Tuesday, 31 August 2010

That's Better!

I finally got home at a shocking 9pm tonight, fortunately I wasn't at work but went to the hairdressers as my hairdresser has convinced me to have some colours put in - something I haven't done in about three years.  I think there's two blonds and a copper in there, but I'm not too sure as I just leave him to get on with it

It looks a bit, different, lighter, and I keep looking in the mirror and getting a shock LOL!  I'm wondering how far round the office I can get tomorrow before anyone notices it's me!

When I got home I got cracking making up a card using an image of Footballing Jack that I coloured up yesterday after my disaster, and I had an idea to use some of the Quite Contrary MME papers... only to find that Hayley, one of my fellow Ladybug Crafts Ink DT's had made a card using the same papers.  I dunno I think we are going to have to start having a rota on who can use what paper and when!

As I was in a creative mood but had him all coloured up already I've carried on, and here's what I came up with

I have to say after being a bit disapointed yesterday I'm really pleased that this one works ok, and no sketch either!   Yesterdays card looks so much better now the flowers have been removed and replaced with buttons, thank you to all who came to the rescue!!

I love Jack, but have coloured him with green shades this time, and I think it suits him - plus no doubt would hide the grass stains, so his mum might like it too  :-)

The sentiment is one from a set by Cloud 9 Design - it is a lovely set, and contains lots of phrases that are perfect for both cardmaking and scrapbooking.  I think my favourite from the set is "A boy is... Trust with dirt on it's face, Beauty with a cut on its finger"  This certainly sums my two up and seems more than appropriate for some of the other Jack images too!

Supplies:  Image - Football Jack - Ladybug Crafts Ink; Sentiment - Cloud 9 Designs; White Cardstock, "Caper" Bazzill; Papers - My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary and Brown Dot Bo Bunny; Ribbon and Buttons from stash; Momento Tuxedo Black; Copics; Bundled Sage Distress Ink; Timber Brown Stazon; Martha Stewart Border Punch
That's it for today, thanks for stopping by
Sue xx

Monday, 30 August 2010

The three day weekend has left me confused!

As much a I love bank holidays I totally confused now and have no idea what day it is!  

Still I've managed to make a couple of cards today, in between feeding and watering my two monsters.  To be honest I think my eldest has had enough of the holidays and wants to get back to school, but that isn't until Friday... why on earth they are starting the school year on a Friday seems madness to me, but they are!

Anyway, onto today's card

I used the sketch over at the Pear Tree Challenge 15, and I struggled a bit with it, but I don't know why... maybe because the monsters sounded like they were trying to create a direct link between my eldest bedroom and the lounge... I normally love working with sketches, and I don't know why this one didn't come together as I'd hoped, but there you go!

Anyway, here's what I came up with

I love the image, Martini Nikki, and I love the papers, but I'm not sure if the ribbon and flowers work as they are... I can see this one being deconstructed and fiddled with before I am happy.

The real pity is that the other card I did today has worked really well, but I can't share it yet!  How annoying is that!! 

I'm carrying on crafting for a bit this evening, then I want to grab an early night cos I know it's going to be a busy week at work - 5 days work, 4 days to do it in :-)

More tomorrow, thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Sunday, 29 August 2010

What a busy weekend

Just thought I'd check in and say Hi!

It's been a busy weekend so far, London, lunch and the science museum yesterday - lunch lovely but a 15% service charge a bit naughty, esp when they added 3 desserts to the bill which we didn't have... hmmm... science museum, good in parts, a bit stuffy and outdated in others, we didn't see it all, but think Natural History Museum next door next time (if nothing else cos I love the building!).  We got a couple of pictures but not loads as I didn't want to take my big camera into town and SIL has borrowed the point and shoot so had to use the camera on my phone and the images aren't brilliant :-(

Today we have had friends down, and the kids have been charging around, dinner was a home cooked Lasagne, yum yum!  But too tired to craft tonight, and eldest is hogging the PC where I store all the pictures of my completed projects, so this is a pictureless post .

