinkadoo stamps, ribbon, cardstock
Well I've done so much dry embossing recently I thought it was time to dust off the old heat gun and do some stamping and powder embossing. Ahem - am I out of practice or what? Bit of smudging and over inking me thinks but never mind, I'll just have to squint at it then I won't notice!
Used Versamark ink in too great a quantity and Cosmic shimmer powders in Raspberry violet, Lime Blush and Aqua Blush on Inkadinkado stamps. I cut the large flower out along with the centre and layered them up over some ribbon.
Hmm, not sure if it's the powders or the ink that I went a bit heavy handed with. Will have to try again at some point
May 07, 2009
Rachelle Anne Miller Stamp, Pro-Markers, Nesabilities, gems, rub ons, border punch.
Stamped the image in Memento black ink before colouring with Pro-Markers. My Copics have arrived (yey!) but I've not done a colour chart yet or had time to fiddle about with them so I'll stick to what I know until I've had some time to practice. I stamped the image twice and cut the flower out and mounted it on foam to raise it off the card a little.
I have learnt something new with Pro-Markers by accident today though! I did a spot of highlighting with a Sakura white souffle pen and then decided to add a spot of yellow to the flower. It actually took some of the dark colour away and highlighted nicely. Here's a close up so you can see what I mean:
Right, I know I'm going to sound very old now as it's only 2PM - but I'm off for an afternoon nap! I need all the rest I can get before the next bubs arrives and deprives me of sleep for at least the next 6 months.
May 06, 2009
Glitter border card, glitter card, punches
I have loads of these glitter border cards that I don't seem to use. I must get round to popping them on Ebay or something. So this is a really simple card using scraps of glitter card and other bits and bobs and some footprint punches and a scalloped square punch - not a nestie!
Just bathed Zac as he looked like he'd 'been tango'd'. He had a bit of a session with some bright orange glitter paint at toddler group this morning, one of those moments where I wished I hadn't left my camera and my mobile at home! I've got to go and see if the orange stain will come off the bath now before starting work for the evening. And then maybe have a go at getting the orange paint stains off me too, I look like I've had an accident with a tube of St Tropez fake tan all up my arms! Is the streaky look in?
May 05, 2009
Right after I'd picked myself up off the floor from laughing at the title of Sue's challenge this is my creation:
Glitter sheets, Pink Petticoat Image, Cuttlebug emboss folder, Nestabilities, Glamour Dust
I made this for a customer of mine who's wedding order I've just finished. She's been so lovely to work with and is collecting her order tonight. This is my way of saying thank you. She's one of those people who smile and sound happy all the time.
I found 6 pads of glitter paper on top of my drawers (not inside Sue!) and thought it'd better have some use. It's really fiddly to use as it's a bit like mulberry paper so it frays and doesn't like to stick. None the less.....Image is from Pink Petticoat, coloured on the PC and highlighted with Glamour Dust. Sentiment is some pink rubs ons and the rest is just layering up more glitter paper and white and pink card scraps.
I'm pleased with this one. Just waiting for Mum and Dad in law to arrive to look after Zac as got another huge order underway. I'll pop a pick on later this week of the amount of Cuttlebugging I had to do yesterday! I'll have arms like Popeye at this rate!
May 04, 2009
Sizzix die, buttons, DCWV papers, ribbon
The cute giraffe is cut using a Sizzix originals die with cuttlebugged spots on him. The textured spotty paper is from DCWV, I think the Nanas kids stack but not 100% sure. I had all these scrummy blue and green buttons so put them to use here but felt the card needed a few more colours so added them in anyway.
On the whole a bit of a more me card than the one I posted yesterday!
May 03, 2009
May 02, 2009
A friend of mine spent ages on a piece of work for her MA and really struggled with it. The work paid off and she got a distinction so I made her this card:
Greetings Farm Image, Nestabilities, Pro-Markers, ribbon, card scraps
I spotted this image the other day when I was having a nose at The Greetings Farm and thought it would be perfect for this card. Again coloured with Pro-Markers and cut out with Nestabilities. I thought it would be good to keep the colour scheme to match the image and went for grey - which is more than a bit unusual for me!
Feeling loads better today, we're off to Ikea this morning to swap the table and chairs I bought for Zac last week as they're faulty, so lunch there and then back home where Hubby takes over childcare and I start work for the long weekend.
Ace news for me though, Hubby is going to treat me to some Copic pens! Can't wait to order them and then suss out how to use them.
May 01, 2009
Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, charm, ribbon, Fiskars embossing plate
Hmm, too sunny to take clear photos today so I may replace pic tomorrow. The embossed background was made using a Fiskars embossing plate through the Cuttlebug. They're great as they're bigger than Cuttlebug embossing folders and just right for the size of cards I make.
The embossed champagne flutes are a Cuttlebug embossing folder with Letraset gold rub on numbers. Labels Nestabilities used to mount and frame with gold mirror card, a spot of ribbon and a charm that has 'love' engraved on it and I'm done.
Nestabilities, Cuttlebug emboss folder, Charm, ribbon
This one is really simple, aperture cut using Nestabilities circle with a gold embossed frame and a hanging charm. Finished with a sentiment.