18 Feb 2012

A Gem of a Challenge #40 ~ Katie's Sketch

Good morning

I can't believe another 2 weeks have whizzed by and it's challenge time once again at AGOAC!!  Our host is Katie with a fabby sketch and as always the lovely Janet is offering a fab prize of 4 digi images from Pink Gem Designs for one lucky winner!
I decided to use the adorable Faye again and teamed her up with some gorgeous HOTP papers that were free in Simply Cards & Papercraft.  I made the large flower with a Donna Salazar - Rose Creations die set that I bought from Pink Gem Designs last week ... unfortunately it is now showing as out of stock.  I have seen a few tutorials on how to make stunning roses with this die set and am hoping to try making some next week when the children are back at school. 

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ Faye
Papers ~ HOTP 'Soft Nostalgia' 
Sentiment ~ Elzybell's (no longer trading)
Butterfly ~ Martha Stewart Punch
Small flowers ~ X-Cut punch
Brad, Pearl & Ribbon  ~ Stash

* Challenges *

CES ~ Spots & Dots
Divas by Design ~ Wings & Things
Flutterby Wednesday ~ Anything with Wings
Sparkles ~ Things with Wings
Really Reasonable Ribbon ~ Pink & Brown with Ribbon

Nothing much planned for the weekend ... I will be spending most of today ironing but think we might pop out later for fish & chips for lunch :-)

Hope you have a great weekend!

16 Feb 2012

For My Valentine ... ♥

Good morning

Oh I have had a busy week with the children on school holidays but I do enjoy having them at home with me :-)  Chloe was at a guide sleepover at the beginning of the week so only Jamie at home until Tuesday afternoon.  I took him toy shopping on Tuesday and we had lunch out and yesterday we all went over to see my Mum and Nan for the day.  Going to catch up with the housework today, pop to the shops and Jamie wants to do some Promarker colouring this afternoon   I am back to work for a rest tomorrow lol!

Thought I would share the Valentine's card I made for Chris a few days ago which I haven't had time to blog until today.  I used Jacque's great sketch over at Lili's Little Fairies but am too late to enter now.  I coloured this image when I attended the LOTV Colouring Day with Jacqui and Bev last May and thought it would be just perfect for Chris' card.
* Card Recipe *

Image ~ LOTV 'Love Grows'
Papers ~ Pink Petticoat 'Just an Old Fashioned Girl'
Sentiment ~ The Clipart Fairy 'Interactive Circle Stamps'
Doily, seam binding, pearls ~ Stash

* Challenges *

Crafty Catz ~ Valentine's
Daring Cardmakers ~ Hearts & Doilies
Crafting For All Seasons ~ Love is in the Air
Hooked on Crafts ~ Hearts

That's all from me ... now going to make a start on the washing and ironing!!
15 Feb 2012

Candy Winner!

Good Evening

Just a quick post to announce the winner of the Spectrum Noir DVD candy!

The winner as chosen by random.org is Pamela #11 

Congratulations Pamela ... please email me your details or leave a comment on this post (I won't publish your comment) so I can ask the lovely peeps at Crafter's Companion to send you a signed Spectrum Noir DVD.

Thanks to everyone who entered :-)
14 Feb 2012

My Spectrum Noir Signed DVD Candy

Good afternoon

Tonight at 9 pm on Ideal World the lovely Leann Chivers is launching the Spectrum Noir DVD.  The design team have each been given the opportunity by the lovely Sara at Crafter's Companion to hold a blog candy for their followers for the chance to win a Spectrum Noir DVD which has been signed by both Leann and Sara :-)

To enter the candy all you need to do is leave your name and a link to your blog in the linky tool below.  But you need to be quick because you only have until tomorrow at 9 pm to enter.  The winner will be chosen at random and announced the following day.

Thanks for entering and good luck!


12 Feb 2012

Fairyopolis ~ Wild Thyme

Good morning

Here is the other Fairyopolis card I made yesterday ... Such a beautiful collection of images and papers using the original artwork by Cecily Mary Barker. Again the image (Wild Thyme) and papers have been printed from the Fairyopolis Triple CD-ROM. The sentiment is from the Fairyopolis Summer stamp set. The heart was made using one of the new Epiphany Crafts tools which are being launched on Create & Craft today but are also available here on the Crafter's Companion website.  The ribbon, flower and pearls are from my stash.
Just a quick post because I have a busy day ahead! Nothing exciting just the usual housework etc and helping Chloe to pack her bag for a 2 day sleepover with the Guides tomorrow. Chloe never ceases to amaze me with the amount of stuff she NEEDS to take lol!
11 Feb 2012

Epiphany Crafts ~ Fairy Magic

Good Evening

Hope you are all keeping safe and warm in this icy weather ... Brrr it's too cold for my liking so after a quick trip to Tesco's this morning I have stayed in the comfort of my nice warm house and kept myself busy crafting!  I love the Fairyopolis collection and as they were still on my craft desk from making some samples for the Epiphany Crafts launch I decided to make a couple of cards for my own personal use.

