Sunday, 27 November 2011



8" square

This was commissioned by the friend I made the card for in the post below. The big day is not until mid December so I still have plenty of time to do my card for her.
I used a sketch for this but, what a divvy, I can't remember where from, duh!

The fashion images are a selection from the All Dressed up CD which I won from an Ooh La La challenge.
I chose this CD as I new it would be very useful
Jean's retirement list is what we think she will be doing now that she has time to herself.

Handmade flower. I made the background with cosmic shimmer mists - bronze blush & bilberry crush and sprayed over with glimmer mist which resulted in a lovely golden sheen which doesn't show in the pic.
I put the paper through a CB folder before I cut out the flower to add a bit of interest
I would like to get some more cosmic shimmer mists but I have such trouble with them. They are lovely but after a few uses the sprayer packed in and I ended up dabbing the colours on to the paper. Very messy but a nice result .

This is what I put on the box, lol. There is a reference to witches on the insert - requested by the friend who commissioned  the card :-)

Other stuff
Gorgeous lace from Linda, Funky Junkie's Etsy store
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Corner cut from gold mirri card
Handmade stick pin
Die cut circles
Ribbon and feather from stash

Bearly Mine #24 - all my favourite things - flowers, lace,  ribbon, pearls
Alphabet Challenge - V for very vibrant
CYDA #34 - buttons or bows
Crafts & Me #62 - shabby chic/vintage
MAWTT - ribbons & bows
OLLCB #93 - bingo - pearls, flowers,lace
PCJ  #17 - anything goes

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Take it easy


For a friend who retires at the end of the month

Main BP - Crafty Ann's pale brown from the Polished Stone collection, overstamped with
Script stamp by Prima from Joanna Sheen
Rose Pink silk ribbon  - Linda, Funky Junkie's  Etsy shop
Pearls - MeiFlower
Aster daisy - Wild Orchid
Image -origin unknown
All words computer generated
Tag cut with the smallest scallop oval nestie and hung with
Gold thread

Penny's PCC #67 - tie it on (the tiny 'enjoy' tag)
Anything Goes # 54 - a real sweetie
OSAAT #89 - anything goes

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Monday, 21 November 2011

Wrestling for Grandson


Gone are the days of  Ballamorie, Spongebob and Ben 10 - now he is mad on wrestling and this is his favourite wrestler, John Cena :-/

I've gone entirely digital for these three cards.
These were not all that quick to make -  it took some time to compose them in Serif PPx2. I then printed on to photo paper. Only one layer - neat!

This one is from Mum & Dad - I personalised a medallion - big eh, the original was the same size - must be made of plastic, lol

This is from my DD, his aunty and family.

This one from us, grandma & Grandad - I made the background with a WWF logo  to keep with this years theme/fad

Allsorts #130 - one layer card
OSAAT #89 - anything goes
Paperminutes #191 - childrens birthday

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8th Birthday


BP - free from crafting mag
Stamped flowers embossed with seafoam EP
Glittered strip with narrow ribbon
Computer generated sentiment

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Saturday, 19 November 2011

75th Birthday

Comission from my neighbour for her dad's 75th birthday

Handmade sentiment circle well distressed with vintage photo and cut around with pinking shears.
I went over some parts with gold pentouch. The diecut numbers fixed to the star cut from a stencil

Bearly Mine #23 - one for the boyz
Craft Challenge #129 - stars in your eyes

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Friday, 18 November 2011

Crafty Ann's Challenge #54


Sketch and/or monochrome

Apologies for the short post but I've had  major computer problems but I hope they are solved now :-(

I do like to work with a sketch and also like monochrome so I am very happy with this challenge.

The main backing paper is from the funky collection. I used parchment for the four squares  and the main image - morning glory and trellis. The four small flowers are traced from the large image and coloured for the first time. I used bryunzeel pencils and alcohol - maybe not the method used by the experienced parchers but I am happy with the result. I added small pearls to the centres of the small flowers  and I've defined the four segments with satin ribbon

Close up of the centre panel.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
CYDA #33 - embellishment bingo - peearls,  ribbon, flowers
Diva's by Design #15 - monochromatic

I hope you will play along with us and our sketch/monochromatic challenge

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

80th Birthday

A commission for the 80th birthday of a retired headmaster and my 500th post, whoopee :-)

I inked up a page from an old encyclopedia with vintage photo DI and layered it on to BP from For the Record  from Raspberry Road. The words at the bottom right are defintions of words to do with education.

