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Friday, 21 June 2013

Happy Fathers Day

I know I'm a bit late posting this but to be perfectly honest I totally forgot to photograph my cards to my Dad and Father-in-law and have had to go back to them and ask if I can take a picture.  What a scatter brain eh?

This card was started last year when I attended a workshop hosted by the lovely Maria Simms using Clarity stamps.  I thought it was about time I finished it and what better event than Fathers Day!

This card was for my Father-in-law and he loved it although he doesn't like to celebrate Fathers day we still like to give him a card, after all without his help Mark (my other half) wouldn't be here would he!

Materials used:
Stamp - small fobwatch
Adirondack ink - lettuce
Splodge mask - steam clock
Card Candi - Saville Row

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Joanna Sheen - Fathers day - DAILY TALENT SPOT
Pollycraft - anything goes
Cards For Men - boys will be boys
Creative Creations - masculine
Lexi's Creations - fathers day

xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx

Friday, 14 June 2013

Button Up

It's Friday again so that means I can indulge myself in a bit of crafting as it's my day off, yeah!  What do I do first?  Do I have a play with my Gelli plate or dig out some of those (dare I say it) uninked stamps? Or do I carry on categorising my stamps?  I've bought loads of Really Useful Boxes and they're already half full.  It'd be great to be able to see exactly what I've got and maybe find new homes for those stamps that are no longer used and feel a bit unloved!

It's also challenge day over at Fussy and Fancy where the theme of our new challenge is "BUTTON UP".  I've had this cupcake material laying about for ages and this challenge lent itself to a huge button being placed on top of the cupcake just like a huge cherry.  I think it works quite well!!!!

We'd love to see you playing along with this challenge and the design team have got some great inspiration for you too. Don't forget - button up!!!

Material used:
Papers - First Edition: Spring Feast
Papers - First Edition: Dreamcatcher
Distress ink - shabby shutters
Punch - Martha Stewart: Double Loops
Buttons, lace & card from my stash

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

A Little Bit Crafty - something sweet
In The Pink - flowers
Papercraft Star - photo inspiration
Bearly Mine - anything goes

xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Anniversary Rose

Here we are at the beginning of another month and I'm all refreshed after my holiday in Cyprus.  It was great to recharge the batteries and enjoy loads of sunshine and spend some quality time with Mark as well.  Fingers crossed that the good weather continues so that we can tidy up the garden as it'd got a bit out of shape whilst we've been away.

Whilst out there yesterday we had a couple of visitors, the robin was so tame that you had to be careful when moving about so that you didn't stand on it.  The sparrows were tweeting away at us too because they couldn't get to the bird food.


Anyway back to business and as it's the first of the month we've got another new challenge starting today over at the Clarity Stamp Challenge.  Come and join in with us and you could be in with a chance of winning a £50 Clarity voucher just for playing along and doing what you enjoy!  You know you want to don't you?

What better inspiration could you get than to sit and watch Barbara Gray on the TV today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday).  So tune into Create and Craft on Sky channel 671 between 11.00 and 13.00 today, then 09.00 and 11.00 tomorrow and again between 14.00 and 15.00 for tips, techniques and loads of samples from the design team.

The new challenge, which will run throughout June, is "MR & MRS".  As it's wedding season we've dedicated this challenge to all of those happy couples who will be tying the knot.  We've also expanded it to include wedding anniversaries too so that, even if you're not attending a wedding this year, you can treat your other half to a special card or maybe even your son/son-in-law or daughter/daughter-in-law.

Here's the card that I've made for the challenge which also fitted with a commission that I received from a work colleague for her parents 40th wedding anniversary, but if you want inspiration overload pop over to the challenge blog and see what the talented design team have created too.

a close up of the rose with glossy accents added
to look like dew drops on the petals

Materials used:
Stamp - large rose
coloured with promarkers
accented with glossy accents
Sentiment - rose verse
Perfect pearls - perfect pearl
Stamp - number set
Distress ink - worn lipstick
Adirondack - red pepper
Card candi - Saville Row

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Whimsy Stamps - anything goes
Creative Inspirations - anything goes
Card Makin Mamas - rubber stamps
Crafts 4 Eternity - 3 x same letter (red, rose romance)
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Crafting For All Seasons - wedding/anniversary
Creative Moments - lots of layers

xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx