Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Best buds...

Well it's only Tuesday and I'm still feeling like I'm on a tropical island so this colour scheme seems very appropriate! I had to make a couple of cards for people who are leaving as well asm me tomorrow so I made a summery one for my pal at work, Pippa! I had a little help this week as over on the Anyone for Anya challenge this week you have to follow a sketch...

Here is my interpretation...

Cutesy Anya playing her little heart out...

Funky little sentiment...reminds me that I don't use epoxy stickers enough...

Gorgeous K&Co Citronella flowers...

That ribbon is straight I promise you! I wanted Anya to look like she was sitting on something. Candy dots prove to be a vital staple in this one!

Yummy! So summery...

I can't quite believe it's my last day at work tomorrow. It all seems very surreal and so sad. I've made some lifelong friends at this job and I know I will stay in touch with some of them. I'm looking forward to my time off though...although not masses of rest since new job starts on 12th July!

Hope everyone is coping in the heat. I thought I was going to melt earlier and had to stop making my card as I was coming over all queasy!

Monday, June 28, 2010

My boyfriend the pirate...

Good Morning everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was very relaxed apart from watching the England game (deary me!!!) and I managed to make a couple of cards. The most important one was for Atty's birthday which is on Thursday and I was in two minds what kind of card to make him! One of his favourite things is pirate's (don't ask me why...think it's a boy thing!) Anyway, after rifling through my stamps, I came across the Changito pirate set by Stampendous which hadn't been opened...so I had to use them!

Love these little buttons from Dress It Up range....

Used my beloved cricut machine to cut out the numbers and letters...

Cheeky changito makes an appearance with his treasure...

Another pirate themed button...the paper is from the DCWV All About Boys stack...

I used some flock to create a 'sand' effect...

You see how fab the weather was over the weekend by how bright the card is!


I really hope he likes the card! I think he will...I'm pleased with how it turned out and it didn't take as long as it usually does when I make 'important' cards :o)

This week is going to be a bit of weird one since I leave work on Wednesday so it's going to be a sad couple of days. Never mind, on to bigger and better things hopefully!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The little mermaid...

Well, I can officially say that I am melting today! It is super duper hot here in Sussex with blue skies and very little breeze...shouldn't be complaining especially as I have time off coming up! Fingers crossed the rain doesn't begin on 1st July!

I finished early yesterday so I popped to Hobbycraft after work. Whilst I was browsing, I came across some unusual flowers from Imaginisce in a bargain bin! An idea then popped into my mind for a card (as it normally does in HC) and I thought of this week's Anyone for Anya challenge which was 'FABULOUS FLOWERS'...

This is the first time I have stamped this Anya and she is so adorable with the little gems in her hair...

The greeting is from TGF as well. You can see another flower too behind the sentiment. I love the glittery tail and shell bikini...

Gorgeous ribbons, forked at the tip of course...a cheeky jellyfish complete the underwater scene.

I used two different types of gems to create some bubbles. The backing paper is from DCWV. Used lots of circles too to add to the bubble effect!

I love this colour combo. I used a similar one a couple of cards ago for Scuba Diving Changito. I just love the Sea!

Anyway, I am off to enjoy the rest of the sun. Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My favourite....cupcake!

Hmm....when I think of my favourite things, lots of things pop into my head and I found it really tricky to pinpoint one thing. Until I came across my cupcake stamps. I love all things sweet and some of you will know that I have a longstanding friendship with the sweet treat! My friend Kim, (the one who left work about a month ago) makes THE most amazing cupcakes and they have got to be my FAVOURITE cupcakes in the whole world. She is the Queen of the Kitchen!

So if you haven't already guessed, over on the Promarker Challenge this week the theme is 'favourite things' and I think I might be able to churn out at least one more card with this theme (turtles, shoes, chocolate, disney princesses etc...!) but my all time favourite is the cupcake...so kitsch! Here is my inspiration - one of Kim's two tone cupcakes...

And here is my card...

The purple button looks like an iced gem!

Testing out one of my new Martha Stewart punches...

Think this sentiment is spot on!

Two tone cupcake (just like Kim's!) complete with a glittery case...

Looks good enough to eat doesn't it?!

Yum yum! I love that DCWV Sweet stack...those papers are delish too! Feeling in quite a creative mood tonight so I might get cracking on another one if I can keep my hayfever under control!

Lily Place Cards...

Good morning all! It is such a beautiful day here in Sussex...roll on hometime I say! Sorry I have not posted in a couple of days. I have had a few orders to finish off including some more wedding stationery for my friend at work. I didn't have do write the names on so she just wanted them blank. I tried a few different options but she decided on this design...

Nice and simple but looks effective...

I love the deckled/hammer effect card which is from The Paper Mill (hand cut and folded!). The lillies are beautiful too - took quite a while to track orange calla lillies down I can tell you!

