Thursday, 31 December 2009

Last post of 2009!!

Well 2010 is nearly here so Im finishing off the year with a card! This one follows no challenges, it's just a card for a birthday, simple as that! I am determined to re-visit my old craft stuff this year and, as a start this card using an old Paperartsy stamp.

So it just leaves me to thank you all for visiting my blog over the past year and to wish you all a happy, healthy and fabulous new year!


Tuesday, 29 December 2009

It's that half way point.......

between christmas and new year that no-one knows what to do with!!! I hope you all had a great christmas and looking forward to a fun packed new year. My mum came for christmas and went home today so I can now get my craft stuff back out - yay!!! To celebrate I've joined in the Anyone for Anya challenge.
Thanks for looking :o)

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Easel card!!

So I finally had a go after being inspired by Randi's card and tutorial. I used Geisha Anya for this card, and look, not a christmas greeting in sight!!!! LOL
Anyhow, just a quickie today as Im off to work!
Have a fab Thursday! :o)

Sunday, 15 November 2009

It's begining to look alot like christmas!

Ok, so it has looked like christmas on my blog for a while! That's only because over the next few weeks Im gonna be mad busy. Next weekend is my last weekend off then it's Santa's grotto again! (that time already LOL)

This wall hanging is for Crafting Corners November variety swap. I made it by using my nestabilities (I love those, why has it taken me soooo long to find them!) The papers are, no surprise, Stampin' Up. The Father Christmas image is a
Crafty Individuals one, and the theme on Winter Wonderland this week is St Nicholas! (although it's not a card!)

Have a great Sunday everyone. Im off to work in a bit - boo! :o)

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Gossamer Cornwand

These festive offerings are made using a fabulous digi stamp designed by the immensly talented Amy. She is called Gossamer Cornwand and is available here. She's not really a christmas fairy but the beauty of her is that you can alter her into anything!

For the first card I turned her into a kinda christmas pixie. The papers are Stampin' Up. The bauble stamp is, I think, from Art Journey.

For the 2nd card I turned her into a little frost fairy. Again, I used Stampin' Up papers. The

sentiment is from an Elusive Images CD. This card is, basically, a drag queens dream as it's loaded with glitter (well it is for christmas LOL)

Hope you had a fabulous Sunday. We went to look at some piglets with the idea of getting 2 more for eating. We're now getting 3 and being pig breeders! Ah well, at least it keeps hubby off the streets! :o)

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Mojo Monday!!

Not played for a while so had a bit of spare time tonight (misery gut's didnt want to go to a bonfire!) and knocked up a card using the Greeting Farm's Edward. Sorry about the rubbish pic! As usual, the papers are Stampin' Up.
Hope you had a fun (and safe!) bonfire night!
Thanks for looking :o)

Thursday, 29 October 2009

An award!!

This award is from the very talented Amy (who has her own range of stamps being released next month!) Apparently I now have to share 5 things about me with you so...........
1) Im a twin (but not the evil one!)
2) Im actually a qualified archaeologist
3) The last film I saw was "Paranormal Activity" and was a bit scared!
4)I love a nice cup of tea
5) My fav band in the world is
30 Seconds to Mars

So those are my 5 things!!! It's difficult to chose but Im gonna pass this award onto

Lottie, Ju, Paula, Nicky and Gabby cos your blog are inspirational

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Christmas... but different!!

So I made a christmas card yesterday and it was pure pants!!!! I had no idea where it was going and so it went - into the bin LOL

I thought I would have a change of tack and try something different, so I moved onto christmas decorations!!! The images are from Etsy and they are made using microscope slides (I got about 200 for a fiver off Ebay!) Now this is my first attempt at soldering since I made a circuit board in CDT at school about 20 years ago! (dosent that make me sound ancient :o$) so it's a bit chunky, but I think that all adds to its handmade charm LOL
Sorry about the rubbish picture - webcam again!! My hubby has been taking the camera to work to photograph pollution incidents, how very inconsiderate! lol
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Circle Journal!

