30 June 2011

Some sad news ...

My grandfather passed away yesterday evening after a long battle with dementia and a short one with pneumonia. It's feels bad saying it, but I am glad he is at peace now. I am doing ok as is my mother but my grandmother is obviously quite distraught, she expected him to get better.

Due to this I may not be around for a little while, I am due to have my next lunbar puncture on Wednesday which I can't really cancel. So not sure when I will be back but hopefully it won't be too long.

Speak to you all soon,
Take care of yourselves,

26 June 2011

Thank You

The last of the thank you's (for now anyway!) I have used some more of my new PTI goodies with this card. I have first cut out circles using three various sizing Nestabilities dies from SU! CS in Marina Mist, Bashful Blue & Baja Breeze - all available from the lovely Jules. I have then stamped the 'thank' from the PTI Modern Basics set and cut out the 'you' using one of the PTI Wonderful Words dies out of SU! Crumb Cake CS. I have then added a SU! Designer Button with SU! Linen Thread - again both from Jules, and then added white Pebbles Inc Candy Dots to the bigger circle.

STAMPS: Papertrey Ink. INK: Memento Tuxedo Black. CS: Craftwork Cards, Stampin' Up! TOLLS: Nestabilities, Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words die set. EMBELLISHMENTS: Stampin' Up! Designer Button, Stampin' Up! Linen Thread, Pebbles Inc Candy Dots.

As always, thank you for visiting, I do appreciate it and hope you are all having a lovely weekend. My last night shift tonight! :0)

24 June 2011

Party Fergus

This is a really quick card for a boy. I have used one of the new Wild Rose Studio stamps, now available at Dies to Die for; stamped him out and coloured with Copics. I have cut him out with a Nestabilities rectangle and layered with DB Limeade CS then added to base with 3d foam pads. The sentiment, from the Ladybug Crafts Ink It's Only Words 2 set, has been stamped and also mounted the same. Took less than five minutes to assemble, obviously a bit more for the colouring though!

STAMPS: Wild Rose Studio, Ladybug Crafts Ink. INK: Memento Tuxedo Black. CS: Craftwork Cards, Doodlebug Designs. TOOLS: Nestabilities, Copic Markers - Dragon: YG23, YG25, YR30, YR31; hat: B000, B00; cake: E31, E41. shadow: W00, W3, W5.

Thanks for visiting, I am starting my night shifts tonight so I best be off to bed! Have a great weekend!

22 June 2011


I have made this card for my brother and sister in law (yes still on my Birthday thank you's!) follwing  A Passion For Papertrey - It's Elementary Challenge. I have chosen earth as my element and gone with flowers as they symbolise earth I feel. I have stamped the flowers from the PTI Modern Basics set out with Memeneto Grape Jelly ink and then stamped the stems (from a MFT set) and leaves using Memento Bamboo Leaves. I have then added a PTI Plum Pudding button to the largest flower with thread and rhinestones to the smaller ones. Sentiment (from the same set) stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I have mounted this panel with DB Lilac CS and added to a white card blank with 3d foam pads.

STAMPS: Papertrey Ink, My Favorite Things. INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves & Grape Jelly. CS: Craftwork Cards, Doodlebug Designs. EMBELLISHMENTS: We R Memeory Keepers floss, Papertrey Ink button, Doodlebug Designs Mini Jewels.

As you can see I am on a bit of a Papertrey Ink kick at the moment. I had ordered a few bits from there and they came about a week and a half ago and the order is still on my desk ... I wonder if I can use all the stuff before I put them away! Thanks for visiting.

21 June 2011

Happy Anniversary

This is a card I have made for my aunt and uncle for their wedding anniversary. I have been inspired by THIS card by Nichole Heady. I have used my beloved Elzybells stamps for this card, now sadly retired. I have stamped the hearts with Palette Fresh Snow ink on to Kraft CS and cut out using a Nestabilities square die; added to the base with 3D glue dots. Sentiment stamped beneath and then a dotted line made using a pokey tool and ruler. Finished with buttons added with thread.

STAMPS: Elzybells Art Stamps. INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Palette Fresh Snow. CS: Craftwork Cards, Bazzill Basics. TOOLS: Nestabilities dies, pokey tool, ruler. EMBELLISHMENTS: My MInds Eye Bloom & Grow buttons, Stampin' Up! Linen Thread.

Thanks for visiting me today, I am at university today learning Quantititive Analysis ... well I am not sure if will be understanding it but I will be trying!! Have a great day!

19 June 2011

Happy Father's Day

Here is the card I have made for my dad this year. Now I don't usually combine a lot of patterned paper together especially bright colours but I saw THIS card by Judy Laing and I loved it! Thank you for the inspiration Judy. I have used LOTV Cheers Bear stamp; stamped him out and coloured with Copics then cut out and added to the base with 3d foam. The base is Echo Park Little Boy Collection added to a white card blank using the same layout as Judy's card. I have then added Stampin' Up! button and stamped the sentiment to finish.

STAMPS: Lili Of The Valley, Elzybells Art Stamps. INK: Memento Tuxedo Black. CS: Craftwork Cards, Echo Park. TOOLS: Copic Markers - bear: E44, E43, E42.; shirt: B91, B93, B95, B97; beer: E40; present: YG23, YG35. EMBELLISHMENTS: Stampin' Up! button & linen thread.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far. Thanks for visiting!

17 June 2011

Birthday Wishes

I have made this card for my cousin using By LoRi Designs Landon stamp. I have stamped him out and coloured with Copics and added him to an oval cut out with a nestabilities die with 3d foam. This has then been added to the base with more 3d foam. The base is Bazzill Kraft CS layered up with MME papers - Stella & Rose Hattie, Lime Twist Fly A Kite & Lime Twist Out Of The Blue. I have wrapped round some SU! Linen Thread and then added to a white card blank. The A Muse Birthday Wishes sentiment stamped on more Kraft CS and added to the bottom. Brads added to finish. I hope he likes it!

STAMPS: By LoRi Designs, A Muse. INK: Memento Tuxedo Black. CS: Craftwork Cards, Bazzill Basics, My MInds Eye. TOOLS: Nestabilities, Copic Markers: skin: R20, E000, E000, E00; hair: E55, E57; trainers: N1; t-shirt: B95, B97, B99; shorts: E43, E44. EMBELLISHMENTS: Stampin' Up! Linen Thread, Papermania brads.

Thanks for visiting today, Hope you all have a lovely day!

15 June 2011

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday ...

Today, well yesterday actually ... I have made a swatch for my Memento ink pad colours. I love the little swatches I have for cardstock so I thought I'd make one for my ink pads so it will be easier for me to find the right colour ink that I want to use. I first cut up 2x2" squares of cardstock (the main cardstock that I use) and then stamped all the colours out using a stamp (this one is by Papertrey Ink). I have then printed out the names of the ink pad onto labels (printed from my PC) and added them on to the cards. I have punched a little whole in the top and added them to a jump ring. I think this will really help me in the future. For more info on WOYWW please see visit Julia's Stampin Ground blog.

Thanks for visiting today, hopefully see you soon!

14 June 2011

Thanks A Million - LIM

Get me ... two posts in one day! Whilst had my PTI stuff out I thought I would take part in the new Less Is More In The Frame Challenge which is also one layer too. I have stamped flowers from the PTI Beautiful Blooms 2 set using Memento Lulu Lavender and Grape Jelly inks. I have then stamped the sentiment from the PTI Signature Series: Butterfly set in Tuxedo Black. I have made the lines using a Copic Multiliner pen and to finish it off I have added Doodlebug Lily White Sugar Coating Glitter to the centre of the smallest flower.

STAMPS: Papertrey Ink. INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Lulu Lavender & Grape Jelly. CS: Papermania. TOOLS: Copic Multiliner 0.25 Pen, Ruler. EMBELLISHMENTS: Doodlebug Designs Sugar Coating Glitter.

Thnaks Chrissie & Mandi for another great challenge, I'm off now to look at the other entries!

Thank You Berry Much

Here is another quick thank you card I have made for my family. I have added DB Ladybug CS on to a white card blank and rounded the corners using a punch. I have cut out two PTI Fruit Fusion Strawberry Dies and then stamped the strawberries on top (from the PTI Fruit Fusion Berry Stamp Set) with Memento inks; these have been added to a panel cut from the MFT Die-Namics Sweet Stack Labels. I have then stamped the greeting and added little jewels below. I think this set is so sweet ... excuse the pun!!

STAMPS: Papertrey Ink. INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ladybug & Bamboo Leaves. CS: Craftwork Cards, Doodlebug Designs. TOOLS: Papertrey Ink Dies, My Favourite Things Die-Namics, X Cut Corner Rounder Punch. EMBELLISHMENTS: Doodlebug Mini Jewels.

Thanks for visiting today, if you are down south I hope you are enjoying this sumMery weather we are having today!

12 June 2011

Male Star Cards

Here are two quick male cards inspired by Kerry, she has the best CAS layouts and they are perfect for male cards - thanks for the inspiration Kerry. I have simply used sheets from the Echo Park Dots & Stripes paper pad, cut them out and mounted with co-ordinating Bazzill CS; adding to a white card blank. I have printed out the greeting using Bookworm font from my PC and cut and mounted these too. I have then cut stars using the MFT Die-Namic Stacking Stars set and added Pebbles Inc Candy Dots to finish ... wow .. I have made a card with no stamps or Copics!

FONT: Bookworm. CS: Craftwork Cards, Bazzill Basics, Echo Park. TOOLS: My Favourite Things Die-Namics. EMBELLISHMENTS: Pebbles Inc Candy Dots.

Please check out my Birthday Candy below (I was going to pin the post but I have changed my mind now!) Have a great day!

I Just Can't Thank You Enough ...

I have made these little cards to say thanks for the lovely cards and presents I recieved for my Birthday. I have punched butterflies with various shades of Doodlebug and Stampin' Up! CS using the Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly punch and adorned the centres with Doodlebug Mini Jewels. The greeting is from the MFT Polka Dot Die and Greetings Set. Very simple but effective I think!

STAMPS: My Favourite Things. INK: Memento Tuxedo Black. CS: Doodlebug Designs, Stampin' Up! TOOLS: Martha Stewart Punch. EMBELLISHMENTS: Doodlebug Designs Mini Jewels.

Thank you for visiting today, I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. I am nights this weekend so will probably be sleeping whilst you are reading this!

10 June 2011

Agapanthus Thank You - LIM

I have made this card for my nan using the current challenge over at Less Is More which is Monochromatic. I have used green as this is my nan's favourite colour. I have stamped the Stampendous Agapanthus stems out using Versa Magic Aloe Vera ink and then stamped the greeting which comes in the set out using Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy ink. I have then mounted this with SU! Pear Pizzazz CS and added to the card blank. Pearls added to the centres of the flowers to finish. Very simple I know but I think my nan will like it!

STAMPS: Stampendous. INK: Versa Magic, Brilliance. CS: Craftwork Cards, Stampin' Up! EMBELLISHMENTS: The Hobby House pearls.

Thanks for visiting me today and thank you for the lovely comments that some of you have left on my video from yesterday, they really are appreciated :0)

9 June 2011

Now for something a little different ...

... A video! Now please be aware the quality isn't great as it is filmed on my little Sony Cyber-shot camera and also this is the first video I have ever made so I am definately not a pro at this! Both talking and the actual video process its self. I never realised I pronounced my 't's so well! ;o) Please feel free to laugh away!

So anyway, this is the tour of my craft room, there are new still photo's uploaded to my Picassa album on the right with info about the products etc. I hope you like it!!

8 June 2011

Happy Birthday Sarah!

As you can probably tell from the title of the post this card was made for my friend Sarah. I have used LOTV's Thomas with Champagne stamp which I thought looked a little like her beloved cat Bozzy! I have stamped him out and coloured with Copics adding glitter to the champagne using a Spica pen. I have then cut the image out using a Nestabilities circle and added to the base with 3d foam. The base is a sheet of Memory Box Dots Bluebird paper layered with Doodlebug Bubble Blue CS. I have also added a strip of this down the middle and added teeny tiny SU! pearls coloured with a Copic marker. I have punched out MS Monarch Butterflies using Memory Box Gingham Bluebird paper and added Doodlebug jewels in the centres. Sentiment from the Ladybug Crafts Ink Its Only Words 2 set stamped and cut out using a Nestabilities Label die.

STAMPS: Lili Of The Valley, Ladybug Crafts Ink. CS: Craftwork Cards, Doodlebug Designs, Memory Box. TOOLS: Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly punch, Copic Spica At You glitter pen, Copic Markers - cat: N1, N2, N3, N4, N5, N7, R20; mouse: E53, E55, R20; cork: E42, E43; present: B41, B45; shadow: W00, W1. EMBELLISHMENTS: Doodlebug Designs Mini Jewels, Stampin' Up! pearls.

Thank you for visiting today, hope you have a lovely day!

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