Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pink Baby


Mmm not sure I got the colours right here with the flowers and I used Lawn Fawn snowflakes for theirs centres. The papers are some old My Minds Eye that I'm trying to use.

The heart border is also from Lawn Fawn to make it you have to use two of their border dies that come in the set of three.

Of course my cute baby is from LOTV and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp along with their word die which I used fun foam to save me layering card.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pool Fun


This is another seaside layout that uses the same Echo Park collection as last week and the two pages reside side by side in my Album.

Of course the cutie is of course my nephew on his hols in Spain.  The title is cut from a Cricut and the ice cream and the sun are both from Simon Says Stamp but unfortunately the sun is now retired. The rest is from the actual paper collection.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Happy Anniversary


Its a midway reminder for Penny Black Saturday Challenge for Wedding or Anniversary card and this is mine. I've used Penny Black Efflorence and rather than colour I've just left white but I added some tiny beads in the centre to bring interest. Years ago you were able to buy Micro Beads but the company is no more so I've taken to use ones that are used for Nail Art and they are just the same.

The last swirl is a Penny Black one and I do like how I can cut it down and use random bits so it gives me a corner florish. The sentiment I'm afraid is not a Penny Black but a LOTV and its stamped much clearer than you can see here.

I decided on the Kraft card because I knew the white would look striking against it.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Crochet Update


We are going to spend a few days in Cornwall soon and I want to be making square on the journey but I have completed all my other ones so I've had to put them to one side and work out the colours of my next lot of afghan square.

This one is called Sunrise Beach from Jen Tyler and its free. I found it very complicated and there are a least two rows that I couldn't for the life of me work out the pattern but muddle through and I may be doing it wrong!

The wool is Stylecraft Special DK and I'm going to make a blue square as well which is why there is a bit of blue on the yellow one which is bugging me at the moment but hopefully will work out once I used Pink on the Blue.

I just like to say that the white borders that I seeing on my PC is actually cream and hoping to get a more cottage garden feel colours.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

King for the Day


Ok I've had enough of mens card, I pretty certain I still have some to make but they will have to take a back seat, trying to work out embellisments is making my brain hurt.

I haven't used Mo's King for the Day for ages, love paper piecing the chair. I used the Stitched curve from MFT and the stars are a combination of MFT and Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Shapes. The papers are My Minds Eye and the sentiment is the one on my desk that lives there permanently.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trio of Penquins

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This week the challenge is

A Bit Of Sparkle 

This week we are showcasing our very own exclusive Simon Says Stamp Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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Aaaaagh the camera lies my Spun Sugar Distress Glitter isn't that orange and apologies for the wonky hand slopes of Stickles Frosted Lace.

Anyway look whats in the house Wild Cuddly Critters which was sold out the first time round, yes you may be seeing a lot more of the Penquin the nearer we get to Christmas.

I decided that three was better than one and how about a shaker card using Falling Snow from Lucy.
I used the Slopes and Hills from Simon Says Stamp along with the Stitched Squares.

The Alexis snowflake and the Christmas Toys for my sentiment are both Simon Says Stamp along with Stitched Banner that my sentiment is in.

Almost forgot the papers are MFT Merry and Bright and I used the Stitched Wavy Scallops again from Simon Says Stamp.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wedding Sketch


I had to make my card in a real hurry, having to get it photo and load it to the Everybody Art challenge last night. I was also a bit lost on what to do with this weeks challenge sketch and wasn't as keen with the papers although I love the Tiddlywinks couple.

In the end I used Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares and Rectangles, also their Bundle of Shapes which has a stitched strip to make the long rectangle.

The Scallop Square is from MFT and Hearts are Penny Black. I've used glitter card to match in the glitter on pattern paper which are some old ones.

Now that the silicone is dry I can now glitter the bride dress which I couldn't do yesterday.

Another rush to make another challenge card today.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bucket and Spade


Can't believe how much this little chap has changed and that he goes to school in September. The photos are ones my sister has, every now and then I download them so I can scrap them too.

This layout was made at the March retreat and I've since forgotten the papers although it looks like I use the wave sheet and cut it down added some Simonsays Stamp boat die and Taylored Expression sand castles dies.

A sticker ticket strip and small blue word most have come from scrapbooking collection but the letters I think could be Simply Create possibly brought from Scrap Cafe or Hobbycraft.

