Sunday, February 28, 2010

Big Secret

Thanks to Dora for this heads up! Prima are currently offering two fab prize baskets (one for US bloggers and one for International bloggers) worth up to $100 - wow! Click here to enter :o)

Finishes Sunday (28th Feb) - Good Luck!

Love,

Friday, February 26, 2010

In Love...


Hi all, just a quick post but I made Atty an anniversary card earlier this week since it was our anniversary on Wednesday...yet again it's a Rachelle Anne Miller stamp - I just love her stamps...


Used a martha stewart heart punch in the corners of the card and embellished with glitter...

Two different colours of ribbon as well as them being different materials - trimmed the edges to a point - think it looks a bit nicer this way...
Fab felt and paper flowers from Making Memories...


Cute little porcupines (I think?!) coloured in with promarkers. Used a little clip instead of using an anniversary sentiment...

I gave it to him on Wednesday and I think he liked it :o)

I'm trying to do some card-making this week but I've had a bit of a funny week so I'll see if I'm in the mood. I won't bore you with the details (might waffle on for a while) but I wish I could craft all day every day like I know some ladies are lucky enough to be able to do. Perhaps one day...?

Much love,

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cats, like butterflies, need no excuse...

Happy Tuesday everyone....well it's still very grey and miserable but I've got a day off work tomorrow so I'll be a happy gal at 5pm today! :o)

I knew I had to make another card for Mr Hannah's mum this week and I didn't really set myself a day to do it but I came across one of my Rachelle Anne Miller stamps last night and started colouring it in...and then I started to piece the card together. I don't know about anyone else but I sometimes get a bit frustrated when I have to set myself a crafting time slot (e.g. when someone has commissioned a card) so I've decided to try and not do that and just do it when I'm feeling creative and not so pressured...does that make sense?! Worked prety well last night as I really enjoyed this card! I was only set the theme of 'cat/cats'' so here's what I came up with...


Not sure if you can see it but I smudged some white glitter chalk onto the card. I also tried the technique with the promarker around the outside of the image...still not sure!

Glittery little brad for one of the centres of the flowers. Bit of smooch accent ink used here too...

Glitter, glitter, glitter, oh how I love thee! These flowers actually look like they are made out of fabric but they are actually paper...

Good ol' transfers came to the rescue again but this time in silver...

And then another view of the card...

Crafty Recipe...

Paper - Forver Friends 6 x 6 'Party Time' Paper Pack
Card - The Paper Mill
Ribbon - Stash (in fact I think it was the ribbon tabs you get on cardigans!)
Sentiment - Transfer sheet from Hobbycraft (Silver)
Image - Rachelle Anne Miller stamped using Memento Ink & Coloured in with Promarkers
Accents on the image - Smooch Accent Ink (Sugarberry), Sakura White Pen, Papermania Brad, Papermania Chalk
Flowers - Papermania 'Heather' Capsule Collection and some of their glitter brads

Hope she likes it. I actually decided to put some glitter on the wings of the butterfly to accent the wings a bit more but didn't take another pic!

Well best be off to work... :o) Have a great day, whatever you're doing!

Much love,

Monday, February 22, 2010

Turtle Cake & Flowers...

It is now a little late since my birthday was over a week ago but I thought I would post some pictures of the amazing cake that Mr Hannah made me and the flowers that I had delivered (whilst they lasted!). I was browsing the usual stores for birthday cakes and they were very uninspiring. Mr Hannah made me a birthday cake last year too (a rubberduck no less!) so offered to make me one again this year. He said he would surprise me and he did! My favourite animal is a turtle...

Can you see the glittery waves? How good is that! I was very impressed...

A close up of the turtle, complete with gold dusted shell! You can also kind of see the shark that he made round the side of the cake...


Here's me - a bit rosy-cheeked...too much excitement for one day - just before blowing out the candles...

And here are the beautiful flowers that were delivered...my favourite flowers are lillies (pink lillies especially which were in this bunch!) How lucky was I? The boy did good...



What are men like though...I said 'Ooh you've written a card too' He replied 'Oh I'm not sure...I can't remember!', luckily he had though. LOL!


It really was such a nice day :o) It's our Anniversary on Wednesday so I've got to crack on with my card for him. Must really finish my thank you cards too....

Have a good Monday everyone...it's raining here (still!) in Sussex (boo!)

Much love,

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Birthday Monkeys...


Mr Hannah's mum rang last night to ask if I could make her a card for today so....I manage to pull it off! Did a little bit of it last night and finished it off this morning. It worked out pretty well as I can enter it in this week's Promarker challenge since it is any promarkers but using the theme of 'buttons and bows'. What a fab theme!

Here is my card...

Some cute little monkeys coloured in with promarkers....added a little orange gem on the bow...

Don't often use transfers but this one seemed to work well on ribbon for once...

Some glittery yellow flocking for the balloon...

Close up of the buttons...

Cute little felt star 'button'...

