Saturday, 30 July 2011

Lace and Festive Food - Bah Humbug Challenge 30 - CHNC 31

Here we are almost at the end of July. I simply cannot believe how quickly the summer is passing by. The sun has made an appearence today, of which is indeed very welcome.
I have a busy week ahead with one thing and another so I am needing to be quick off the mark with both the Bah Humbug Challenge 30 'Lace' and CHNC 31 'Festive Food' I ended up m aking two cards as I could not really make a decision as to which image I was going to use. I do Like the 'Drake Pudding' Image. I have used him a couple of times before, I do so enjoy the ease of colouring the image. I have had this fab. Santa Claus Cupcake image since the beginning of the yr. but as yet not got round to using him ..He was a delight to colour.

I have added blue cotton lace to the embossed middle strip pf gold lustre card, I have used the same card
on the corner with an added eyelet. Drake really does look very proud of his Christmas Pud.

He really is a jolly Santa Cupcake. I added 'Star Crystal' Stickles to his moustache, eyebrows and hat trim.
I have again added Cottpn lace to embossed strips of card.

List of Supplies

6x6 Base Card - White Linen Card
Patterened Papers .. will need to seek info. sleeve info. is missing.
Gold Lustre Card
White/Red Card
Cotton Lace
Digi Images
Nesties Circle/Scallop and Oval
ElsyBells Clear RS Sentiment/Holly
Freebie Mag. Papers Sentiment

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Using up some 'Snippets'

After seeing all of the wonderful cards Irene has created using up some of her 'Snippets' prompted me to make a couple of 'Thank you' cards I needed to make for several friends. I have used up some of my 'negatives' from cutting nesties. I never throw any of the 'snippets' from crafting .. I now must use them instead of them being piled up in a box! The Rubber Stamped image is from my new set of Fancy Pants 'Doddles and Things' I stamped it in 'Mushroom' onto Faux Leather White Card then used my fine tombow glue pen on the outline of the image then added gold Glamour Dust. The flower/Thank you is from a Paula Pascal Personal Impressions set.

Two Thank you Cards made from the 'Negatives' from 'Nestie Labels' I edged the K'Ology paper with some fluid chalk.

List of Supplies

Faux Leather White Card 'Snippets'
Nesties Label Negative /K Ology Paper 'Snippets'
Fancy Pants Doodles and Things RS
Paula Pascal Personal Impressions Clear Flower / Thank you RS
Tombow Fine Glue Pen
Gold Glamour Dust
Satin Ribbon

Prima Scrapbook Kit Class

On Saturday I went with a couple of my Camera Club friends to a Prima Scrapbook Kit Class at my local craft store 'Its Crafting Time' The class was taken by 'Jackie Payne' We had the most enjoyable day. I have not attempted a 2 page scrapbook page before. As you will see from my pic. I did not quite understand the concept! But all the same I am pleased with what I created. I used my pics. taken of the hanging baskets at my local pub and that of a pretty view through a gate at some local alm houses. I am very proud that the hanging basket pic. was used as the cover for our camera club DVD as well on the DVD we made last yr. to help raise funds. The DVD was of local scenes within our village that camera club members took.
I have not used Prima papers before. Wow .. they are indeed so pretty. The main elements within the pages are cut with a Cricut Expression using the fab. 'Paper Lace Cartridge' .. I have the basic Cricut machine so getting to use this lovely machine was fab. Nearby the Cricut was a Big Shot Pro, not seen one in the flesh before .. OMG, its huge!
Here are a few pics. from the day

This pic. was taken of the afternon session. You can continue from the morning session or do your own thing.
Most did 'their own thing' me and another lady had not finsihed our pages from the morning so we continued with that.
Val and Maureen (Camera Club Friends) are the ladies on the left of the pic. Val was scrapping pics. from her recent 7 week tour of the USA and Mairan (Pronounced Maureen) used very pretty pics of flowers.

My Finished 2 pages using products from Prima.

A close up of the Hanging Baskets pics also Prima flowers with Prima Lace

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

CHNC 30 - Reindeer

Time waits for no one .. that is so true, time is flying by. I cannot believe we are soon coming into the month of August.

Over at CHNC Hazel asks that
This week I would like you to see at least one reindeer on your card.