I was hoping for at least three layouts  made yesterday but ended up with one that looks like one I have already done and one almost done but left the small red pearls I needed at home.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Purrfect Day


One of the things I did this week is to colour some images including this cute chap from a clear set which also had the purrfect sentiment.

Yes the pattern paper is Doodlebug and I love the colourful dotty page which I used the Simon says Stamp Bundle of Shapes for the large stitched rectangle, also their Stitched Circles for my image mat but used a Nestabilities die for coloured mat underneath.

The flowers and swirl are both from MFT and to finish a bit of ribbon and a flat bow, fingers crossed it will fit normal post.

Off to the Scrap Cafe Bracknell crop for a bit scrapbooking, I'm on Christmas 2014 so all my favourite Christmas dies coming along too.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Crochet Update


Here are all the colours for my Baby Blanket, I'm actually bored with the pattern now it is quite easy to do. I still need 10 squares and it will be time to joining them. With a trip away soon and a long drive I've already planned my next blanket Sunshine Beach Square from Jen Tyler.

Colours have been decided and I'm awaiting an order from Wool Warehouse with some of the colours I don't have of Stylecraft Special DK and I added the new ones that I couldn't get when they were first realised.




Thursday, May 11, 2017

Big Guy Golfer


I'm still struggling on with my men cards and with time, so a CAS with Mo's image of Big Guy Golfing is the answer for the moment.

The sketch was this weeks Mojo Monday when I realised that the fish tail banners are suppose to under the patterned paper mat. There was me thinking I could enter a challenge before it ran out.

The letters are a Memory Box alphabet die set and the stamped you is an old Simon Says Stamp not sure if its still available. I also used Simon Says stamp Stitched Rectangle give a simple card some interest round the large main image mat.

I'll like say I'm done with men cards but I think I still have a few more to do, plus this year is all about Wedding and Babies. There is a even more important card I must do, A New Home. Finally my DD has exchanged contracts, although will still have her under our roof, while she and her Dad decorate and I'll supervise.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bella Balloons

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Hint Of Pink Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is

Going Dotty  

This week we are showcasing Stamping Bella Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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I love Stamping Bella stamps and I had quite a few to choose from in the end I decided on Tiny Townie Blossom love Balloons nearly forgot the challenge was to go dotty but I found some in the Doodlebug Cream and Sugar pad.  Apologies since checking the shop this pad as now sold out but has you can see with my card I've only used one dotty page and most Doodlebug papers have a least one dotty page so you can colour accordingly.

I went for a panel and added strips of colour and using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Scallops die added them down the side of the panel to add interest. I only wish I had decided to use the Memory Box Stitched clouds ( can't find these now in the shop but this is the link to clouds die) before adding the scallop and would have show the stitching.

Finally I added some Memory Box Flying Gulls using scraps of black card given even more impression she flying high up in the sky.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Quick Mens Card


Blasted mens card it seems I'm always making them and we all know how easy they are NOT. I saw a card on Pinterest and this is my version of it.

I used the Simon says Stamp Stitched Scallop Borders for both my bits of Doodlebug paper. Stamped the sentiment directly to the card where I thought it should go. Trim the card a bit smaller than the card to give my card a white edge.

I think the stars are from MFT and Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Shapes star die. It was a quick card and easy to do


Sunday, May 07, 2017

Scrapbooking



It was NSD yesterday but most scrapbookers are making a weekend of it, not me I had cards to make. But I thought I ought to add a Scrapbooking page or two this weekend and I do have some in my drafts but decided as these two go together, two was better than one.

The papers are Echo Park possibly a couple of years old and the Best Day Ever title is from Simon Says Stamp and no doubt will become a well used die. Snowflakes Simon Says Stamp dies too.


This was a tricky page because I wanted to show the outside pics as well as the ones we took in Ice House and to get a balance was the tricky bit. Then I had to stop adding bits before it became too much.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Good Luck


Ahhh the crooked photographer can never understand why my cards are crooked according to grid on my camera its staight but when I download it the blasted card is crooked.

Never mind I'm pretty sure you can work out how cute my little Dixie is from Mo Manning. I could of paper pieced her the dress, scarf and hat are an ideal size for doing so, maybe next time.