Over on UKS I've signed up for a circle journal. Havent done one for ages and there is some massive talent on that forum!!!!
The idea is that we all choose a stamp, that stamp goes round with the journal and everyone has to decorate 2 pages using your chosen stamp.

My chosen stamp is a skeleton. I love him but
dont use him nearly enough. Seeing as it's a skelly my journal is titled 'dem bones' (geddit!)
For my first page I decided to do something totally different. I added a skirt from a stamping Bella (Bellarina) and used my shrine stamp to make a large mirror.
My 2nd page is a skelly rock band. Which rock band? Why the
Grateful Dead of course! LOL Thanks for looking :o)

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Christmas Stockings!!

This card is for the Winter Wonderland challenge. This week the theme is stockings (not the Rocky Horror variety neither LOL) Now believe it or not there are christmas stockings on the backing paper!!!

Sorry about the crapness of the pic, I cant find my camera so had to use the webcam :oP

Thanks for looking

Sunday, 18 October 2009

A bit of dimension!

Another christmas card but, can you believe it!! Not a stamped image in sight LOL The inspiration for this came from Lysa. I used a circle punch to punch out 3 circles (obviously lol) I folded them in half and stuck them together, added a bit of bling and eh voila!! The sentiment is from a Graphicus CD. All the papers are Stampin' Up.
This also fits in with the Lots to Do challenge which is........ Cards!!
Thanks for looking :oP

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Ahhhhh Autumn

Here is a mini book for a swap on Crafting Corner. The theme is Autumn!!!

My first pages are back to school, cos thats what autunm reminds me of (even though, obviously, I dont go to school anymore lol) The image is a Mo Manning one called End of Summer. The other page I have revisted my old stickers and found some school type ones!

The next pages are, of course, halloween!!! The image is a Sugar Nellie one, the backing paper I think is K & Co.

Then it's onto Autunm Leaves. The image on the left is from Third Coast Stamps, the trees on the right are from a Crafty Individuals kit.

Finally its onto bonfire night!
"Remember remember the 5th of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason should ever be forgot"

This is my OH favorite time of year. What is it about men and fire!! I think it all stems back to some primeval caveman instinct! He loves fire and fireworks, the bigger the better! I hate fireworks, well, rather I hate the thought of fireworks near me and maiming me for life!
"November the 5th has been and gone
the thought of it still lingers
I held a banger in my hand
Has anybody seen my fingers! lol
Remember to play safe on bonfire night!!

Sunday, 11 October 2009

A couple more cards......

for the festive season!!

The first uses a stamp from Crafty Individuals. I have split the stamp into individual images and used 2. The background paper is from Dovecraft. Not sure if you can see it on the pic but I have stamped the background with glittered snowflakes. I think the tag is from Dovecraft too (I've had them a while lol) As you can see, Im totally into buttons at the moment!!!

The second card 'borrow's the sketch from Farm Fresh Friday, but not an Anya or Ian in sight lol The stamps are wheels from Stampin' Up! I stamped the image with the cars first then used masking fluid to cover whilst I stamped the houses. I added a bit of glitter (it is a christmas card!) The papers are Stampin' Up! too and another button to boot!
Hope your enjoying whats left of the weekend! Our dinning room ceiling fell down yesterday (well, hubby kinda pulled it down lol) so everything (including the dog) is covered in dust! Needless to say thats my evening's spoken for this week!

Saturday, 10 October 2009

The Mask - but no Jim Carrey!

This is for the October Variety Swap over one Crafting Corner. This months theme is - masks!! My inspiration for this comes from Venice rather than halloween. I printed a template I found on t'net and transfered it onto mountboard. The black side is stamped with gold embossing powder, the white side with black. I added 2 gold bells for a bit of jingle, the black ribbon and flower is from an old bra. Does anyone else do that? Save bits from old underwear, clothes lol

I then attached it to an old garden cane which I painted with white acrylic paint and added some ribbon - eh voila!!