I decided I would use my lovely 'Sizzix Embosslits' Reindeer. I embossed him onto Core'dinations Whitewash, once sanded it brought out the nice brown core. I mounted him onto some gold mirror card. I used a piece of Kraft card, embossed with swiss dots and swiped over with fluid chalk. I have also embossed the Nellies Scalloped rectangle. My card also fits perfectly for Bah Humbugs Challenge 29 'Beads' 
The Humbuggers say
I threded a small shimmering red pony bead onto a piece of the pretty organza. Poundland have them in at the moment covering various spectrums and tones of colour. The set I used goes from cream, various shades of browns, gold to the very pretty shimmering dark golden brown I used on this card. I am guessing that if you were to get a sample of each colour at your local haberdashery it would be much more than a pound for the combination of colours included in each pack.
Cast your beady little eyes ...*snigger* ... around all the nooks, crannies and crafty cubbyholes until you find your box of delightful beads ... crystal beads ... plastic beads ... sparkly beads ... micro-beads ... wooden beads ...  in fact any kind of beads at all ... EXCEPT the 'beads of sweat' that are threatening to tickle your top lip, 'cos that's absolutely NOT what we want to see ... so hurry and wipe them away LOL.  

Finally, My card also fits in nicely with 'Christmas In July over at
The Rubber Cafe

List of Supplies

Base Card 6x6 White Faux Leather Card
Brown Kraft Card
Red Card
Gold Mirror Card
Nellies Scalloped Rectangle
Cuttlebug embossing folders

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside .. Pics. from Lowestoft

I was lucky enough to have a few hours in Lowestoft on Monday. Thankfully it was dry for most of my time there. It was quite windy and later in the day the sun even managed to make an appearance.
This picture was taken not long before I was having to leave Lowestoft. The sun was making a brief apperance. 

Such an amazing skyline.
I did seek out a crafty shop before leaving for Lowestoft, it took me a while to find the rd. but boy was it worth it. The Crafter's Paradise and its owner, Margaret is very nice indeed. I managed to get a fab. bargain 'Fancy Pants' 12x12 clear RS set  'Doodles' RRP Cost approx £32.00 I got it for a mere £5.99!

Margaret made me feel very welcome, I was offered a chair, we sat and had a good ol chin wag. Such a nice lady, so helpful in every way.

Here are my photographs of my time in Lowestoft

My Delicious Lunch of Homemade Steak and Kidney Pud and Fresh Vegetables from 'The Harbour Inn'
Placed very close to the seafront/Harbour. Excellent Value for money, suberb service and the food is excellent.
It has been open for business just a few months and has receieved very postive reviews. I have added to those  reviews with trip adviser as well as the local tourist office.

A Yacht just coming into the harbour.
I can only imagine the size of the wind turbine in the distance is enormous up close
A seagul performing some fancy footwork
I stood a good while to enable me to capture the waves hitting the rocks. The seabird very gracefully stayed put so adding some extra interest to the picture.

It was very difficult to get capture this picture. The bridge 'Moves' a lot as the traffic goes over it, especially so with the heavy lorries. I waitied for a lull in the traffic before taking the pic., the passing of vehicles is very heavy;it only gave me a very few seconds to capture the view without any passing cars, lorries or pedestrians

CHNC 29- Seeing Stars

Hazel's Challenge this week is to use 'Stars' within a card. Anything with stars and I immediately turn to my 'swirls and stars' rollagraph wheel. I have very simply made a swirls and stars background and used it as the main focus of the card. I punched out circles, used the negative sheet then stamped snowflakes onto the circles. These stand proud from the negative sheet with 3D foam. I used the 'star' paper with the background as well as the corner embellishments.
Here is my finished card
 List of Supplies

DL Base Card
White Card
English Paper Co. 'Stars'
'Whispers Snowflake' RS
Swirls and Stars Rollagraph
Circle Punch
Bashful Blue ink
Fluid Chalk
Blue Lace
Card Candy
Mini Brads
Computer Generated Sentiment

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Bah Humbug Challenge 28 - Shapes

I did quake in my boots when I read what this weeks challenge is over at  Bah Humbug

