Monday, 30 November 2009

BBTB Blog Hop Monday

The BBTB cut for the week is the old fashioned phone from the My Kitchen cartridge. I don't have this cartridge, so borrowed it for these cuts. In fact I think I should buy it, even though I don't do recipe books or anything like that, there are some useful cuts on there. I decided on all black and white, apart from the pop of colour in the bow and around the dial. The letter are making memories tiny alphas, 'hi' is DCWV chipboard. The border punch is one of Martha's new ones, punched twice and layered.

So what's all this about a hop? Leave a comment on this post, and on thursday morning I will pick a name from the hat to win a stack of colour box chalk inks, in shades of aqua and blues, some blue rub on alphas, a pack of rain dots, and some making memories metal frames. I will also give you this card, if you would like it. It will come with an envelope, all ready for you to use/give away.
From here, go to Krista's blog, where you will see another fab phone card, and have a chance to win her goodies, follow her link until you have hopped all around my buggy teamies blogs, by which time you will have a very good chance of winning a little something.

A couple of you asked what cartridges I bought over the weekend. I got Paisley, Sweethearts, Pagoda and Everyday Paper Dolls (I really dislike those little dolls, but the paper doll cartridges do have all sorts of useful extras on them.) The one I am most pleased with is Paisley, I will have a lot of fun with that. I do have a couple more on my wish list - Old West, just for the horses, and Serenade, but nothing urgent. Quite honestly, I haven't explored half the cartridges I already own.

Good luck with the blog hop, if you leave a comment, be sure to leave an indentifying name and don't forget to check back on thursday to see if you won.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

White Christmas for DCM

On Daring cardmakers this week, the dare is to make a white card, you were allowed a bit of colour on stamps or sentiments, but I set myself the challenge of trying to make a totally white card, and except for a bit of bronze inking to define the edges, managed to do it. The trees were cut from the Christmas Cheer cartridge at 4", 3 and 2". and all the layers were run through the cuttlebug, using the snowflakes and snow folders
I added pearls rather than 'diamonds' as they added to the white look

everything was 'popped' to separate the layers and give it a bit of dimension

and still the gorgeous handmade birthday cards keep coming, this lovely apron is from Eileen, an online friend who has become a 'real life' friend, as she lives just a few miles from one of my sons, so we have been able to meet up....

this lovely card is from Denyze (love that image Den), another blog friend who has turned from virtual into reality, she lives locally to me, so we have been on a couple of crafty shopping outings together..........

and lastly from Jules, a longtime blog friend, who recently became a teamie of mine over on Funky Hand, I love the symmetry of this card, so clever. Thank you all so much x

So the shopping frenzy is over, and believe it or not, I do not have a shopping experience to share with you, unusual I know - that is if you don't count the people in walmart at 5 a.m who had fallen out of bed and gone black friday shopping in their pyjamas. Oh and the horrible grandmother in another store who kept clipping her toddler grandson SO hard around the ear, poor little chap. When he reached over and hit her (which of course was what he was being taught to do), she gave him such a whack. I glared and glared at her, until I remembered that guns are legal here and she looked like the type of woman who probably had a big old gun hidden somewhere in her pyjamas, so I moved to another line pretty fast. Apart from that, it was all quite cheery, and quite good fun

Friday, 27 November 2009

Polkadoodles Christmas....

On Polkadoodles this week, we were asked to use three different papers, and the Polkadoodles stamps. I didn't have a lot of time, because of this wedding scrapbook I have been working on, so I ferreted around and found a couple of scraps of my favourite papers from the Jingle Jangle CD, I stamped the snowflakes in red on a white base card, then stamped the tree onto a scrap of aqua and dotted some jewels about, plus a lot of doodling..........

I hope all my USA friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It is black friday here today, the day when there are huge sales on in all the shops, so I have been shopping since 5a.m. this morning - I know, crazy, but I have now finished my Christmas shopping and feel very smug. I have some lovely new cashmere sweaters to cozy up in when I get home, and five new cricut cartridges to play with. I also have a pile of cricut cartridges sitting here (lots and lots of them) that I bought as a favour for various online friends back in the UK, so they need to be parcelled up and sent off. I was only too happy to help, we just don't get the bargains at home especially as far as craft items go.
Time for a nap, all this shopping has been exhausting...........