I wasnt sure how it would turn out but am quite pleased with it - it is my first attempt after all!!!

Have a fab evening whatever your up too


Trick or treat - part 2!!

Well yesterday I showed the treat, here is the trick!!!!

It started off life as a mini maglite box so I covered it with Northanger Abbey (again!) and then grunged it up with some distress inks, added some rub ons and a bit of stamping.

So it looks like a nice little keepsake box but, open it up and there's a ghost hiding inside!!!

Not a real one, obviously, Im not a Ghostbuster lol. As you can see, I've also but some chocolate treats in for my swapee, so it's not that spooky!!
Enjoy the rest of your Saturday, looks like it's just about to start raining here!

Friday, 9 October 2009

Trick or Treat!

But mainly treat lol. This is for the Trick or Treat swap on Craft Swap forum. For this swap we have to make a treat for someone and a trick for someone. Well I havent finished my trick - yet, so here is my treat. She also (kinda - its not a card!) fits in for the Anyone for Anya challenge. She's actually a dangly thing, I used some cotton and threaded some beads onto it and added the mirror onto the bottom.
This week you have to use an Anya which you think best represents you, so I used flutter anya. Now, obviously I dont have wings or wear tutu's BUT, it has been known that, on occasion, I have worn my hair in the same style; especially in the hot weather!
Thanks for looking

Sunday, 4 October 2009

A bit of recycling!

These are for a swap on Lots to Do forum
I have to say I have neglected my forum buddies of late, generally because when I get chatting I dont do any crafting!!!! But I have joined in a few swaps recently so hopefully they will forgive me lol

2 completely different styles for these - a bit of cute and a bit of grunge, which I would say describes me! :oP (my hubby would just say Im a scruffy cow lol)

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :o)

Happy Sunday!!

This is my entry for the Art Raffle hosted by 3d Jean. This months theme isnt Halloween (as you might think from my entry lol) but orange and black - which to me is as good as halloween! Im embracing halloween this month (well it is October!) which means lots of spooky dooky stuff and a horror film every night (when OH will allow it that is!)
Well my entry isnt that spooky, cos insides its full of chocolate treats! I created the pumpkin by punching 5 ovals from orange card stock and inking the edges in Dried Marigold Distress Ink. I added a hand cut stalk, stamped a Tim Holtz
flourish and cut it out - I think it looks like the vines from a pumpkin plant (or maybe not?!)
The embellies are all from stash (I told you I had alot of halloween stuff lol)
Have a good Sunday whatever your up to

Saturday, 3 October 2009

World Cardmaking Day!

Well seeing as it's World Card Making day today - here's mine!!!
Yup, Im using my fab Party Girl as this card is gonna be my hubby's anniversary card lol What you cant see is that on the piece of mirri board next to the heart it says "Celebrate Love" aaaahhh (finger down throat rofl)
Thanks for looking :o)

Friday, 2 October 2009

Grunge it up baby!

Bit of a return to form with this one lol! This is for a swap on Lots to Do Forum hosted by Hilda. We have to make a ruler book, inspired by Andrea's creation, the only rule being it has to be grungy!!!

My rule is cut from a piece of Tim Holtz paper and backed onto mountboard. The title of my book is 'whats the rule!' (geddit? lol)

I covered all my pages with pieces of
Northanger Abbey (yes, still!) and sprayed them with glimmer mists. The 'angel' is an image of t'net. I cut her a pair of wings from some paper scraps, infact this project was fab in that I revisited alot of my old stash. The buckle on the adjoining page was from a QVC kit I purchased about 4 years ago.

The next pages are just a mix of stuff. The fact that halloween is on its way inspired the raven and the 'nevermore' sentiment. Infact, Edgar Allen Poe's raven seems to have inspired me quite a bit over the last few weeks! I found the 'always' tag languishing at the bottom of a tub, so added the tag (from Crafty Secrets) so it reads 'bless our family - always'

This is the last page in my book and I love it's gruesome connotations. I started off with the clown (evil clown!) image again from some Tim Holtz paper. It reminds me of John Wayne Gacy,

plus I HATE CLOWNS! It all started with Pennywise LOL .Also, my hubby and I had been discussing films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Devils Rejects - hence the house image and recipient insane stamp. In the words of Pink "This used to be a fun house, but now it's full of evil clowns..."