The majority of cards we crafters make are either square or rectangular, so this challenge is encouraging you to take things a step further and create something else entirely ... use any shape EXCEPT a square or rectangle.
I have only one 'Shape' card template, a pyramid type shape, but I wanted to try something different so I looked through my Eazi Scor Project Book for inspiration. I came across a 'pentagon' shaped card, so I set about making a pentagon by scoring an A4 piece of card in half then its a simple case of cutting off the excess to get your pentagon shape.
I used black card for the base card then added some 'freebie' paper on the whole of the card - meaning back and front. The 'Snowflakes' are cut with my Cricut. I have cut two sizes and then layered them. I added some stickles for extra sparkle. I then added a ribbon flower for the central sentiment. Here is my finished card.

List of Supplies

A4 Black Card
A4 Snowflake Paper (Freebie from a Mag.)
Pink Card
Cricut Snowflakes (Joys of the Season)
Paula Pascal Clear RS Sentiment
Fluid Chalk
Sheer White Ribbon
Scor Pal

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Bah Humbug Challenge 27 - Meeces

I am no fan of mice, they terrify me! Thankfully over at Bah Humbug the likkle mice featured in their fabulous DT designs are just so cute. Challenge 27 is  'Meeces' I don't have anything mice related within my stash so I scoured my digital downloads folder. I found two images, I could not decide which one to use so decided to use both. The first image is called 'Party Mouse' isn't he fabulous Not 100% sure where he is from though. The second is from the  very talened illustrator Elizabeth O Dulemba
My cards also fit in very nicely with CHNC 'Spots's before your eyes'

His eyes are soooo very big .. he is such fun

These 'meeces' are indeed very busy

List of Supplies  

6x6 Base Card - Faux Leather White Card
Bazzill Basics Card
'Spots' paper - Barking Dog
'Party Mouse' Digital Image
'Elizabeth O Dunelmba' Digital Image
Nesties Label
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder 'Swiss Dots'
Sheer Ribbon
Sugar Loaf See D Christmas Sentiment RS Image

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Birthday Cards .. Tulips from Amsterdam ..

I cannot remember where I came across the beautiful digital download of a bunch of tulips, but I decided I was going to make use of it on a number of Birthday cards I needed to make. I made four cards, all are of similar design so won't bore you with adding them all. The fifth card I made is different; I had been experimenting with some folds earlier in the day and this card kind of evolved. I have used a valley/mountain folds to create the 'stand' across the bottom of the card. The 'inside' pulls out from the side by pulling on the tab. The sentiment and birthday wishes are then revealed.


List of Supplies

White Base Card 
Bazzill Basics Card
Mottled Peach Background paper
Purple Card
Swiss Dots CB Folder
Oval Nesties
'Tulips' Digital Download
K &Co Background papers
Fluid Chalk
Nesties Label/Oval
SU Tab Punch
'Totally Special' Clear RS
Sheer Ribbon

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

CHNC 27- Pink and/or Purple

Here we are in July, not sure where June went, time seems to have passed me by.
This weeks challenge over at CHNC is about colour 'Pink and/or Purple' You can't see that clearly that the background paper has a mixture of pinks and purples as well as other colours. I have used a A4 piece of white card, trimmed to 6" wide. Once measured, I scored to make a valley/mountain fold, I then attached another piece of card for the base, this folds up and fits nicely into a C6 envelope.
I am also entering my card in the 'Christmas in July Challenge over at Creative Friday

List of Supplies

White Smooth Card
Purple Bazzill Basics
Background papers (I believe to be by K&Co ?)
'Flying Penguin' Digital Image (Unknown)
Nesties Label
Mini Brads
Sugar Loaf 'Sentiment' RS
Fluid Chalk

Bah Humbug Challenge 25 - Acetate

Time is flying by. Cannot believe we are already in July. I guess that the posting really should be aptly called 'Christmas in July' I always remember first seeing it on QVC some yrs. back, I thought it ever so alien. Now, when I hear people talking of Christmas in July it all seems very much the norm.
Over at Bah Humbug the challenge is to make somthing using 'acetate' Acetate and I don't always see eye to eye!  I have made a 'gift Box Card' I used acetate for the tag as well as the window so the 'large tea-light' can be clearly seen by the recipient.