Having a crafty day tomorrow though :-)  Hope you are having a great weekend

Sue xx

Saturday, 28 August 2010

A Ladybug Celebration!

Something very exciting has happened to me, and I am delighted, surprised and really, really happy all at the same time!

A little while ago Kerry who owns Ladybug Crafts Ink, one of my favourite stamp companies, asked for applications to join her new DT, well I applied, kept everything crossed, but not in a million years did I ever think I'd be chosen!!  But I have!!  Whoo hoo!!

So I can now display this badge

How cool is that!!  Honestly I never imagined for one minute when I started cardmaking and more recently when I started blogging that I would ever get picked for a DT!

After that it seemed only appropriate to make a card last night to celebrate!!  Winestool Nikki seemed the obvious choice :-)

The papers are more from the Peacock Lane range by Bo Bunny, and I have coloured Nikki with Copics.  For a change I've put the ribbon top to bottom, and used some lovely organza that was lurking in my stash, along with some adhesive gems I'd forgotten all about :-)  Oh and there is a dot or two of stickles above her glass, and glossy accents on her shoes too.  As there is teal in there, I'm going to add this to the pile for the 25th of September - there is still plenty of time to join in with this and win some Blog Candy

I've no idea why the gems look like they do in the pics - they look like i've added them in photoshop afterwards, but I promise they are attached to the card and look nice and sparkly - if I get chance later I'll retake them in better light :-)

The first challenge is happening on Tuesday 14th September so keep an eye on Kerry's blog for more info

Joining Kerry on the DT are Anita; Tams; Hayley; Pinky; Mary J; Gaelle; Michele; and Lisa... oh, and me!

Supplies: Winestool Nikki, Ladybug Crafts Ink; Sentiment, from Papermania set; Copics; Stickles; Glossy Accents; Papermania self adhesive gems; Papers Peacock Lane and Double Dot by Bo Bunny; Organza ribbon from stash, Bazzill Basics gem template

I'd like to enter this card for

And... I've got more exciting news to share soon as well!!  It's a good job I'm good at keeping secrets LOL!! (and no, before anyone asks, I am not, repeat not, having any more kids!)

Thanks for stopping by, off to London and the science museum now, more tomorrow!

Sue xx

Friday, 27 August 2010

Friday night scrappin'

Evening!  Thank goodness it's the weekend, and for England it's a bank holiday, so whoo hoo!  a whole three days off :-)

Tonight I'm sharing another one of the LO's from a recent Scrapbook Sisters class, which used some of my favourite papers by Bo Bunny

This is another picture of my son, this time with HB too, both engrossed in the racing at Brands Hatch :-)

Right, sorry it's a short one tonight, there's a lot going on tomorrow... not least cos HB and I are taking our eldest to the Science Museum in London...

Thanks for stopping by, more tomorrow!


Thursday, 26 August 2010

Thursday quick post

Evening, bit of a late one for me, but just for a change I thought I'd share one of the layouts I recently completed at my regular fortnightly class at  Scrapbook Sisters.

In this class we used some of my favourite Bo Bunny papers.  I think I got away with using a photo of my son on this page even though it's quite a feminine layout, I hope he doesn't hold it against me when he's older LOL! 

The photo was taken of him at Brands Hatch racing circuit and he is watching the cars go down the main straight, honestly his little head goes right to left so quickly as the cars go past I worry it's going to fall off!  In contrast to my eldest, who comes with us sometimes and is seldom interested in the racing preferring to read his book, Sam loves the noise, the smell and of course the cars!  Oh and our friends whose box we go to always have lollipops on hand (which is obviously a deciding factor, when you are 2 or 3!)

We made the fence out of strips of white card and I think it looks really effective

Right, that's it from me today, sorry it's a short one!  More tomorrow

Sue xx

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Anniversary Card

Morning!  Quick post this morning as work (and kids) are calling!!

One of my friends needed an anniversary card for her Mum and Dad and asked me to make one, after a bit of discussion we decided on an all white card and my bunch of flowers stamp by Magenta

I've based it on the sketch over at Paper Sundaes Challenge 32 - Sketch

I've coloured the stamp with my copics, put glamour dust on the ribbon and dotted crystal stickles about on the sprays.  There are more layers of white card on this card (8!!!) than I thought possible :-)  sorry for the shocking photo as you can't really see them all!  It looks lovely IRL too!