Thanks for looking :o) (and dont have nightmares)

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

a right pair of porkers!!!

Remember the piglets that arrived in June? Well they are now a pair of 14 stone pigs!!! Today is

there last day as 7.30am tomorrow they are off to our

local slaughter house.

Although I will be a bit sad to see them go, they are smelly and have a nasty bite on them! I have to say though that my husband has pampered them a bit and he is quite upset about tomorrow!

As you can see from the pictures though, there's nothing happier than a pig in muck!!

Trick or Treat!!

Sam on Lots to Do forum is hosting a halloween swap. We had to make something more than just a tag or ATC.

My tin started off life as a coffee tin I received in a gift set. Well, the coffee has long since gone and the tin has been in my 'to be altered' draw for about 2 years lol
I think the papers are Dovecraft (I've had them a while!) and matching embelishments. Shame we dont celebrate halloween a bit more over here (although I watched a film called Trick 'r Treat last night and if you didnt like/celebrate halloween something bad happened to you - spooky!)
Thanks for looking :o)

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Friendship board book

Quick post this morning as Im off to work in a min and out tonight. Thought I'd better post as I've just noticed I havent blogged for a week!! This book is for a swap on Crafting Corner. The theme is Friendship and the style is vintage.

One of the stipulations was that we had to use a board book (no bind it alls!!) My book was 25p from a charity shop. It's actually a shoe shaped photo album (why would you want a photo album in the shape of a shoe, or maybe it's for shoe pictures?!) Oh well, of to work. Have a fun day everyone :o)

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Naughty 40!!

This card is for my friend who is gonna be 40!!! Now he's a bit of a what I call 'stuff shirt', (he's an accountant, need I say more!) and im sure that a few eyebrows will be raised when this card is opened (apart from his wife who will probably pee herself LOL).

The inspiration for this card came from the hugely talented Cindy Haffner (you can see her card here). The stamps are called Party Girl (and my goodness, isnt she just lol)

Thanks for looking :o)

Winter Wonderland!

No postings for a while! Thats cos I've been doing secret stuff!! Well not really, just knocking the plaster off my dinning room walls so no time for crafting lol

This card is for the Winter Wonderland challenge which this week is 'hot chocolate'. Well, I didnt think anyone would appreciate a christmas card with Errol Brown on, so here is my interpretation of hot chocolate
The image is from Whiff of Joy, the papers of HOTP vintage Sarapapers. The snowflake I cut out using my Big Shot and glittered. The brown button isnt actually a button but a piece of card that I punched holes in to look like a button IYKNIM!

Thanks for looking :o)

Monday, 14 September 2009

Vintage Christmas

This weeks theme on Winter Wonderland is vintage christmas. All the papers and images are from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Christmas CD .

Thanks for looking :o)

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Midnight Madness sketch 18

This card is for the midnight madness challenge. I used one of Mo's digital stamps, a cute witch.
I thought the black fibres looked a bit like spider web which is why I used the witch image to make a halloween birthday card!
I even decorated the inside too!!!
This card is for my friends little girl who's birthday is near halloween. She's 4 so I have no idea if this is suitable for a 4 year but, tough cos she's having it! lol
Thanks for looking

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

1 card, a multitude of challenges!

This card covers quite a few challenges.
The sketch came from Mojo Monday (I flipped it on its side)
This weeks Anyone for Anya challenge was to use brads and bows.
This weeks challenge on The Greeting Farm was to decorate the inside of your card.
Now, those that have recieved
cards from me will know
that that is something that
I never do so
I found this bit quite difficult LOL
The papers are from HOTP Sarapapers in Vintage
Thanks for looking