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Wedding Layout, my birthday cards and a deal for you....

First of all, a very special birthday wish, for a very special lady and friend, Anice, the owner of Funky Hand is having a birthday today, and boy, is she celebrating, read on to the end of the post to see how......................................
Another layout today, I am rattling on with the pages. This one is one of my favourites , the music notes are a cuttlebug die, and the sentiment is cut from the Plantin cartridge at 2.5" with the italic feature, the grey letters are american craft thickers, I like using a mixture of fonts and styles on scrapbook pages and cards

This is the first time I have used the welding feature on the gypsy, to fuse the letters together, and it worked! Here's a peek at the handmade cards I got for my birthday, first one made by Bev, my neighbour here in Florida,

Second from Kath, my good friend and teammate on Funky Hand and Polkadoodles

From Ruth, my teamie and friend on Funky Hand and Polkadoodles. Ruth leads an incredibly busy life and always manages to help others, send cards etc.............that funky hand team is the greatest!

From Carol, my friend and neighbour here in the USA

and from Allison, teamie and another pal from Funky Hand - it's her birthday this month as well, happy birthday Allison. Over at Funky Towers, november is a busy month for us, we have a lot of birthday girls in the house

Thank you all so much, I love them all, I know that there are a few more in the mail that are making the hop across the Atlantic, so will post them on here when they arrive.
How about this for a fantastic deal - Anice, the owner and designer of the Funky Hand CD's is 41 today - happy birthday Anice, and to celebrate, she is giving a 41% discount on anything in her store. Shipping is free to anywhere in the world, so and grab yourself a bargain, use the coupon code 41TODAY to get the discount

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

A Very Special Card................

Ta da..............fanfare...............this is the card that Kiki, my sweet little granddaughter who was five in August made for my birthday, which was yesterday. She did it all by herself, and even though I know that I am quite ridiculous when it comes to my grandchildren, I have to say that this is a fantastic effort for such a little girl. I think mummy helped draw the heart on the cake, Kiki was responsible for the other decoration (which I am sure is a strawberry)
Thank you Kiki, you are my most special little girl and I love my card

After the realization dawned on me that I have only three weeks to do a 20 page 12 x 12 wedding album, I have been working at full speed on it for the past couple of days. This page shows Lucy, the bride with her sister Nicola. I had all sorts of photos of the girls which were not really that good, so I chopped them into 1 1/2" squares and mounted them onto a strip of white card, which I stitched in pink. I added flowers (Martha Stewart wedding confetti from Michaels) to the sprays of the rectangle of pattern paper, and added another hand doodled spray in the bottom left corner of the plain pink card. The sentiment is chipboard alphas from DCWV. It looks quite pretty I think........

It has been so long since I had time to do any scrapbooking, that it took me a while to get into it again, then I remembered that I just treat it as a giant card, and that helps me get the proportions right most of the time
Did I have a nice birthday? Lovely! I went out for lunch with friends, and out to dinner, so I am rolling around with enough ballast in me to float a cruise ship. I also had some very yummy gift certificates, Michaels and Macy's - how well my friends know me :)

Monday, 23 November 2009

Joy - Christmas Polar Bear

This is a repeat of my polar bear card from last year, but this time I used icy blue instead of red for the scarf and sentiment. I cut the bear, from Joys of the Season, at 3" - he cuts BIG, and did a black shadow, then ran the whole lot through the cuttlebug. I freehand cut the snow drifts, in white and icy blue. The sentiment is a sudio G wood backed $ stamp

I have given myself a couple of days off this weekend, but have been spending time getting to know my gypsy, and do you know what? I am beginning to like this little machine. It's really useful not having to search for cartridges and overlays, and of course you can mix and match different cartridges on the same mat. I still have a lot to learn, and my cuts are just my usual straightforward ones, but at least I am managing to do those quite swiftly now. Apart from that, I suddenly realised that I have a 20 page wedding scrapbook to do before christmas day, so I am awash with cream papers and bling!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Mitten Book

I found this mitten chipboard book in the dollar bin at Michaels, what a bargain! I covered it in an American Crafts paper that already had a striped border on it, so that did for the cuff. The letter stickers are also from a AC pad, and I cut out tiny images of the children from those index prints that you get when you get photos developed

