Swing Time

Thursday, 31 March 2011
Good evening all! I know this is a late post from me but I know I'm going to have trouble sleeping tonight so I thought I would get on and post this whilst I was still up.  For those of you that know I've been having trouble with my back, I'm going into hospital tomorrow for a Caudal Epidural.  It is just a day case but requires a general anaesthetic due to the placement of this.  I am unable to have a normal epidural under a local because of all my previous spinal surgery.  This is another attempt to control the pain that I have been suffering.  If this fails then I will be looking at more surgery.  It's an early start for me as I have to be at the hospital for 7:30am!

Anyway, enough doom and gloom, my main reason for posting was to show a card that I made for an order.  The card is for a friends partner who celebrates her birthday tomorrow.  She is a dog lover and I didn't have many stamps so I thought I would treat myself to some Lili of the Valley stamps and couldn't resist the adorable stamp called Swing Time.   The other criteria was that her favourite colours were purple and green.

 I know the colours look slightly washed out in the photos, no matter what I did, I couldn't get them to any better without over saturating.  I really loved this card as the colours are all nice pastel shades!  The DP is from an old free My Minds Eye pad with a crafting magazine.  The sentiment is one of the great circular sentiment stamps also from Lili of the Valley.  I can't believe this is the first time that I've used them!

I know I've not included the details list like I have been doing recently, but I think I've mentioned most things in the post.  I can't type much longer as my cat, Bozzy, is trying to walk across the keys!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

The Sweet Stop - Sketch
Lili of the Valley - Spring

Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.  I hope to do some major blog catching up whilst resting over the weekend!

xx :0)

Penny Black Saturday - Recycled!

Saturday, 26 March 2011
Good morning all, at least I hope it is as I've scheduled this post because I'm currently in Durham visiting my sister for the first time since she moved!

I can't believe my time on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge has come to an end! This is my last week and I've had such an amazing time! I'd like to apologies to to the ladies for not having gotten round to commenting on your gorgeous creations for Spring but I've had a sudden mad influx of orders! You wait ages for one to come along then you receive 6 in a week!!!  I will be posting them over a period once they've been finished!

Anyway, onto this weeks Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  This week we would like to see something recycled on your card or creation! This was a bit of a struggle for me as I'm not a massive hoarder of things and the only one thing that I could think of was the ribbon that I'd used on my homemade Christmas cake last year! Those of you on Facebook may have seen this cake!  Anyway, this meant only one thing, it had to be a Christmas card that I created!

I know, the bow is possibly too big but it was the smallest that I could make it on my Bow Easy due to the width of the ribbon.

Sorry for the lack of details but I'm writing this post just before I leave for my train!  If you have any questions, please ask and I'll get back to you!

Beth, thanks again for inviting me onto the team for March, you're a diamond!

Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.

xx :0)

Spring has Sprung!

Saturday, 19 March 2011
Good morning to you! I hope that you have got a lovely weekend planned and that weather stays kind to you.

It's time for another Penny Black Saturday Challenge for you all!  With the moving of the clocks to British Summer Time in just over a week, it means that Spring is just around the corner so our challenge is Spring is Sprung.  We want to see lots of lovely cards relating to Spring so you can bring out all those lovely colours and flowers and use them to your hearts content.

I took the chance to use an old stamp that was probably in the one of the first batches of Penny Black stamps that I purchased and has been quite a while since it was last used.  I've also had these Papermania Rose Garden Papers for about a year and this is the first time I've used them too.

Stamp: Duckling - Penny Black; Inks: Copics & Memento Tuxedo Black
CS & DP: Core'dinations & Papermania Rose Garden
Tools: Martha Stewart Punch, Swiss Dots CB Folder & Oval & Scallop Nesties
Embellishments: Rose - Wild Orchid Crafts, Sentiment - Craftwork Cards & Gems - Stash

How cute is he? I can't believe he's been left neglected for so long!