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the Range.  I have made the pins myself and tied them with a bit of white organza ribbon.

I'd also like to enter this card for

Right, gotta run!  Back to the Teal cards tomorrow, or maybe a scrapbook page or two!

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

What little boys are made of :-)


After three days of teal cards my brain needed a little break (and a change of colour!), I'm looking forward to my regular scrapbook class tonight at Scrapbook Sisters as well, as I'm (shock horror!) actually getting quite a few finished of late!!  So I'm looking forward to a new challenge tonight :-)

This card is a quick one I made using Footballing Jack.  I am very short on boy images and I think I might just have to treat myself to one or two more in the range, as he's a bit of a cutie :-).  I still struggle with boys/mens cards though!

The papers are from one of the Forever Friends packs that I bought last year - the only reason I bought this pack was for my son to make his Dad a card as there is an image of a bear in a blue car and the last three letters on the number plate are the same as on HB's number plate, which was odd!  I've had to cut the papers about a bit to lose the pre-printed images, but shhh don't tell anyone as I don't think it's that obvious :-)

The twill across the middle is also doctored as it has "it's a boy" printed on it, but only on one side - I was going to use ribbon but think this works better as it looks more like a shoe lace.

The football is a die-cut which my friend Julie cut for me, a couple of buttons and all done :-)

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges

Secret Crafter - Blue and Cream
Rosie D's Challenge 78 - One for the Boys - sadly this is the last Rosie D challenge :-(

Feel free to leave me a comment with what you think :-)

Supplies: Cream and Blue cardstock; Papers - Papermania Forever Friends Boys pack; Image - Footballing Jack, and Sentiment - Ladybug Crafts Ink; Die Cut football; Twill and Buttons from stash

Right that's it for me today, gotta go into work early :-(
Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Monday, 23 August 2010

Teal card number 3

Slowly but surely I'm getting there with these - it's a good job that I like teal as a colour or it might be a bit of a struggle, although I think by the end of it I'll never want to see teal ever again!  There is still plenty of time for you to join in and have the chance of winning my Blog Candy

Well after 2 hours of ironing yesterday and the pile just didn't shrink, I gave up and went and made this card. 

The design is based on this weeks Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge 

And I have used Two Tu-tu's by Mo Manning - happily enough this means this card also qualifies for Mo's Challenge for this week which is Thank Heaven for Little Girls

Supplies: Image - Two Tu-Tu's, Mo Manning, coloured with Copics; Sentiment - Ladybug Crafts Ink; Papers - Bo Bunny Love Shack "Funky" and Turquoise Dot; White and Teal Cardstock; Maya Road Chipboard Florishes, coloured with Copics and glazed with Glossy Accents; Gems from Stash

Right that's it for today, off to work I go :-)

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your Monday

Sue xx

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Teal Card number 2

Sunday again, and a mountain of washing and ironing awaits :-(   So a quick post so I can rattle through it and get some crafting done this afternoon :-)

Today's card is another teal one - check out my blog candy for why I am making so many like this!

The basic design is from this weeks Our Creative Corner Challenge, which is a sketch - I've flipped it and used a heart in place of the circle though so hope it still counts :-)  The image is another one by Kenny K and I have coloured her with Copics.  The heart was a rather yucky chippy that I have covered in teal glitter.
Right that's it, ironing here I come :-)

Supplies: Image: All That, Kenny K Downloads; Sentiment - Woodware; White and Teal Cardstock; Papers - Peacock Lane, Bo Bunny; Copics; Ribbon, Teal Pearls,Teal Glitter, Heart Chippie all from stash, Martha Stewart Border Punch

Enjoy your day!  Thanks for stopping by


Saturday, 21 August 2010

First of the teal cards

Hi, hope you are having a good weekend!

I've made quite a good start on the teal cards that I am doing for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fundraiser in OMG!!!! just over one month!