I made a calendar and circled the date. I think the 'book' cover was a freebie from Dover but not sure - I removed the title and digitally replaced with the happy birthday message.

The die cut 80 is on a lovely flourishey frame from the shapeabilities fleur de lis accents set.

Whimsey #13 - monochromatic - missed it!!

Creatalicious #27 - distress your edges
Let's Craft & Create #32 - reduce, reuse, recycle
My Partner in Crafting Crime #35 - use a freebie - book cover and used a page from a  book
For Fun Challenges - a very special birthday
CYP #83 - anything goes + brown
Crafty Catz # 107 - anything goes

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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Parchment Lilies


My very poor attempt with parchment. I really must try and get some tuition. There are some excellent online craft tutorials for lots of techniques, but I definitely need a hands on workshop for this parchment craft lark, lol.
I only have the minimum basic tools so that doesn't help, but if/when I improve I'll invest in some more.
The pattern I used was quite small so I had the brilliant idea of scanning it and enlarged it to A5 in my graphics programme - well, I'm pleased that worked :-)
I hope my friend doesn't look too closely to see what a bad job I made of this. I am not happy with it but gave it to her anyway 'cos it took ages and I was doing it especially for her.
The corner looked bare so I added a double organza bow and some stick on pearls to the flourishes.

The Corrosive Challenge #136 - use a flourish
Dream Valley #19 - anything goes - 3rd entry
Papertake Weekly - anything goes

This one was less stressful.

And another similar to the one in a previous post

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Friday, 4 November 2011

Flower Frenzy - CACB #53


this fortnight is 
Floral Frenzy

For anyone who love flowers this is a super challenge and right up my street :-)

For the main BP I have used the pale brown  from the polished stone collection - I LOVE this colour :-)
The flowers are the short petal digi and are made from funky collection 1- and sooo easy to make. My way is to print the digi on to the back of your chosen paper, cut out, go around the edges with an ink pad, shape by curling the petals then layer together and put something pretty in the centre.
The frame is from Ann's metallic collection. I cut out the centre and layered it with silicone over the computer generated sentiment . All these can be found at Ann's digi shop here.

I've used three layers for the flowers and finished off by filling the centres with a liberal helping of cosmic shimmer glitter jewels - just a posh name for chunky glitter, lol.

I made a double bow with this pretty ribbon I found hiding at the bottom of the ribbon drawer. I needed a flourish so glamour dusted this one using the fab TH die. Distressed edges with vintage photo inkpad
Lace from my stash and a bit of bling and voila - a card for DD's friend's birthday tomorrow.

It will be great if you can join in and treat us to a Flower Frenzy because I'm looking forward to seeing your flowery creations.
If you are in need of inspiration go see my DT buddies super designs over at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog 

 I'd also like to enter these challenges
The Corrosive Challenge #136 - with a flourish
Crafty Cardmakers #55 - colour combo - pink, brown, cream
Dream Valley #19 - anything goes
Papertake Weekly  - anything goes - plus a bit of bling
The Pink Elephant #123 - distressing

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Wednesday, 2 November 2011



Sadly one of many I have to make this week.

Our 36yr old nephew died on Saturday and our friend's son who is also our DD's close friend's husband died on Monday. Two young men in two days :-(

When I have to make one of these sad cards I often use this digi from Pink Petticoat - I love it's simplicity.

The bakers twine is from my gorgeous winnings from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop, for winning a Charisma Cardz  Challenge back in Sept. Not only beautiful ribbons but some buttons and heart pins too - just yummy - thank you so much.

Getting out the stash and making cards can be so therapeutic when you're feeling sad.

Charisma Cardz #43 - anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey #22 - use a digi

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