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

AiFactory - Things with Wings
Crafty Sentiments - Animals
Southern Girls - Use Flowers
Creative Cottage - Spring has Sprung
Simon Says Stamp - Happy Birthday!
Penny Black @Allsorts - Welcome Spring
Sketch & Stash - Sketch

Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.


Teddy Stampers #32 - Embossing

Friday, 18 March 2011
Good Afternoon, yay it's Friday!! The weekend is only a matter of hours away!

Being Friday also means that it's time for another Teddy Stampers Challenge.  I'm going to admit now that, for some reason, I got my challenges mixed up and was looking at another one on our list for the coming weeks and only just realised that I still qualified for this week, which is embossing!  Phew!  Slap my wrist though as I have been a bit disorganised the past couple of weeks as I've had things going on away from cardmaking that have been distracting me.

Apologies for the lack of infom about the card but I'm rushing this whilst at work!  If anyone would like any details, please let me know and I'll glady respond!

Thank you for dropping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.  I will be trying my best to visit everyone's blogs over the weekend!

xx :0)

GDT - PBSC #142 - Think Green

Saturday, 12 March 2011
Good morning all, I hope you're looking forward to your weekend, they certainly go quick enough!

It's my 2nd week as a guest designer on Penny Black Saturday and I'm loving it!  Thank you to everyone that took part in last weeks challenge.

This week with St Patrick's Day on Thursday we want you to think Green! This wasn't so easy for me as green isn't one of my favourite colours and I was looking at my stamps wondering which ones would work with the colour.  I ended up going back to one of my earlier PB stamps.

Stamp: Spring Parade - Penny Black; Sentiment - Elzybells; Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copics
CS & DP: Core'dinations, Nana's Nursery - DCWV; Tools: Daisies  Embossing Folder- Crafts Too, Tags & Circle - Nesties
Embellishments: Ribbon, Gemstones & Brads - Stash

I decided to have a go at making a Step Card after seeing this beautiful card and tutorial by Heather.  It wasn't the easiest card to photograph and I'm not sure whether I should have used thicker card to make it sturdier
The lil chicks don't appear to have much shading but I can assure you that IRL they do! This card is for my boss, Christine's, birthday which happens to fall on St Paddy's Day.  I hope she likes it!

Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.

xx :0)

GDT - PBSC #141 - More than one fold

Saturday, 5 March 2011
Good Morning all!! I can't believe that I can finally say this out loud......the lovely Beth emailed me a few weeks ago and asked if I'd like to be March Guest Designer on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!  Me?!?  I've had a massive smile on my face ever since I found out!

Our challenge for this week is to make a card with more than 1 fold.  I chose to make a diamond fold card.  I've only made one before, at a card class last year.  As this is only 4" square once closed, I wanted to keep any embellishments to an absolute minimum so as not to clutter it.

Stamps: Looking at You & Thinking of You - Penny Black; Ink: Copics
CS: Bazzil CS; Tools: Just My Type - CB Border Folders

I took extra shots as the sentiment wasn't showing on the main image.  As I said, it's very simple, not a lot on the card.

Please check out the amazing DT cards and I hope you will join us.

Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.


A Plea for Help!

Thursday, 3 March 2011
Sorry I've not been around the past little while.  My little furry boy Bozzy hasn't been that well.  At 20 years of age we took no chances and got him to the vets.  They think he might have got a bug (despite not going out) which upset his tummy.  This has meant that he has wanted lots of cuddles from his mummy all the time which has had a knock on effect with my blog hopping and crafting.

My plea for help is for ideas for a mother's day card I've been asked to make.  It's for a new mum from the baby.  The baby itself is due at the end of the month, just before Mother's Day but my colleague has asked for a card in the hope that it's not late!   I'm not really too sure what I should do for the card as I'm usually cutesy but I don't know if I have any images that would be classed as suitable.

If anyone has any suggestions, they would be really appreciated!