Here's a couple of pages from the inside, love those photos of Kiki playing in the snow last winter- the only snow she has ever seen in her 5 years living in London! Yes, I know I put a flower among the snowflakes on this page, but with these tiny books I go for making the pages look pretty and busy rather than telling a story. This little book will be James and Annie's christmas card this year.
It also fits in nicely with the challenge over on colour create this week, red, white and green.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Girlie Card for Polkadoodles

So Nikky, the boss lady over on Polkadoodles, who likes to set a fiendish challenge, asked us to make a girlie card using only the Just for Men CD. Ha, it was easy Nikky, I used the very pretty blue papers and sentiment, added a martha punch border and a bit of ribbon. The flowers are cut from the George cartridge on my cricut

I doodled on them in white, then covered them in glossy accents so they look like black patent leather, oops, missed a bit
I went to the post office yesterday, to mail some parcels and cards to the UK. Normally a visit there is quite an uplifting experience when lovely chatty helpful Jim serves me, but he was not there, so a chap I had never seen before served me. The parcels were no problem, the cards were another matter. "What's in these" he enquired, shaking the envelopes suspiciously, as if he suspected I might have a terrorist or two hidden away in there. "Cards" I replied meekly. "CARDS!" he yelled "HEY BUDDY (or Buster, or Hank or whatever his sidekick was called) LOOK AT THESE, THEY'RE CARDS, KINDA BULKY" "YEAH" yelled Buddy/buster/whatever - "SQUARE TOO, EXTRA FOR THOSE. TRY THE SLOT". I don't know why they were yelling, they were standing right next to each other. So my sweet mailman friend, the one with the phobia about square, bulky envelopes, tried determinedly to shove the envelopes through a little slot thingy, beloved of postal services the world over. Of course, they wouldn't fit. "EXTRA CHARGES" he yelled in a satisfied tone. I pointed out that the envelopes would not actually be going through a slot until they reached the UK, by which time it would be the Royal Mail's problem. "Rules are rules" he shrugged. Yes, and foam pads on handmade cards are foam pads.............................

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Funky Hand Christmas and another doorway

Anice has bought out some sweet little digi images over at Funky Hand, the mittens were resized, which I am immensely proud about, out of all proportion to the achievement really, but it's the first time I have ever managed to do this, but Jules, a teamie on the Funky Hand gave me step by step, idiotproof directions, and it worked. Yeah! High five Jules! The papers are from Tis the Season, this year's christmas download. Little letter stickers by Making Memories

I have been fiddling around with the Art Impressions doors and windows stamps again. I printed the brick paper off the Polkadoodles Not for Girls CD. All the little elements are cut out and popped up
the sentiment, stamped inside the little open door says 'it's your birthday - indulge!'
For some reason, these little stamps fascinate me, although they are not really my style. When I have time I have a couple of ideas about what I can do with them......

Talking of time, I have finished my commission, written the text, and they are in the mail. Time to play.........

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Golfing Card

I felt like making a bright and cheerful male card, they are often so dreary, the stamp is from an acrylic set by UK designer Clare Curd, paper is from a DCWV stack and the alphas are by DCWV (I think). The sentiment is a bit 'old hat' but it is such a useful one for golf cards
Here's something to make you smile, isn't she just hilarious? I do like a woman with a sense of style.......the stamp is by Art Impressions. the photo is a bit crooked, but that's okay, she looks a bit Brahms and Liszt (American friends, that's cockney rhyming slang, say it aloud a few times and see what rhymes with it.......)
Regina over at the Cutting Cafe has a free download - full of fabulous Christmas sentiments, I will make a couple of cards using them later in the week, in the meantime go HERE to pick up the file, it's available until thursday night

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Two little christmas cards....and a DT call

We have a DT call going on over at Polkadoodles, a bit sad really because some of our team have moved to pastures new, Saskia has left to pursue other crafty interests, we will miss her and her fabulous funky style so much, good luck Saskia. In the meantime, Nikky needs FIVE new team members. If you love the Polkadoodles style, would like to get the CD's for free, make cards that will be shown on Create and Craft TV and can join us in our weekly challenges, then run over to Polkadoodles at once to put your name down. You can enter wherever you live.

