Sunday, 17 January 2016

Things with Wings - Sweet Stampin' Challenge

Hello everyone :o)

This should have been posted yesterday, so I apologise for running so late, but yesterday was my 40th birthday and I just didn't get chance to pick up the laptop all day!

I don't feel bad about turning 40, although Dex did sweetly point out that I'm now 4 decades old lol.  My dad was very ill when I was growing up, and his aim was to get to his 40th birthday (he had marfan syndrome)... he missed it by 6 months, so I'm grateful that I got there, and still a little sad that he didn't.

Sooo... onto this week's challenge at Sweet Stampin', where we'd like to see your 'things with wings'.  We're sponsored by Craft's and Me this week.

This one was fun to make... I picked out one of the butterflies from a Clearly Besotted set (which doesn't seem to be available now, although this set is similar), made a mask using a post it note, and then stamped a butterfly border.  Coloured it with copics, and then added a sentiment from the same set.

I had a fab birthday... we wrapped up warm and went to Filey, had a freezing cold walk on the beach with the kids and dog, and went for fish and chips of course!  On the way back to Sheffield it started to snow, but we'd planned on spending the evening at my mum's so we went anyway... the journey back was a bit scary as the snow was starting to settle and the roads were very slippy.  Snow looks so pretty, but it's better when you don't have to drive anywhere!

I got lots of lovely pressies and cards, had flowers delivered, money to kit out my new craft room when (if?!) the building work's completed, and a Samsung tablet that I'm hoping will make it easier to visit everyone's blogs.  And while we were out the extension was being fitted with its new windows and doors, so it looks almost finished from the outside now... exciting!

Right, I think I've waffled on long enough!  Off to play with my tablet and visit some of your blogs... thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely day :o)

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Something New - Sweet Stampin' Challenge

Well helloooo!  Long time no post eh?

The extension was originally scheduled to be finished at the end of November... which was then revised to 'before Christmas', so I had planned a fresh start for this year, with cardmaking and blogging all hopefully getting back to normal.... BUT the extension is still not finished :o(  I'm trying not to be too grumpy about it, as it's going to be fab when it's done... but I really am ready to get everything back to normal NOW!!!  And I'm sick of making tea....

Anyway, so Abi kindly said I could return to Sweet Stampin', and I thought January would be perfect... it should have been lol!  Our challenge is Something New (stash or event)... a wedding is a new beginning, right?  There's a fab goody bag prize for one lucky winner. 

I've used a gorgeous Stamping Bella stamp, coloured with copics... I'm SO rusty with these now, and keep daydreaming about the desk I'm going to set up just for colouring in my lovely new room lol.  The papers are from LOTV, corner dies are Whimsy (I think) and I added some sparkly silver Doodlebug enamel dots.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and Happy New Year too!  Fingers crossed I'll be around a bit more often very soon.

Thanks for popping in :o)

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Swirl Christmas Tree - DigiStamp Boutique

Hello everyone :o)

Here's a couple of cards (ok, so it's the same card, just in different colours!) using the gorgeous Snowy Backgrounds and the Swirl Christmas Tree cutting file, which will be available soon from DigiStamp Boutique.

The snowy backgrounds were printed on linen card and I added Glamour Dust to the 'hills'.  I cut 3 trees for each card, using my Cameo, and layered them up for a bit of dimension, then sprayed the top layer with Spray & Sparkle.  I wanted something sparkly for the top of the tree but couldn't find quite the right thing, which considering the amount of stuff in my craft room is slightly ridiculous... but anyway!  So I started with black enamel dots, covered them in Glossy Accents, then sprinkled on some fine black glitter.  The sentiment is an old one from Elzybells (now closed... I miss that shop!).

Off to have a little wander around your blogs... hope you all have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Buzz Owl & Branch Background - DigiStamp Boutique

Hello everyone :o)

Today's card was for a friend to give to her little girl... she loves owls and pink things!  I used the very cute new Buzz Owl from DigiStamp Boutique, which comes as a set of pre-coloured images with a black outline version too.