Because I am making quite a few I keeping them fairly simple, well, -ish, for me :-)  This one hasn't got masses of teal on it but it's there, subtle, but it's there

I have used one of my favourite images - Download Diva from Kenny K.
If you haven't visited my blog before I am currently offering a chance to win my Blog Candy in exchange for a card with teal on it somewhere to be sold at the fundraiser, many thanks to all those who have contacted me and said they will take part so far.  If you are interested in joining in please leave your name with Mr Linky or email me at the address on the sidebar if you prefer.

I'd like to enter this card for the following challenges

Supplies: Download Diva - Kenny K; Bo Bunny Peacock Lane papers - Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn; Brads - Papermania; Cherry Blossom Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts; Best Wishes sentiment - Woodware; Large Holey Ribbon - Scrapbook Sisters; Small Gem; Copics

Thanks for looking, feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you think

Sue xx

Friday, 20 August 2010

Just Gorjuss

Just a quick post from me this morning

I'm going to be honest and say I'm not totally happy with this card, I don't know why but maybe I just wasn't in the mood last night, all I'm going to say is that I'm glad it is Friday but this week has gone by just a tad too quickly for my liking :-)  Maybe I'm just being a bit hard on myself, who knows :-)

Right, no more waffling, here it is 

As you can see I got a bit carried away with the flowers!

The image is one of my Gorjuss girls, and I just love colouring their hair :-)

I've based the design on the sketch over at Papertake Weekly Challenge

 and I'd also like to enter the Paperplay Challenge - Pink to Make the Boys Wink

Sorry the photo's aren't up to much - I think I'm going to have to invest in one of those pop up photo light box things seeing as its starting to get dark earlier

Supplies: Stamps, Gorjuss Girl, Woodware Sentiment; Magenta Paper, White and Green Cardstock; Pink Embossed Dots Bazzill; Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts; Ribbon, Lace and Gems

Thanks for looking

Sue xx

Thursday, 19 August 2010

This one has been keeping me awake at night!

Morning!  I can't believe it's Thursday already!!  Actually it's been an OK week and work has been relatively stress free... so much so I keep thinking I've forgotten to do something!  Probably I'll have an awful day today now!

So onto todays post

How do I know I am a totally addicted cardmaker?  Well, Sunday night, when I should have been fast asleep I had this idea, and once I had the idea I was wide awake and started thinking about what I needed to do to get it to work out, what else needed to be added and so on :-)

An hour later and my brain had it all worked out and back off to the land of nod went I :-)

The only trouble was that I actually had to make the thing now!  Monday night saw part one, which was the stamping, colouring and glittering of Ruby.  I then went around her with some light and dark blue inks, then added a touch of yellow, and thought I'd wrecked it :-(. 

As I'd come this far I kept going (glad I was brave, this is a story with a happy ending!), so carried on glittering Ruby's clothes, adding chunky glitter as the snow and dotting stickles around her to make snow falling.  Why do things never dry quickly when you want them too!  

The rest of the card was assembled Tuesday night... so what do you think??  They aren't very good pics I'm afraid, the combination of the glitter and the acetate seemed to throw the camera completely - could be operator error though!

The yellow that I thought looked wrong is meant to be the light spilling out of the Lampost, but now I think it looks OK.   I've popped some yellow copics in the lights and a dot or two of glossy accents.  I've added a touch of stickles to the top of the lights and on the left hand side at the bottom to look like snow.

Oh and it's a shaker card so I have used chunky glitter in the middle, it's sticking to the acetate a bit (OK  a lot!), but think I can get away with it as it's a Christmas card :-)  I haven't done one of these in absolutely ages, but I really like the effect of the lampost jutting out into the card, which was from an idea in August's Craft Stamper.

I've just coloured Ruby with cool grey copics, and as I was colouring her it really suited her, completely different from the red I did last week but still looks really wintery- it almost looks silvery

The "Snowflakes" sentiment actually says "Snowflakes are just unassembled snowmen" but I masked the last bit off, and put a gem over the "o"

And do you know, it's not too far off what I had in my head at 2.30am Monday morning, how incredible is that!