Just a couple of very quick little christmas cards to share with you today, the papers are all by SEI, one of my favourite brands. The little angel and the noel stamp are $1 wood backed stamps from Michaels. The snowflakes are foam ones in the children's section of the same store, I'm all for cheating when it comes to christmas cards..... a jewel in the centre makes them look quite okay

This little image is from the Penny Black acryclic christmas set, I finally mastered the martha 'round the block' punches, all I had to do was read the instructions, they do look pretty though
Yesterday I escaped to the pool for a break, and just as we got there, we saw the space shuttle streaking across the sky on it's journey to space. It is about the fourth time I have seen a launch, never close up unfortunately, and each time I have been filled with awe at the incredible achievement of the scientists who make this possible. Well done America. That is the last time I will witness this probably, as the space programme has only one more flight before it ends

Monday, 16 November 2009

Snowman for Cute Daisy May

Over on Cute Daisy May this week we were asked to use texture. I used the quickest and easiest option, my cuttlebug and the snow folder. I ran the snowman through the machine after cutting him out and colouring him, and highlighted the 'snow' on his clothes with a white pen

this photo gives you a good look at the snow effect....................
I used my favourite making memories letter stickers for the sentiment. The papers are by mambi

There is a brand new photo of Kiki and Monty on my sidebar, look how that little baby boy is growing - he has hair now! I am going to see such a difference in the two babies when I get home.
I have been working all weekend on a magazine commission - would you believe I have been making Easter cards? Bizzare, no wonder I am so behind with my christmas stuff, I think it's April :) I have just sent an online order for photo printing to walmart for 122 photos, that have to be, somehow, turned into scrapbooks, mini albums and tag books before Christmas day, stupidly I paid extra for one hour printing, so if I want to pop up in my jammies they will be ready. Why did I do that when there isn't the slightest chance I will have time to do anything with them for at least a week? Search me.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Winner of the cutting Cafe little box is........

Penni - have fun Penni, email me and I will send the file to you. Those of you who didn't win, the file for the post-it box set is available for a tiny price over on the Cutting Cafe

A couple more for Creativity magazine

Here's a couple more of the cards that are in this month's Creativity. I was asked to do some new year cards using the freebie bear. For this one, I used some chipboard letters, but decided to use the negatives as well, the bit left over when you peel off the letters.

Another one from the designer challenge article, I did find using the mirri card really hard, and it's a bit of a rubbish photo, but this one looked quite cute. I made some little birds, using buttons for their bodies, and cut a wing shape out of the paper I was given to use. I drew the feet and tails.
A little reminder, don't forget you have until the end of the month to take part in the Autumn Woodland challenge over on the Funky Hand blog, great prize up for grabs there. The Lily=Boo challenge is also monthly, dead easy this month, all you have to do is use the colour purple

I had a birthday card in the mail today from Kiki (it's my birthday in 10 days, so I haven't opened it yet). My daughter in law made me smile, they spent all afternoon making the work of art, Annabel said 'Ma will love this card Kiki' 'No' Kiki replied, very firmly 'I don't think she will like it. I think we will keep it here in my house'. Already reluctant to give away her creations at the age of five. A true artist in the making.

Friday, 13 November 2009

For Polkadoodles and Making- Handmade- Cards

Yes, friday again and Polkadoodles day, this week, it's a sketch, and a lot of very different cards to see from the design team, so pop over and take a look. As usual, there is a prize for the weekly winner.
We used the Not for Girls CD, and this card was so quick to make using the downloads. I printed out the chevron paper, the red alphies and the football topper, a bit of cutting and sticking, a dash or two of doodling, and I was done

the black 'day' letters are my favourite thickers by American Crafts - the felt ones
Here are two more cards from the Flower Train download from Making-Handmade-Cards
I printed out the papers, including a sheet of sentiments, then cut the sentiments freehand into petal shapes. I cut a big green circle with my cricut, and ran it through the cuttlebug (swiss dots), then added a pattern paper circle on top, which I dotted with card candy from Craftwork Cards UK

I'm quite pleased with this one.............