I layered up one of the pre-coloured owls onto one of the new Branch Backgrounds and printed it out with an extra owl, so I could cut out and pop up the wings.

The papers are LOTV, as are the little tag stamps.  The frame and flower dies are MFT, sentiment stamp from Clearly Besotted, and I added some Doodlebug enamel dots and buttons from my stash.

Tomorrow it's Morgan's 13th birthday... I have NO idea how he's managed to get so grown up - he's now taller than me!  Both Morgan and Dex have got into roller skating this year, so he decided he wanted a roller skating party, which we had last night.  Lots of his friends came... they're all nice lads, but I have to say, teenage boys are a very odd bunch!  I think they had a good night, but it's really quite hard to tell with some of them ;o)

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening!

Saturday, 12 September 2015

New cut files from DigiStamp Boutique!

Happy Saturday everyone:o)  Sorry for the long gaps between posts... it'll probably be the same on here for the rest of the year, but will get things back to normal again next year!

Anyway... today's a bit exciting, because I get to unveil a brand new range at DigiStamp Boutique.  Sally-Ann is now creating cut files for use with digital cutting machines.  Here's one of the first ones that should be available to buy very soon.

This one is Snowy Landscape, cut on my Cameo... I've kept my card very simple and quite flat for posting.  Just a bit of glamour dust here and there for a bit of sparkle, and an MFT snowy background stamp (the white ink is Stampin' Up)... finished off with a sentiment stamp from Clearly Besotted.

This version was cut at just under 6", but I also cut another at around 4" and that cut with no problems too.  My plan was to make a few different ones, but Chester was at the vets being neutered yesterday, and they rang me a LOT earlier than I expected, because he was barking and howling the place down!  So I had to go and collect my very wobbly dog at lunchtime... and there went my planned day of crafting.

I don't usually do this, but while I'm here I thought I'd give a fab local company a bit of a mention.  We're trying to be healthier at the moment... bought a soup maker and we're eating more fresh foods.  I found a lovely family business on Facebook, where you can order fruit, veg and salad (they also have freshly baked cakes and breads, but I behaved and didn't order those... ooh and free range eggs, I did get some of them!).  They deliver straight to your door, and I'm so impressed with the huge boxes of fresh goodies we got, it's great value.  So if you're in or around Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Worksop, Chesterfield or Derby, have a little look at their FB page HERE.  I'm not on commission lol, it's just nice to support good small businesses isn't it?

See you again soon, hopefully... have a lovely evening :o)

Friday, 31 July 2015

Using the scraps!

Hello :o)

I'm finally getting that urge to create back again... lots of ideas buzzing around and no time or space to do anything with them!  Hopefully it won't be tooooo long before all the work's done, and then I'll have a lovely new craft room to play in... it's getting a bit frustrating having to wait now!

I noticed this week's challenge at Less is More was to use 'snippets' for Chrissie's birthday (happy birthday Chrissie!!), and as I had a few minutes spare I whizzed this card together.

This was made entirely from little leftover scraps of paper, mostly Doodlebug... I didn't cut anything, all the scraps were left as I found them.  Even the butterfly was from my little basket, where everything that gets punched or die cut but then doesn't make it onto a card, ends up.  I should do this more often... it was fun and very quick!  I could probably make hundreds of cards and still not get through all the scraps though... especially all the bits of white card.

Off for a quick walk with the dog, and then it's fish and chips for tea :o)  Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Thank You Monkey Kite - DigiStamp Boutique

Hello :o)

I'm still poorly... what started as a cold seems to have turned into a chest infection, but the doctors haven't been able to fit me in so far... sigh.  I'll end up at the walk-in clinic, but I hate being on antibiotics so I've been putting it off!

I still had things that needed making though, so here's one of last week's creations... a thank you card for one of Dex's teachers.

The super cute monkey is from DigiStamp Boutique HERE.

The chalkboard was made with an MFT die set.  Paper Smooches lettering stamped in white Stampin' Up ink, with a bit smeared around the black card for a 'chalky' look.

Thanks for popping in... hope you all have a lovely evening :o)