Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ultimate cheapskate gift...

..a box of nothing!

I have made this for this week's forever friends challenge (starting tomorrow) where we have a guest host, Jackie, who has set the theme "anything but a card" a great theme as these bears are useful for so much more than just cards!

The paper is from a mega K&Co pad I purchased from QVC. great papers, but much flimsier than normal k&co papers, but at least that means I will actually use them rather than save them for "best".

I am also entering this for this week's sunday stamper challenge "livin in a box"

(please click on the picture to enlarge the image, so you can read the verse)

just a couple of things

Just a couple of things that I made this week that I didn't get round to blog.
Another easel card made using more of the Mabel Lucie Atwell stamps and K&co papers

and a hat I knitted with random stripes and a detachable flower.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

"funny" christmas card

I came across this image today and it made me smile, so I knew I had to use it. I have made this for a knitting mad friend, I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

bad hair day!!

This was my birthday card for Karin. I apologise that this is not a great picture, but I didn't have much light, with these horrible short days and I was in a rush to get it posted.
I love making these tag cards at the moment, they just seem to come so easily. I picked this image (from Inka) mostly because it was the right size for the tag, and the right colours for the backing papers I wanted to use, but then her hair made me smile and I thought the words would be funny.
there is actually no stamping at all on this card, which is a bit unusual for me!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

And the winner is....

The winner of my blog candy is no 16

midnight stamper said...

love the variation on the easel card theme. the stamps are lovely too !

Congratulations, please contact me with your address and I will send your prize to you

Sunday, November 22, 2009

BLog Candy : Last Chance

This the last call for my blog candy
All you have to do to enter is post a comment on the blog candy post which you can find
The candy is open until I announce the winner.
I will announce the winner some time tomorrow.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Mabel Lucie attwell stamps

If you visit the Artistic Stamper blog you will see the new Mabel Lucie Atwell stamps. I was lucky enough to receive these pre-release, and have had a quick play with them.

I used "care to dance" to make this tag card

"nature's little helper" to make this acetate card

and "Holly" to make this canvas back decoration, from a tiny canvas. (The mounted holly is from the same stamp.)

All other stamps used are also by the Artistic Stamper

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gingersnap Monochrome : blue moon card

The theme this week at Gingersnap Creations is Monochrome
I went for shades of blue throughout the front of my card, with a little surprise, as I have used double sided card, the inside of the card is brown.
All the paper and card is from the Paper Temptress (this month's sponsor at Gingersnap)
I used
double sided card
Blue sparkle card
heavyweight Vellum
White glossy card

The image is from the Stampsmith.

Quick Christmas card

I made this quick chrsitmas card using a santa stamp from the artistic stamper

Monday, November 16, 2009

forever friends: Glitter

This week at the forever friends challenge We challenge you to use Glitter on your forever friends creation.

I have used the stamp that came free on the current issue of Docrafts Creativity magazine. I have used glitteron the crown(applied over Quickie glue pen), a strip of glitter (applied over double sided tape)and red glitter card!

very glittery!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Paracord bracelet

Post four of today, and probably the last one!! (but no promises)

Have you ever been in a tricky situation, where you think, "hmmm what I need to get me out of this is about 3 metres of strong cord"?


oh well you are obviously not a 10 year old boy then!!

As soon as I saw these bracelets on Calvin's blog I immediatly knew I would have to make one for my eldest son. The idea is that in an emergency situation (such as the finding the perfect tree from which to hang a rope swing) you can unravel the bracelet and use the parachute cord.

I immediatly got onto ebay and ordered 100ft of desert camo parachute cord, and 10 10mm curved buckles.

I got the instructions from here
I ordered my cord from here
and my buckles from here

I thoroughly recommend these sellers. They both provided excellent service.

I liked these bracelets so much that the one shown is actually one I made for myself. so next time I am in that survival situation, I'll be just fine!!

Crochet Sheep and other woolly business!

This is post three of today, and it just gets weirder!!
maybe if I explain, it will help.