Yes my papers are Doodlebug including the Memory Box flowers and my favourite leaves from Memory Box too. The Good Luck is from Impression Obession I think and cut a few times to layer so it really stands out.

There's a new Anything Goes Challenge on DP2, it will be great if you can join us this month.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Triple Frame

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
We will be back soon with the lucky winners of the $50 Vouchers
This week the challenge is

A Hint Of Pink 

This week we are showcasing Hero Arts Products . You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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I brought some new pink mini inks for this challenge from Hero Arts called Flower Petal Bold so in theory I could use any stamp and use the inks but in the end I may have overdosed on Hero Arts.

So first stamping with three of the mini inks I stamped the Hero Arts Leafy Vines and I decided to use the Simon Say Stamp Stitched Rectangles which allows me to triple layer without the halo you get if you cut and layered and then stamp.  I added a bit of plain card behind each layer to high light each layer.

My flower is another Hero Arts stamp called Antique Rose Stem but I discarded the buds and stem.
At this point I had already worked out my card was looking busy but I need something to stand out so I decided to use the Hero Arts Handmade Tags.

Finally I used Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing sentiments stamp set and I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners because I could fit it all in the stamp sentiment frame.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Use a Photograph


The new challenge on Everybody Art Challenge is to us a Photograph, well that is so out of my comfort zone.

I have realised I use a photographs for scrapbooking so why didn't I use a layout I had already done doh. But no my poor brain could only think I needed a card for a challenge!!!

First I thought a Vintage photo but then my brain started to stir and remembered the adorable photo my niece let me have of my nephew isn't it soooo cute and its not obvious who he is but I know.

I printed on matt card and I attempted to use a frame stencil which didn't work, I did cut out a circle to over the image which gives a bit of halo effect. At the time of making the card I was a bit unwell, the antibiotics as now sorted that out which is why my creativity mojo was seriously missing.

So I cut out several Lawn Fawn snowflakes in fun foam and a bit of red and added pearls to complete them. Then it was a case how many can I add to my card.

I found the layout I made using the same the photograph.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Delmelza update


Here's my Demelza blanket finished, the extra little green squares worked but I could of made more rows the same colour for main middle square it looks a bit stripy. If there's a second one I will do so.


I used Stylecraft special double knitting, love their range of colours. I'm now on a baby's blanket with pastel colours and the Faded Love granny square which is a paid pattern.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Cousins


Some really old paper and two photos that I've wanted to scrapbook for ages. Before I went to the retreat I had matched the papers with plain card and stamped my flowers in the different colours. I think the stamp is Stampendous one.

My leaves are Simon says Stamp Clustered leaves they are a great size for 12 inch layouts. The photos are a few Airshow BBQs back not sure on the year.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Efflorence


I did manage to make a Penny Black this week, I paper pieced one of the flowers from the Efflorence stamp set. The papers are some old Doodlebug, you know the ones that are left over because you're not keen on but it turned out OK.

My frame is MFT and I used some beads for the centres. The sentiment die and words are from Simon says Stamp and I cut the word out in fun foam for quickness.

Hopefully I'll get into my craft room today and some point send my photo from my iPad to my PC so I can add an update on my demelza blanket.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Baby Fairy Daffodil


Another quick card even though I cut out Mo's Baby Fairy Daffodil in two parts, the fairy then the flower.
I'm pretty certain I used this sketch before, it must firmly planted in my brain.

The MFT scallop frames are cut with glitter paper no idea why, maybe withdraw symptoms since I haven't made a Christmas card for ages.

The papers are of course Doodlebug it was then I felt a bit lost how to decorate the card. I felt I should have some daffodils but I don't have a die so thats why I decided to used some Stitched Clouds from Memory Box and that seemed to work. The sentiment if from the House Mouse clear stamp set.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Newton Nook


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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Showers and Flowers Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is

Anything Goes

This week we are showcasing Newton's Nook Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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What's better than one Pug that'll be two not sure if my body colour is correct but they still look cute. I've used the fab Newton Nook Pug Hugs even brought the dies too.

Now lets see if I can remember what I used first off the papers are Echo Park I Love Family, one design was wood looking so I cut my Memory Box Birch Tree with it. Now you can really see it but I cut in half, the first bit with the branches stick out the top of my sentiment mat and you can just see the base just below one of the pugs. To make it look a tree I added some leaves with Poppystamps Sprig die. 