I'd like to enter this card for these challenges

Supplies - White card, Pearlised charcoal paper; Stamps - Snow Covered Log Ruby - Ladybug Crafts Ink, Lampost from set - Inkadinkadoo, "Snowflakes" - Penny Black; Glitter, Chunky Glitter; Black Diamond Gems - Ebay; Glossy Accents

Thanks for stopping by!  Drop me a comment to let me know what you think!

Sue xx

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

HB's birthday card

Finally I can share HB's birthday card that I made last week as he's opened it now, it's good to know he's catching me up and the percentage difference between our ages reduces with each passing year :-)

I've used one of my Penny Black Stamps and coloured him with copics, I'm particularly pleased with how the ballons turned out as I've managed to get them to graduate in colour OK, I seem to do OK when I have enough shades of similar colours but I find it more difficult when I am lacking in different shades of the same colour... does that make sense?  Not sure it does, but I know what I mean!!

The papers are the imaginatively titled Dot and Stripe from the Peacock Lane range by Bo Bunny, I still cannot bring myself to cut some of the papers I bought from this range - they are too lovely :-)

Hmmm, some ribbon and some felt brads from my stash and there you go... hope you like it - he seemed pretty chuffed with it :-)

I'd like to enter this card for

Right that's me lot for today, more tomorrow - I'm going to be showing the one that's been giving me sleepless nights as it's finished and I quite like it!

Thanks for looking, have a great week

Sue xx

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Fossil Hunting


A bit of a departure from all the cards I've been doing of late but in reality this is why I started papercrafting in the first place :-) I've got a few cards lined up to share, and one in particular is in construction (2.30am "vision"  Sunday night, just got to get it to work on paper... well card, but you know what I mean :-)  I can see a long night tonight trying to get what appeared in my head to work in practice, but it's 25% there... if it works it's gonna be 'mazin!  If not, then shhh, I never mentioned it    LOL :-) 
Sorry, I'm going all blah blah blah again... right...This is a scrapbook page that I did at one of the fortnightly scrapbook classes at Scrapbook Sisters... now I'm going to confess that at times, we are laughing far too much to get any serious work done - proof is found on my pile of UFLO's - but there is always fantastic inspiration :-) 

It could be said that normally there is some laughing at with my lovely friend Stacey and her little glue mishaps :-)  All I'm going to say is that I have learnt that...
  1. it's a good job PVA comes out with water and
  2. that UHU should be used sparingly....  in a very well ventilated room :-)
Anyway, so the page...

This page features a photo of my eldest son, taken at Lyme Regis in Dorset.  If you don't know the area, it is is known as the Jurassic Coast because as the cliffs erode they expose pre-historic fossilised remains. 

If you ever get the chance to visit  - I strongly recommend you do if you can  - set yourself off fossil hunting (check the tide times though!)  The day before this photo was found a local "expert" told my then 6 year old that it was difficult to find anything at that time, that we would be wasting our time and tried to get us to sign up for a guided tour... undeterred we set off on our own at dawn (yuck!) and it only took him about half an hour of walking to find this massive fossil - about 2 feet in diameter - and hundreds of little ones all around.  It's unreal that you are seeing something that has been buried for millions of years :-) 

The blue background paper had a very light box design all over it and I have stamped the sea shells etc all over.  I have used some of the hessian paper to write some journalling with some white rub ons which haven't come out very well in the photo unfortunately :-(

If you ever make it to the area I can strongly recommend the little fishmongers the foot of the Cobb (the name for the habour) who sell fresh fish more or less straight off the boats.  If available I try to buy fresh scallops caught that morning and lightly pan fry then and serve on a bed of leek and bacon (which I got from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's shop in nearby Axminster), cooked gently with cream, lemon and garlic, and a good twist of black pepper... yum!!!  We are going back in October and I can taste it already!  Mmmmmmm....

Back to the LO... I'm really sorry, but I have no idea who these lovely seashell stamps or the papers are by - if you have any ideas, please feel free to enlighten me!