I have also used the heart tool from the new Epiphany Crafts range which the lovely Leann Chivers is launching tomorrow on Create & Craft.  However, if you are like me and can't wait they are also available now on the Crafter's Companion website
* Card Recipe *

Heart ~ Epiphany Crafts heart tool and epoxy shapes
Pearls/Ribbon ~ Stash
Flowers ~ Papermania Capsule Collections (I replaced the gems with pearls)

* Challenges *

CES ~ Lots of Layers
Charisma Cardz ~ Things with Wings
One Stop Craft ~ Hearts & Flowers with Ribbon
Papertake Weekly ~ Anything Goes

Hope you have a great Saturday night and I will be back tomorrow with the other Fairyopolis card I made today!

8 Feb 2012

Epiphany Crafts Sneak Peek

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all well and keeping warm in these sub-zero temperatures.

Yesterday I mentioned that Crafter's Companion are launching a brand new range from Epiphany Crafts.

Epiphany Crafts produces a number of tools which will enable you to make co-ordinating embellishments for your projects.  The Crafter's Companion design team have been busy making samples for the launch this Sunday on Create & Craft (click here for show times).

For my first sneak peek I have used Blackthorn Fairy from the Fairyopolis Winter stamp plate which has been stamped onto Neenah and coloured with Spectrum Noirs.  The papers are printed from the Fairyopolis Triple Disc CD and the sentiment is from the stamp set.  I have made a coordinating epoxy heart embellishment using the EC Shape Studio Heart tool, EC Epoxy heart shapes and one of the backing papers.  I have placed the embellishment into the centre of the flower and finished off with some black pearls.

Close up of embellishment

Below is  a quick tutorial on how I made the above embellishment with the EC Shape Studio Heart Tool

1)  You will need Shape Studio Tool, Epoxy shapes and paper

2)  Position paper in the viewfinder.

3)  Place Epoxy shape into the tool has show and press firmly with finger

4)  Place insert into the tool

5)  Close lid and press

6)  You have a coordinating embellishment for your cards/scrapbook layouts

Can't believe it's nearly 1 o'clock .... where has the day gone!!  I'm sure there are less hours in the day on my days off lol!  Oh well now off to make myself a bite to eat followed by a quick tidy up and then it will be time for the school run!
7 Feb 2012

Sheena Douglas Sneak Peek

Good afternoon

The lovely and very talented Sheena Douglass is launching a Paint Fusion CD as Pick of the Week on Create & Craft this Friday 10th Feb and the Crafter's Companion design team were very lucky to be asked if we could make some samples.  The CD is a collection of printable toppers, decoupage, papers and more and is a perfect addition to Sheena's Paint Fusion range and can be used on it's own or in conjunction with the stamps, paints and mountboard shapes already available.

I decided to make a shaped easel using Go Kreate dies and my Grand Calibur (which has only been out of the box once since I bought it back in November ... shame on me!)  The beautiful decoupage image, papers and sentiment have all been printed from the CD.

This is a very different style of card for me but I must say I am rather pleased with it :-)

On Sunday 12th Feb the lovely Leann Chivers from Crafter's Companion is launching a brand new range from Epiphany Crafts ~ an innovative company that produces a number of tools that allow you to make your own embellishments.  I will be back tomorrow to share a sneak peek with you.  In the meantime if you would like more information on all the latest launches from Sheena and Crafter's Companion click here.

5 Feb 2012

A Gem of a Challenge #39 ~ Fairies

Good evening

Hope you are all well and keeping warm in this cold weather!  Sorry for my lack of posts over the last few weeks but I have been busy with some DT work that I can't show on my blog just yet.

A new challenge has been set at AGOAC and once again I am hosting and the theme is 'Fairies'.  The prize for one lucky winner is 4 digi images from Pink Gem Designs. I have used the pre-coloured Faye with Flowers image ... don't know if it's just me but I always feel like I have cheated if I haven't lovingly coloured the image with my own fair hand lol!

* Card Recipe *

Papers ~ Me to You 'Spring Chic'
Sentiment ~ Craftwork Cards
Gems ~ Papermania Capsule Collection

* Challenges *

Sketch & Stash ~ I have chosen Sketch 33 (New stash = papers)
Hotshot Craft ~ Flowers
CES ~ Give me Wings
Crafty Catz ~ Pink & White

That's all from me ... school uniforms to wash and iron for the morning!