I cut my sentiment mat using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and the actual sentiment came with the Pug Hugs stamp set. Once all stuck down I realised I had a large white space the top half of the rectangle and it annoyed me. Orginally I thought of stamping paw prints but didn't have one small enough, will have to rectify that one soon. But I did know I have some paw print dies from Paper Smooches Dog Icon Wise dies, the actual die I used is the one with a paw print inside the circle it was just the right size. The paw print was cut from the scraps left over from cutting the tree.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Grumpy Skater


I need quite a few mens cards just for myself to send and I'll be honest I'm not keen on making them. Not even sure this one works although I love the image from Dr Digi who make brilliant men images.
Oops I've just noticed a bit of leftovers from die is sitting on my sentiment, trust me its not there now.

The papers are really, really old and I made the frame using my Simon Says stamp Stitched Rectangles but added a red mount to help it pop. The stars are Simon Says Stamp and you noticed I've used their Stitched fishtail banner, yes you guessed it didn't stamp well and it had to be replaced. The other sentiment is from Stampin Up seemed perfect for the image.

I getting a bit cheesed off with my health at the moment I seemed be suffering from minor aliments one after the other.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beer Hat


I had the perfect papers for these photos. I had to add the orange because of what my DD is wearing.
The border is a Memory Box die with a sneaky join which even I can't work out.

It's a simple layout to try and speed my scrapbooking up. The title is made up with Cricut letters and Memory Box Alphabet dies.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hedgie Flowers


I'm using my new MFT edging dies not that you can see, my Penny Black image is hiding it along with my Upsy Daisies flowers.

Yes my papers are Doodlebug not sure which pack. I think my leaf swirl die is also MFT.

My image is from a clear stamp set again not sure which and my craft room looks like a bombs hit it so not sure where the stamp set is at the moment. So my first job today is to tidy up.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Beer Dwarf


So I needed a card for my BIL who is known as Grumpy and he does love a drop of beer, so this image called Dwarf 6 from Mo Manning was perfect.

He was a bit of a devil to layer, so parts had to have part tucked under another layer but part still had to be on top but in the end he was worth it. Once the layered were dry I used a silver pen for the diamonds on his wrist bands. When that was dry with a cocktail stick and glossy accents I added a drop into each diamond to give them a realistic look.

The papers are some very old ones, some people who have been scrapbooking many years will recognise Basic Grey I think they were called Vagabond. I brought the beer die from Ally Pally and used a white pen and a gold pen to make my label.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Frames with the MFT Stitched Stars to decorate. The sentiment is one that is left on my desk using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners. Since its a mans card that was pretty much it.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Prima Flowers

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Color Inspiration Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the lucky winners of the $50 Vouchers
This week the challenge is

Showers and/or Flowers 


This week we are showcasing Prima Products . You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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Right lets see if I can remember all the details for my card. First off is the Spellbinders Floral Oval I
think in my craft room this die is rated an essential its the perfect size for my cards and US size cards too.

Before I took it out of the die I covered the frame and torn pieces of paper and cover randomly down the one side and used the Tim Holtz Mini Stencil set 3 with Rose Apple Inkpad and Inkylicious brushes.

I decided to use the stencil to make a strip which I had to move the stencil carefully matching up the previous row of bricks then cover what I had already done, don't forget to cover the hole in the stencil, this was my second strip.

I then had to decide on the leaves, I was hoping to use the Simon Says Stamp Clustered Leaves but the leaves were too large for the dainty Prima Angela Flowers. In the end I used the Memory Box Botanical Leaves twice, one of which as been cut to make the stem shorter. Added the flowers or in my case how many could I used, still have some left even after using all of these.

I couldn't find the sentiment I wanted to use so in the end I got out my Simon Says Stamp Sending Die and the matching stamps Sending and Wishing stamp set. The plan was to stamp directly to the card which I did then promptly needed the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners to stamp on the smaller one and cover up my pants one.

The corner of the Oval I didn't like how my inking turned out so I decided to use a Memory Box Pippin Butterfly with the matching Isabella. I do like a back to my butterflies you hide the tape and sticky square which give my butterflies shape.

Nearly forgot the butterfly body is using Doodlebug  Lily White Sprinkles.

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