That's it for now, more tomorrow

Sue xx

Monday, 16 August 2010

Here come's the bride!

Hi!  I'm back off to work this morning and I'm not looking forward to it, I've really enjoyed my time off with my eldest son and have managed to fit quite a bit of crafting in too :-)

It's HB's birthday today, I made him a card last week but I can't share it yet as he leaves for work before the kids and I get up, and I don't want him sneeking a peek at today's post and seeing the pics before he's seen the card :-) so today I am sharing another of the cards I made at the last weeks shop crop at Scrapbook Sisters.

This card is for my friend Karen to give her friend on her wedding day.  Their colour scheme is red, so I have based the card around that. 

Once again I liberated the "Love" ticket from Karen's pile and chalked it up with a few chalk eyes (thanks Bev W), then added red organza ribbon and cream lace (thanks Bev B).  I love this sharing thing that goes on at the Scrapbook Sisters' crops - even at the big ones you'll find people wandering about asking if anyone has a "...", it normally results in much rumaging in bags and usually someone, somewhere, has exactly what is needed!  If you live in Kent and you haven't been to one before, the next one is on 18th September - you can book your ticket here - why not come along and have a crafty day!

I have used Bride Nikki again, stamped on Neenah with Tuxedo Black Momento, coloured with Copics and glittered with Glamour Dust (thanks Barbra!) As usual I have taylored her hair colour to match the bride - it's such a small thing to do, but I guess that is what makes a handmade card special over one bought in a shop as you have so much ability to alter elements to suit that of the recipient. 

I luuuurve this stamp, Nikki is so elegant and classy.  I like lots of bridal stamps but this is the only one I actually own so many of them were too cutesy cutesy even for me!
Stamp - Bride Nikki; Tim Holtz Ticket; Cream and Red Bazzill; Glittery cream and red paper - K & Co??; Red and Cream scroll paper - As You Wish, Imagination Project; Red/cream flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts; Cream Flowers - The Range; Copics; Momento Tuxedo Black ink; Cream Lace; Red Organza; Stickles

I'd like to enter this card for
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue - I have chosen to interpret this challenge as a wedding card

Thanks for looking....

just in case I haven't nudged enough I have Blog Candy on offer, please stop on by and join in, all I'm asking is for a little card (and if you're on here you make cards... right!?!?) and you could win loads of amazing stuff, plus help me to raise money for research for Ovarian cancer... I don't want to beg (it's not my style...) but please, please, please make a card, every pound we raise helps fund research into cause, diagnosis and treatment, and you stand the chance of winning free stuff!

Sue xx

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Fairy Godmothers

Morning!  This is the last day off before I go back to work tomorrow after 2 weeks off :-(, I've really enjoyed the break, I haven't done half of what I was intending but I'm all chilled and relaxed - bet that lasts until, oooh, about 9.30 tomorrow!!

The first card is a sweetie, and I've managed to keep my no Bo Bunny promise - I think I'm getting withdrawal symptoms though!!

The image is Two Tu-tu's by Mo Manning, and I have coloured them with copics, added stickles to their wings and glossy accents to the stars in their wands.  I've coloured them to tone in with the My Minds Eye papers from the Quite Contrary Range

The oval that the sentiment is printed on was originally a pre-printed chippie from a set I bought ages ago, but I was never going to use it as it was, so I've covered it with a scrap of paper, inked and stickled the edges and put it on the card :-)

Supplies:  Digi Stamp - Mo Manning; Pink and off white cardstock; Papers - My Minds Eye; Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts and The Range; Martha Stewart Loop Punch; Chippie, Lace, Ribbon and Gems from stash; Copics; Stickles; Glossy Accents; Pale Orchid Chalk Eye; Sentiment - Ladybug Crafts Ink

I'd like to enter this card for the following challenges

Stamp Something Challenge - Fairytale (I think these little girls look like they are mini-fairy godmothers!)
Secret Crafter Challenge 96 - What Little Girls are Made of
The Alphabet Challenge - P is for Punches
The Stamp Man Challenge 3 - Easel Card/Anything Goes

I then made a quick card using some of my much neglegted wooden stamps and the sketch from Mojo Monday 151

I'd also like to enter this card for One Stop Craft Challenge 93 - Oriental Delights

I've used stamps by Personal Impressions and Inkadinkadoo, sentiment by Ladybug Crafts Ink

Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoy what remains of your weekend,

Sue xx

Saturday, 14 August 2010

I like chocolate!