My favourite yarn shop, Baa Ram Ewe, have decided to have a knitted nativity (a Knitivity, perhaps?) and I have offered to make a sheep. Of course to be different, mine is crocheted!!

I just hope it's the right size, I have photographed it on my hand to give some idea of size. I did not use a pattern to make this, but made it up as I went along, using the principles of amigurumi.

In other Baa Ram Ewe news, Verity has started selling kits to make my mug cosies, which apparently attract a lot of interest. How cool is that?
Verity sent me one of the kits. I love this wool!

And finally in knitting news. I have finally finished this waistcoat for MEEEEEEEE! I hardly ever make anything for myself so this was a real treat and I love it. knitted in Rowan Pure wool Aran, it's so snuggly to wear. (excuse the rubbish picture)

Carol's tiles

And about time too!!!
This is post two today.

Carol stumped me with this round of the collaborative challenge.

No colour theme at all.......

so where to start?
I let these brand new "clock" stamp plates from PaperArtsy inspire me and went a bit wild with the colour!
I hope she likes them.

wedding card

Prepare for a busy blogging day , this is post one of four. I was going to do one long post, but decided to split them as I know some people are more interested in knitting some in cardmaking, etc.
So post one is cardmaking.
The Paper Temptress is kindly sponsoring the gingersnap challenges this month, and as part of the the design team wer given the opportunity to try out some of the delisious papers and card.

On this card I have stamped the stampsmith image onto Ultra high glossy card, which has been mounted onto laser silver lustre (silver), mounted onto a card made from Sparkle Noir ( a lovely black card with a subtle shimmer), and wrapped with heavy weight clear vellum. (gorgeous quality vellum)

I have attached the vellum with white ribbon, added touches of white flower soft to the image, and stamped the wording on the front with white ink

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

created by hand : remembrance

for the Created by Hand Challenge

Sunday, November 08, 2009

tag easel card and blog candy

As a celebration of joining the Artistic Stamper Design team, I have a little giveaway of the 3 stamp sets pictured below. I have used stamps from all of these plates to make this easel style tag cag.

I am including the card in with the prize.

All you have to do to take part is leave a comment on this post, and I will use a random number generator to pick one winner on 23rd november. The giveaway is open to anybody.

Good Luck!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

World radiography day

Just a shout out to all the radiographers out there, on World Radiography Day.
I am very proud to be a radiographer, I honestly think it is one of the most interesting careers there is. I have been in radiography for almost 20 years and still love my job.

Friday, November 06, 2009

brum brum

Yesterday I received my first creative team package from The Artistc Stamper, and I couldn't wait to play.
I've used 4 stamps to make this little brum brum card:
Jolly Day out by Mabel Lucie Atwell
flower from flower power sheet, and gingham background
lines from simple swirls sheet

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

gingersnap challenge : cosy home

This month the challenges at Gingersnap are being sponsored by the Paper Temptress. The Design Team were each given the opportunity to choose 10 sheets of card/paper to use in this month's challenges.

Amongst my choices was this wonderful double sided card, which I thought worked perfectly with the cosy home theme as it is red on one side and orange on the other.
This card is amazing quality, perfect for a base card. I've emphasised the doubled sided colour by tearing the aperture. The house (from PaperArtsy) is also stamped onto the card, and coloured with whispers marker.

As you can see the card also takes embossing well.

I also used a thin strip of the laser gold glossy lustre and ran this through a dymo labeller for the embossed words.

I finished this pyramid card with a gold ribbon and a battery operated tea light, fo a truly cosy feel

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

forever friends sketch challenge

This week at the forever friends challenge we have a sketch challenge for you.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

sunday stampers: snowmen

After seeing Paula's fabulous easel card, I had to have a go, so I decided to take part in sunday stampers snowman challenge, using this PaperArtsy snowman that I have become very fond of. I also used some more of the fabulous Spring and sprout papers from Paperartsy. The two patterns are the two sides of one sheet of paper. I have sanded the edges of the piece on the front.The ribbon is also from PaperArtsy!
I finished the card with some ultrafine glitter on the snow that is falling, and a button.