Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tuesday Talk

A scrapbook page today, which is my greatest crafting love, but sadly gets far less response from blogland than my cards.

I used the tic-tac-toe board from 1,2,3 Get Scrappy for this layout - going straight across the middle - red, yellow, blue.


Even for me this is a very clean, simple, pared down page with loads of white space - well it's blue space really - but you know what I mean.  I've probably mentioned before that the photo always takes priority on my pages with journalling a close second.  Although I love to add embellishments and use patterned papers I never want them to overshadow or distract from the photo. Hey, that's just my style!

I absolutely adore this photo of my youngest - at the moment - grandson, emailed to me by my son.  I almost can't bear that he's looking so grown up after a whole year at school, but so far he's retained all of his pre-school character and his spirit - that's the loudness - has yet to be squashed!

Papers: Bazzill Basics blue card; doodlebug, kraft in color
Alphas: Lilybee designs, pinwheel
Stickers:  Lilybee designs, pinwheel

Thanks for spending some of your time looking at my blog today.


Monday, 21 July 2014

Monday Moment

Welcome to a whole new week with all its crafting possibilities!

Today I'm sharing a card I made using the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch and the colours from CAS Colours & Sketches.  Both of these challenges were no brainers for me - the sketch so perfectly CAS and the colours, well I hardly need say, purple!

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/case-this-sketch-85.html     http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/challenge-83-colours.html 

So out came my all time best used stitched mat dies and in no time at all my card was created.  As you can see I kept things very clean and simple with plenty of white space. 

I stamped the leaves and flowers twice using first generation ink for the outlines and second generation for the solid colour.  I stamped the heart, cut it out by hand and mounted it onto pads for dimension.  

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Always & Forever, Background Builders Vines
Inks: Memento, grape jelly, sweet plum, cottage ivy
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

So pleased you visited my blog today, thanks for your time.


Sunday, 20 July 2014

AAA Cards Game 12 - INSPIRE

Did you enjoy last week's window sketch game?  Pop on over to AAA Cards to see if you're the winner of that fantastic Blue Moon voucher.

This week we're going to INSPIRE you with a card to CASE from our lovely design team member Angela.


My eye immediately focussed on the spotty paper, line of flowers and bright colours. I wonder what your initial thoughts will be?

Here's my take on Angela's card. 

I didn't have any long cardstock so I made a sort of mini version inside a 5"x7" landscape card. I kept the line of black spotty paper, but that vibrant pink centre flower on Angela's card kept winking at me, so I added an extra mat of pink polka dots for fun.  The sentiment echoes Angela's sentiment too.

I made the flowers in the same way as yesterday's card which I blogged about here. I chose the colours to echo the flower centres on Angela's card.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Bridal Bouquet, sentiment from Pretty Petals Plus
Inks: SU, melon mambo, daffodil delight, pear pizzazz, old olive; Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles; Clearly Besotted, Tag Along

So that's a little insight into how my brain was working as I put my card together. Can't wait to see what you come up with and find out how you create cards.  Thanks for visiting today, hope you're feeling INSPIRED and ready to enter our game. Need more? Check out the cards from the other DT members here.
And since I've been chatting about flowers I just want to share this photo before I say good-bye.  It was taken in my garden yesterday afternoon and I was so blown away with the quality of my phone camera I needed to share it. Just look at all those little hairs on the stem!

 Once again thanks for looking and also for indulging my photo taking enthusiasm. Love my phone!


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Saturday Slot

I've had such a busy week ferrying people to appointments every day, apart from Thursday when I escaped to the hils of Derbyshire.  So I'm looking forward to a bit of a slow down over the weekend and hopefully into next week too!

So to kick start the weekend today's card is clean, simple and relaxed just as I intend to be.  I made it during one of the brief spells I was actually at home and used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. It's such a me sort of sketch and I really enjoyed chilling out in my craftroom stamping, cutting and sticking this card.

I got to use loads of my favourites - stitched dies, stamped banners, pretty pinks - and also tried out a new stamp set that involves a double stamping of both the flowers and leaves.

And here's a closer look at the detail.  There is a die for the flowers and leaves, but as it's out of stock at the moment I hand cut them instead. Am thinking they look fine.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Bridal Bouquet, Diagonal Stripes & sentiment from Pretty Petals Plus
Inks: SU, melon mambo, pear pizzazz, old olive; Memento, angel pink, tuxedo black
Dies: Clearly Besotted, Tag Along; Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles; lawn fawn, stitched party banners

Thanks for dropping by today.  Have a brilliant and relaxing weekend.


Friday, 18 July 2014

Friday Focus

I've not played at Color Throwdown for a while and decided it was time to renew my acquaintance with them.  The colours this week are so calm and soothing, so I tried to keep my card simple and in keeping.


This new flower stamp from Clearly Besotted is made in three layers.  First the background colour, soft sky, then the accent colour, calypso coral and finally the outline colour, London fog. I don't have crumb cake, but it looked sort of greeny beige on screen so I used pear pizzazz instead.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Swset Rose
Inks: SU, calyso coral, soft sky, pear pizzazz; Memento, London fog
Die: lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Embellishmentsa: The Hobby House pearls, The Blues

Well I'm off out now for another round of trying to find a solution to replacing my dad's bath with a shower. You'd think this was not too difficult, but let me tell you it's eating into my time big and is a very frustrating process. If I ever find a solution that works, he can afford and can be started soonish I'll let you know!

Thanks for visiting today, it's much appreciated.


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Thursday Thoughts

A simple little card to share today that fits the bill for three challenges. The layout is from Sketch Saturday, the colours from ColourQ and the theme from CASology.



So as is my usual way I've shrunk the sketch to make it more my style and used one of the really cute cat stamps from Penny Black as my pet image.

The banners and twine use three of the accent colours and the stamps and button provide the black element.

Stamps: Penny Black, purrfect day; Clearly Besotted, Diagonal Stripes
Inks: SU, tempting turquoise, calypso coral; Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles; Clearly Besotted, Tag Along
Embellishments: btton & twine

A bit short and sweet today - about to head out for a day trip.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and spending a little time with me.


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Wednesday Words

A card to share with you all today. I've used the theme from The Male Room and the colours from The Card Concept but my own layout for this card.

I'm thinking my card fits this definition from The Card Concept:

 1. Clean and Simple (CAS)


  • One main image
  • Lots of open space (uncluttered)
  • Limited layers & embellishments
  • Quick & easy to recreate

Grab our button for your blog                   http://thecardconcept.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/challenge-14-colour-challenge.html 

So maybe you've guessed the theme from The Male Room?  Well not just football, but any games the guys enjoy. I've used this digi stamp many times before - you know the story of my male dominated life - and decided it was time to give it another airing.  The best thing about digi stamps - apart from the low cost - is that you can size them to fit whatever project you're into.

The colours were vibrant and in keeping with the theme and I got to use my new stash of perfectly matched card, inks and pens from Stampin' Up - absolutely one of their strongest selling points. 

And of course a couple of my 'go to' items are also on this card - the Lil'inker stitched mat die and Clearly Besotted stamps and dies.

Stamps: Cuddly Buddly, Karen Middleton digi stamp footie boy - find here; Clearly Besotted, Say It In Style & Diagonal Stripes
Inks: SU, bermuda bay, real red; Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: Clearly Besotted, Tag Along; Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Card: SU, bermuda bay
Pens: Promarkers & SU stamp'n write

So pleased that you had time to drop by my blog today, thank you!