I am also entering my card in the 'Christmas in July Challenge over at Creativ Friday

 List of Supplies

Bazzill Basics Card
Faux Leather Card
Marianne Designs Dies
Nellies Nesties
Sugar Loaf 'Sentiment' RS
'You really Shine' 'Totally Special'  Circle RS
Black Impress Ink Pad
'Handmade with Love' Charms
Satin/Sheer Ribbon

Local Photo Competition Win .. Our Village Festival

It was our village's festival weekend. 24th-26th June. Festivities started on the Friday with live music and a picnic at our local community centre. It did rain a little, but nothing to stop us having a ball. Ironically one of the local groups playing are called 'Run For Cover'
Sat. was the main community fun day, where the local camera club I belong to had a stall on the local rec. with lots of other stall holders/activities and displays such as music and dance from a vast range of multi-cultural groups. The most striking and beautiful was a display of Polish dancers, dressed in the their national costume. Our stall won 'Best Dressed Stall' That is all down to Val and Rick .. the founder members of the camera club. We were also meant to be entering into the 'fancy dress' but as we decided we weren't dressed 'fancily' we bowed out .. well it was me who said lets run! Their were mitigating circumstances in which led us to 'run' Our outfits reflecting the 'theme'  VE day 1945 .. in our opinion we were in 'costume' not 'fancy dress' One of our members, Mairin, decided she was entering and came 2nd .. Yay for Mairin.
Well I hear you say, what has all this got to do with the title 'Local Photo Competition Win'  as part of the festivfal activities was a photo competition, the theme 'Recreation and Leisure' You could enter as many times you liked as long as your pics. follwed the theme. I put in 10 pics. took me ages to decide which ones of the many I had taken over the months .. in the end I made my decision and put the pics. in with less than an hour to spare! The judging was to take place some days later. I was overwhemled to hear I had won not only 1st but 2nd place too. Over 100 pics. were entered .. and boy was I up against stiff competition. Especially when your up against such amazing ametuer photographers such as Tony Everitt.  I am still very taken aback by my win. I am indeed very proud because of the fact that my 2 daughters and camera club members told me how very proud and pleased they were for me, such things don't usually happen to me. I am quite chuffed with myself because the camera club has incresed my confidence and due to this I signed up to several taster courses in photography, one being with  Phillip Mynott .. IMHO he is the creme dela creme in the photography world.  The other, a local college where Chris Wilding (University of East Anglia) showed us amoungst other things, how to capture 'movement' I had to improvise as my camera doesn't have all the technical wizardry we had access too with his Nikon Camera ... the judges comments of my winning pic. was the fact it had 'Movement' So Thank you Chris for the inspiration The pic. was from our day out some weeks back to Granchester Meadows. I took many, many pics. The 2nd pic. was that of 'rowers' early in the morning, just as the mist was lifting. It was a pic. I decided to take at the very last minute as it was going up the River Cam . very nearly missed capturing anything with my dithering .. Philip, I am sure would be bitterly disppointed to hear of my dithering .. but I did capture it, I decided to enter it and I am pleased I did.

1st Prize Taken at Granchester Meadows

2nd Prize Taken along the River Cam

Birthday Gift Box card

I have made another of the gift box card. I made it for a very dear crafty friend. Ann made some gentle hints when I made one filled with Yummy chocolates I made it for a swap all the way over in Australia .. that she would very much like to receive such a card for her b'day. It was only sending it off for posting did I think maybe not a good idea to send chocolates due to them possibly melting and poor Ann receiving a horrid mess. Fingers cross it has all arrived safely and the chocs. survivied. I did make some errors in making the inner for the chocs. Next time I will have to rethink a little to get it right. I made a 'pulley' from a strip of card and a sweetie RS Image, so the sweets could easily be removed without damaging the gift box.

List of Supplies
Bazzill Basics Card
Smooth White Card
Elzybells 'Chocolate' RS
Molly Bloom 'Bunting' RS
Sugar Loaf 'Sentiment' RS
Paula Pascal 'flower' RS
Tulip Digital Image (Unknown)
Digital Hearts Image (Unknown)
Marianne Designs Die
Nesties Oval
SU Window Punch
SU Tab Punch
Fluid Chalk
Sheer Ribbon