I'm not sure I could handle the stress of doing this full time but I guess I am fitting it in between my full time job at the moment! Maybe when I am stuck for ideas for a new career?! I wonder if I will make my own wedding stationery....there's a thought!

Enjoy your day...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Just Relax....

Well I have the fortune (I use that in the sarcastic sense of the word!) of Sunday being my Dad's birthday as well as Father's Day and I was umming and ahhing about what to do for his birthday card and then I came across this week's Promarker Challenge which is 'a male themed card plus a sketch'. Here is the sketch...

And here is my interpretation...

The image is from Digi Boutique for 99p (click here) coloured with Promarkers of course...

Just typed the sentiment out on MS Word and coloured in the white card with a couple of different blue promarkers...

Candy dots and gems for a bit of bling...

I think he'll like it...it's much simpler than my usual style but I kinda like it!

I think he'll like the image....long story but my sisters and I clubbed together and bought him a beautiful hammock last year and he hadn't put it up still as of last week...so we all moaned at him for about a week and I came home from work last night to find him lying it in having spent the afternoon putting it together! So I think the hammock image is just perfect :o)

Have a great Thursday everyone...this is my Friday today as I am off work tomorrow. Very excited since it's Atty's last exam and my lil' sister should get her preliminary result for her degree so we're having a celebratory BBQ and I am in charge since my parents are at Ascot all day!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Feeling bubbly...

Afternoon one and all! The sun is shining at the moment in Sussex and fingers crossed it will stay that way! Sun always puts me in a good mood!

Yesterday I got round to making a card and I wanted to make a card to send to Atty's cousin whose son has just been discharged from hospital as he had undergone a heart operation - he's only young but he's a real fighter! I didn't want to send a traditional 'get well' card or 'thinking of you' so bubbles were the order of the day for this underwater themed card and Changito seemed like the perfect stamp to use. It's these types of cards that make me want to go on holiday!

Cheeky Changito complete with glittery seaweed and an inquisitive fishy friend..

This starfish looks happy doesn't he!

Mr seahorse blowing a few bubbles...

Bit out of focus but this epoxy greeting looks fab...

Close up of changito who was coloured in with Promarkers...

Wanted to use circles of card to look like bubbles too...

My nan has just asked me to make some invites for my Grandad's 80th birthday celebration so I must get cracking with some ideas for that soon....amongst various other things!

Anyway, hope everyone has a lovely afternoon!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Promarker Offer

Now everyone loves a bargain don't they? Well at the moment, Hobbycraft are offering Promarker sets for £4.74 per pack (saw this in the Hobbycraft at Havant, Hampshire yesterday but guess it is Nationwide!) Just checked online and there are 3 sets available at that price too! Click here. Delivery is free over £30 or £3.99 under £30 UK only.

Can't go wrong for that price!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pink Overload...

Over on the Promarker Challenge blog this week, the theme is Pink Birthday and I completely agree with the DT girls when they say that they expect a lot of entries! I have gone totally overboard with the pink on this card - probably got at least 5 or 6 shades of pink but I kept seeing things on my craft stash that I had to use...maybe I will try and make a simpler card using the theme over the weekend...

Beautiful Tilda covered in roses and glitter...

Finally got round to ordering some gorgeous roses from Wild Orchid Crafts - embellished them with glitter...

Wanted to try something different so I folded some pink ribbon to make it look like a rosette (sort of!)...managed to use lots of buttons and some handmade paper even made an appearance...

Forgot to say that I added a little pearl to the centres of the flowers...

If you are still with me (thank you!) - I fear that the pink overload was in danger of making you ill! Hopefully fit in some card making this weekend as I've got quite a few orders and family birthdays....


Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Howdy Partner!

Good afternoon! At the least the sun has made an appearance and the rain has disappeared...for now! Hope everyone is well. I have been ridiculously busy over the past couple of days (apart from the weekend when I was able to finally fit some crafting time in!) so apologies for the lack of blogging *slaps wrist*....I finish work in just over 3 weeks! Can't believe it :)

So I've bought a few new crafty bits and pieces, one of which was a cute little cowboy stamp from Stamposaurus. I'm definitely getting better at making cards for Kids - I actually found myself struggling to make a girly card about a week ago - what was that all about?! Anyway, back to the stamp. So this little guy was just sitting there waiting to be stamped...I had a bit of free time last night and this is what I came up with...

Such a fun sentiment...and best of all - it matches the theme! Bit of bling on the 'o'...

Lots of different textures and patterns including papers from DCWV and Bo Bunny...

Here is the handsome fellow coloured in with Promarkers...


Funky brads from Making Memories compliment the cowboy/sheriff theme...

I also used shimmer chalk on the bits of brown card - love a bit of glitter!


Hope you like it!