This last one is also from the flower train set, plus the born to shop set. This one is winging it's way across the Atlantic to Alex for her birthday, I thought it complemented the pink and black advent box I made for her rather nicely

I want to mention a rather special blog candy, over on Victoria's blog. Victoria is a teamie of mine on the Lily-Boo DT, and three years ago she lost her first child, a baby boy named Flynn, when he was only two days old. She is making an appeal for handmade cards and gifts to be sold in aid of a charity called SANDS. Please go and read her very eloquent and moving appeal, and support it if you can
On the Paper Trails blog, Sandi Kelly does a feature each week where she 'interviews' someone, this week it's me in the chair, pop over and see what I have to say....................

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Post-it Holder from the Cutting Cafe - Win the file.......

Look at this lovely little box from the Cutting Cafe. Regina comes up with the cutest things. It was so easy to do, you just print out onto the cardstock, cut out, fold and stick.
I used papers from Mambi, and stuck a few little gems into the flower centres on the lid
The notes word and the little labels for the post-it notes are aprt of the set
you make a little cover for the post-it pads, and label them. I think this is such a cute little gift idea. Would you like to win the templates? Regina is kindly letting me give one away. Just leave a comment on this post, and I will draw
a winner on saturday morning, you will get the file sent to your email address the same day

The Candy Store

Something new today, these stamps are by Art Impressions, you buy a door, and a window, then there are sets of stamps that go to make up the scene. So on this one, all the candy stuff, the name on the window, the bubble gum machine are from the candy store set. I also got a couple more storefronts. Such a novel idea. I kept the base card plain, just stamped the awning onto some striped paper and at the last minute sewed and inked around the edges.
The lantern and bubble gum machine are popped up with foam pads
I have been busy making a start on my christmas shopping, I love finding things for the children. Kiki's wish list includes a real live big dog, which for practical reasons she will not be getting this year. So I found an interactive dog that obeys voice commands - sit, sleep, roll over etc. It will play tug of war, and rather irritatingly bark along to the tune of 'how much is that doggie in the window'
So I went on Amazon to see if there were any reviews, and to my utter delight there was an indignant review from a woman who had bought one for her child and discovered a hidden feature, not advertised on the box. In her words the puppy 'passes gas' (it then woofs apologetically afterwards) She was really annoyed about this. Personally I think that I would have bought the toy JUST for that feature, and Kiki, who at the age of five has a school playground fascination with jokes about 'bottoms and poo' will love it.

I was chatting to Jenny Dixon, the editor of Papercraft Inspirations yesterday about future commissions, and she whispered that there are some exciting new ideas in the pipeline - more of that at another time. The next issue is out on the 23rd, and the christmas free gift is some acrylic stamps, so be sure to hotfoot it over to Tesco's or Smith's before it sells out like this months did, they didn't even have any left in the office, so my copy didn't arrive and I have had friends trawling the shops trying to get me a copy. I suppose I will see it in Joannes here in the US in December (it's a month late here).

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Blog Candy Winners andColoured Core Cardstock for Practical Scrappers

Thank you so much to all of you for joining in the fun in my Best of both worlds blog candy, I wish I could send something to each and every one of you.

The numbers were high, 470 odd comments, a lot of those were from followers too, then the followers, then the email subscribers. Nightmare, but I got it all sorted out, and, drum roll..........................

The USA/Canada winner is

Jessica (Jazzy Jess's Joyful Journey blog)

Congratulations Jessica

email me with your address and I'll get it in the mail to you

For the UK/Europe

the winner of all the Martha Stewart scrumptiousness is

Lisa (Lisa's Craft Garden blog)

Congratulations Lisa, send me an email with your address

now on to todays card.................................

On Practical Scrappers this week, they are focusing on ways to use colour or white core cardstock. I used my favourite whitewash core-dinations and punched the edges with one of Martha Stewarts new 'round the block' punches, then sanded the edges so that the deeper colour shows through. The background paper is also by MS

I rubbed some prima flowers with an embossing pad, and sprinkled it with silver pearl embossing powder, and heat embossed them. I repeated this twice for each flower so that there was a nice thick layer of coating on each flower

The butterflies are a stamp by stampin up which I stamped on vellum, and then coloured the reverse with copic markers which gives a nice diffuse colour. The sentiment is by Hero Arts