Matching ribbon and bow...


Crafty Recipe...

Paper, Buttons, Bow, Yellow Ribbon - Papermania Capsule Collection 'Sunshine'
Star Button - Making Memories
Sentiment - Transfer from Hobbycraft
Gem - Anita's
Glitter Flock - Papermania
Image - Rachelle Anne Miller stamped using Colour Box brown ink and coloured in with Promarkers - Cinammon, Cocoa, Tan, Tulip Yellow, Yellow, Pumpkin, Bright Orange and Rose Pink

I dropped the card in earlier and she loved it which was good! Luckily, she's also comissioned another card for me this week so I will crack on with that tomorrow. I really enjoyed this colour scheme and on this miserable Sunday afternoon - it reminded me of Summer! Hope everyone is having a nice Sunday.

Much love,

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Thank Ewe...


The day has finally arrived! I am this week's guest designed over on the Craftbubble LGS group. I set a sketch along with the theme of 'animals'. Mr Hannah's sister helped make my lovely birthday cake so I decided to make her a thank 'ewe' card using my sketch. Here is the sketch..

And here is my interpretation of the sketch...


How cute is the little sheep? He's from one of the Honey & Hugs sets . I added some googly eyes to give him a bit more of a 3-D feel as well as some cotton wool for his hair. You can sort of see where I have embossed the pink card in the corner with a flower pattern as well as using my Martha Stewart doily punch...

A gorgeous Prima flower with a velvety Papermania brad...

Just fancied adding these bows on as it looked a bit bare in the corner. I sometimes worry that my cards are a bit too crowded but everyone's different...

Another bit of embossing (can you tell it was my first go?!) and a sentiment transfer from the same range as the stamp...

You can see the different layers here...it's not very often that I don't layer the pieces of my card. I think it's quite important to have different layers to make the card stand out - but that's my preference! You can also see that i coloured some parts of the embossed card with grey as it looks a bit bold without the toning down...

I only used a grey promarker (think it was Cool Grey 3) fo the background and I coloured in his ears, hooves and nose with a jelly roll black pen...

Crafty Recipe

Sheep Paper & Stamp, Sentiment - Papermania Honey & Hugs collection
Image stamped using Black Memento ink and embellished with gelly roll pen, cotton wool and googly eyes
Bow & Ribbon from Stash
Flower - Prima with a Papermania brad centre
Punch - Martha Stewart doily punch

Hope everyone enjoys my challenge this week! I have to make quite a few thank you cards this weekend so hopefully I'll be able to have another go at the sketch :o) I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's cards!

Much love,

Friday, February 19, 2010

Special Delivery...

It was Lauren's turn this week over on the Let's Get Stamping group over on CB and she had come up with a great twist for this week's challenge! You had to have an embellishment (preferably hand made) as the focal point of the card instead of a stamped image...but there had to be stamping somewhere on the card. Here is the sketch...

And here is my interpretation...

Here is a close up of the embellishment - I cut out the baby gro from some pink handmade paper then embellished with buttons, a bow and dabbed some pearlised ink on the edges...

Here is the stamped element of the card - first go at using pearlised ink, stamped cute little pink footprints to create backing paper...

Instead of the normal 'new baby' sentiments, I picked a different one to use...

Crafty Recipe

Paper - Forever Friends With Love paper pack
Glitter Paper - The Flower Factory
Sentiment - Paperchase
Buttons, Bow, Stamp - from stash
Handmade paper - Papermania
Ink - Memento dewdrop Pearlised Ink, Orchid
Hanger - Hobbycraft; think it might be Craftime

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Hope the girls over on CB like it :o) I must admit although it seemed a bit daunting at first, it was nice to go back to embellishments. I have been a fan of stamping for under a year so it reminded me of how I used to craft - I guess you get stuck in your ways!

Thank GOODNESS it is Friday, so pleased at that. I am excited about my first GDT spot over on the LGS group so keep your eyes peeled for that tomorrow.

Have a great Friday!

Much love,

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Birthday Goodies

Hello all, hope you are having a good day. It's looking very miserable outside my window at work at the moment - hope the weather is a bit better where you are!

Anyway, as promised, I am posting some photos of the lovely craft goodies that I received on Sunday from my family, Mr Hannah as well as my fab friends! I bore most of my work pals with my crafty obsession so they were really lovely and got me some fab goodies. Apologies about the poor picture (it was late last night!) Check them out...

Handmade papers, Honey & Hugs paper, Promarkers..

Embellishments, ribbons, transfers, brads, bows and fab FF stamps...

Papermania travel satchel, promarker holder, more stamps...

and more stamps....especially lovely new FF wedding stamps...

How lucky am I?! Totally spoilt but I was so grateful and over the moon...I can't wait to try out my new bits and pieces :o)

Hope everyone is well. I am hoping to make a card later for Mr Hannah's sister to say a big thank you for helping him with the brilliant cake he made me.

Much love,