Even when it's on a card!  Like the stuff you can eat better though!

I have made this card for the Chocolate and Cream challenge over at The Crafty Pad.

I wanted to have a change of pace as my recent cards have been quite busy and bright, so this challenge seemed to fit the bill perfectly :-)

I've used the lovely flower stamp that came free with the August edition of craft stamper, stamped three times, domed and layered up.  That has been stuck to a square of brown dotty Bo Bunny paper (oops I seem to recall promising not to use Bo Bunny for a bit... but it's only a teeny piece!), which has been matted onto cream and chocolate bazzill.

The sentiment has been made up from two stamps (Papermania and Sandylion) and cut out and I have stamped a variey of florish stamps by Autumn Leaves on the large cream Bazzill, which has also been matted onto chocolate.  All of the cream cardstock and the oopsy Bo Bunny have been edged with chocolate chalk eye.  A bit of cream satin ribbon round the middle and I was done!

I think it is a really classic card, and a bit of a shock to my system to do something so, well, subtle, classy and elegant, but I think it works!!

As this layout used the same flower stamp as today's card I thought I'd share it as well :-)

It's quite a simple page, but perfect for this photo of my monsters, trust me, they aren't always this angelic looking!

I love stamps that are usable for both cards and scrapbook pages - I've also seen this one used for altered art - a great freebie from Craft Stamper :-)

The papers are by GCD, and are lovely shades of brown and blue - I have seen them in 8x8 size as well as the 12x12, and they also do them in black and white/cream... so tempting!

As with most of my scrapbook LO's these are from my regular class at Scrapbook Sisters

Hope you have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by, please feel free to check out my blog candy here

Sue xx

Friday, 13 August 2010

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Don't get used to it, but this is my second post of the day! You can see my first card here.

The girly card that I did the other day which used a patch of my son's old jeans has given me a bit of an idea and it seemed to fit perfectly with one of the current challenges over at Creative Inspirations which is to recycle something to use on your card.
There's something about denim that lends itself to boys cards, and I know that there are some papers that give the look of denim but it's not the same!  I like to be able to feel and touch things on my cards, not be disappointed to find something is just a trick of the eye!

Sorry, rant over! Onto the card...

This image is "Simon" by Mo Manning, coloured with copics and matted onto Red Bazzill.  This image has not been printed onto Neenah cardstock and my word, I really noticed the difference!!  Neenah just doesn't bleed half as much, but I think I got there in the end (even if it bled over the edge a couple of times :-) )

Once I'd matted him I cut a bit of denim quite a bit larger out of son's jeans (no tears this time!) but cut it slightly on the bias and set about pulling out odd strands of the warp and weft (see Ms. Sewing teacher, I was listening, even if it has taken me 24 years to ever use these words in public... well kind of public!).
Oddly it was quite calming, even if my carpet now needs a damn good vacuum, and I can see I'm going to have to take the scissors to the head of the Dyson as it's all going to get wrapped round in that really annoying way!  I think I gave myself a harder job by cutting it on the bias but I like the effect it has given

Sorry, going all blah, blah, blah again :-)

The papers are by the you{th} range by Prima.  I was wanting to put a skateboard key ring that came with my eldests school coat last year - but it was far to big and I couldn't work out how to attach it without it looking daft - I'm going to have a look round and see if I can find a smaller skateboardy charm to attach to this card.

The buttons are also recyled as they came in a big bag of buttons cut off clothes which was started by HB's nan and added to by other members of his family, and I have stacked two of them up and tied them with a bit of twiney stuff - thanks Kerry for the inspiration on stacking them :-).

Hmmm, think that's it... promise to be quiet until tomorrow now :-)

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx