Sunday, 26 July 2009

Thankyou card befor my trip.....

Over at The Crafty Pad this week the challenge is "Something New"
Now who doesn't like breaking out that new stash
to make their latest card - I sure do......
You could win a guest spot on their DT and a stamp.....
I rather like Shelley the Sheep and twitter!

Anyway I needed to make a thankyou card for my friend Chris.
One of the reasons we don't do holidays is along with 3 children we have 3 Persian cats....
So you can imagine how hairy my house is! Snap, Ellie and Freedom are going to be very well looked after this week by Chris - probably getting far more welcome
attention than they do normally.

For the card I used my newest paper stash from Basic Grey
(half price in a sale aswell - how cool is that)
and this beautiful girl by Mo Manning
that I found while avoiding housework/packing today!
Coloured with my new copics( well had them a couple of weeks now)!

Visit you all when I get back!

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Winner of my candy.....

Half asleep this morning - out at an 80's night at one of my girlfriends - great night we all took photos of ourelves from the 80's - not laughed so much in ages....
Anyway the winner of my blog candy - to have a digi stamped designed for them is

Please pop by and let me know what you'd like Rozzy....
and everyone else don't dispair.....I really enjoyed doing this and will do it again sometime
but also as a wee thankyou for everybody and a little celebration candy
( I have taking over hosting C.R.A.F.T. Challenge)
I will put a free digi image up for everyone on my return from holiday Sunday 2nd August.....

Thursday, 23 July 2009

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 10 pink and green

The challenge this week is to create a project in lime green and pink at C.R.A.F.T.

I decided to a doodle girl with a Klimt influence. I am a big fan of the work of Gustav Klimt having seen an exhibition of his in Brussels in 1987. My dad was working out there at the time with I.B.M. and it was the first exhibition I remember having a big impact on me - probably
the reason I went into textile design at Art School.

Pay C.R.A.F.T. a visit to see what the rest of the D.T.
have been up to this week. Also just look at what you could win......

we are having a wee change this week with a challenge for a fortnight - give you all a little extra time - aren't we this weeks entry is due in by Wed 5th Aug 8.00pm GMT.

We are also looking for new DT members.....join in the fun!

Copic Colour Challenge

The challenge this week at copics colour challenge is to use the colours above....
I used them all and E08 & YG67

I had just bought this fab Mellow paper from Basic Grey and thought it was a great colour match. Doodled a tree with apples to go with the paper design.

Glossy accents on the apples and crackle glaze on the tree
( a treat at my local craft shop yesterday!)
are sponsoring the prize - a £15 gift voucher....go look!

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Crafty Creations Challenge - a sketch!

This month I am enjoying a stint as guest DT member for Crafty Creations Challenges.....

The challenge at Crafty Creations this week is a layout.
I am still rather obsessed with my new copics and decided I would like to do something bright and cheerful using that fab bird Basic Grey paper from the Lime Rickey collection.
I used a first layer of printed acetate, with layers of Basic Grey, handmade orange paper and orange craft paper inked with red.

My sun is made from layers of Tim Holtz grungeboard
( half price at Silly Monkey Crafts at the mo) painted with Tim Holtz Crackle paint,
sanded, inked and constructed with eyelets.

Two rows of 3 eyelets with grungeboard layer to centre eyelet.
A few Basic Grey birdies cut from the fab paper.

My doodle of house and trees to co-ordinate coloured with copics.
Handwritten sentiment with Basic Grey rub-on swish....

this week Dt member Jaime is giving the lovely prize - the paper pack she uded in her project.
Pay Jamie's shop a visit.....

Please remember Crafty Creations are looking for a new member for the DT - have a look at the work the other members of the DT produce.....

Monday, 20 July 2009

Polkadoodles - Free Tropical Birdies Challenge

If you haven't visited the Polkadoodles Challenge yet - it's great fun!
And you get freebies - what more could want.....
This weeks challenge combines a sketch (if you wish to)
along with their fab Tropical birdies free download!

When I saw the sketch - it mad me think of trees in a forest.

I would say that I have loosely used the sketch for inspiration and used the fab trotical birdies downloads to creat my trees and clouds. With a few birdies playing in the trees.

The backgrond is from the Once Upon a time range by DCWV. I printed the branches on a photo real autumn leaf picture, the cloud shapes on photo real sky paper and the tree tops on photo real leaf and assorted green papers.

Birdies are printed on Bristol board and coloured with Copics.

Some Sakura doodles to finnish.

As usual with their challenge - I just had a lot of fun!

Also remember Polkadoodles are looking to add to their DT - have a look it's a very tallented team.......

Sunday, 19 July 2009

My Orchid - Copic Creations - Botanicals....

Thanks so much Stephanne for giving me the link to Copic Creations Challenge.
Stephanne has beautiful projects - go pay her a visit.
This weeks challenge is "botanicals" and along with all crafts I love orchids.
This is a relatively new love for me - when I moved into our current home(3 1/2 years ago)
I bought one - and they seem to love my house and my lack of care for them.....
So when Stephanne gave me the link and it was botanicals - I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Also its about time to make that thank you card for Mum and Dad for these wonderful pens.
I know they will have a look - but it will get delivered by hand next week when we meet up with the kids.
I have kept the card very simple as I was pleased with my drawing of the orchid and didn't want to detract from it.
I have used a fab piece of Basic Grey paper from the Euphoria collection - wonderful colour and also alpha letters from the same collection.
Copics used were Y00, YR04, RV000, RV02, RV04, RV34
V04, V95, R29, YG03, YG63 and YG67.
Copic Creations have a fantastic design team , so pay them a visit!
Sponsorship this week comes from Flourishes who produce amazing botanical stamps and the prize is great!

Friday, 17 July 2009

Copic Colour Challenge - Zuni New Job

I seriously can't put them down.....
had decided I needed (yes that is the sound of addiction!)
to find a copic challenge -
Thanks Cheryl - saw your lovely card and sought the challenge out!

I am very fortunate to have two lovely sister-in-laws.
Had great news yesterday that my sister-in-law Zuni has got a New Job!
So this card is for her .
They have a lovely sketch over at Copic Colour Challenge -
pop over and see the fantastic DT cards - just brilliant!
Dream girl is my new doodle of the day and I think is appropriate.
Zuni is working with children who need extra support.......
I used Basic Grey Euphoria papers and card sticker letters and flourish
with a few extra doodled flowers.

Blog Candy.....your very own one of my girls!

Truth be told I have been really struggling this week as to making a decision over who to give the lovely award I received from Saskia ...
It is so hard when really I love all the blogs I pop by and visit and if I had to choose just one- if I am honest it would have been Saskia - which isn't in the spirit of the whole thing - I know!
So a minute ago I decided what to do - blog candy - random generator - so all is fair with the world!
To be entered in for my blog candy please...
1. leave a message here
2. post a link on your blog linking to my candy
3. All followers will get 2 chances
For anyone who doesn't know my doodles the girls above are mine.
My prize is to design a girl to your specifications - you give me a theme and I'll give her a likeness. Be it underwater, cats, dogs....just whatever you'd like.
My candy is open until Friday 24th at midnight.
I will send the winner the original drawing as well as a tidy jpeg for them to do as they wish -
so it is theirs alone.......

Thursday, 16 July 2009

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - a shaped card....

This week at C.R.A.F.T.
the challenge is to create a card that is shaped - not square or rectangular.

With Harry Potter doing the rounds I decided to go for a Wizards hat -
which stand surprizingly well.
It is double sided and the die-cut letters are added around the edge.

Finnished off with a dress up wizard - Sizzix body, die cut outfit with hand cut robe.

Thanks to DT member Tracy for sponsoring the challenge this week

Just look what you could win ......

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge are also looking for new DT members, including someone to run the blog
please note you're interest if you are keen to be involved!

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Craft Creations Challenge - Travel....

Come play at Crafty Creations Challenge this week - the challenge is to produce something linked to Travel.....

I have to confess I told my husband - Reuben - the challenge and he said how about a suitcase with wings, and I thought, you know that's not a bad idea!

So here is my suitcase gift box with wings-
Made from some map paper-this is a printe vellum from stash which I lined with cream card to give more body. Some little plane eyelets to secure the handle,straps and fastening made with pearlescent vellum. Hand drawn wings and a little tag from Paper Pizazz journey ephemera- a good giftbox for the man in your life!

The sponsor this week is DT member Ali with these fantastic ribbons....

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Polkadoodles Challenge - Buzz off bugs!

The challenge this week at Polkadoodles is to create a Get Well card
with an image of an insect and a ribbon type thing like string,raffia etc.....
I had a lot of fun with this one tonight! Least of all because my Caterpillar was rather mad looking once I had made him!

I have used an embossed card base, think a papermania one.
Flowers are downloads from the Polkadoodles shop.
Flowers were then coloured with copics as were the paper Ric rack stems which were then attached with eyelets and curled.

I added a couple of tiny rub on insects by flowers from Basic Grey - bee and ladybug.
Then using paper fringe coloured with copics I made Cameron Caterpillar - he is very friendly
and I am sure would cheer you up if feeling a bit under the weather!
Also if you should be interested Polkadoodles are looking for a new member for their DT. I recon this would be a fab opportunity for someone - they seem like a great bunch of people! Go have a look and have fun doodling......

Monday, 13 July 2009

Thanks Saskia!

Thanks so much Saskia!

I feel very privileged to have received this from Saskia. I am a big fan of her work as she creates so many different lovely projects in different mediums - It has been joy to get to know her since I have ventured into Blogland in the past few months - Thanks Saskia!
It never fails to amaze me the lovely people out there within the crafting/designing community- it's a cool place to be........
I have had friends round today and am exhausted (no crafting)- will check tomorrow if I can pass it on!

Sunday, 12 July 2009

I am loving these copics!

Have I told you all how much I am loving these copics?
Still playing - have ordered more suitable card/paper - couldn't get any locally.
Have watched lots of tutorials on You tube - it's so handy........
Do say I quite like a bit of a stripey effect as much as highly blended- just having fun! Am surprised they seem to work okay against digi images (printer ink).

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Allsorts Challenge - a Sketch.....Morven's Birthday

Mum and Dad if you are reading my blog please close your eyes....
Now I know it's not my Birthday for 6 weeks but I had to check that they worked okay and weren't faulty, mmmmmmm - what a fantastic Birthday pressie (thanks Mum and Dad) - Copics and boy do I love them already. Thanks Sylvia for your much needed advice and thanks Craft Obsessions for your excellent service! Well its my first try with my copics for this weeks fab sketch challenge at Allsorts.
I have used my image of Jenna Jellyfish and some hand drawn doodles on Basic Grey Euphoria paper - know I have a way to go - but loving those copics!
Some handcoloured starfish and Sakura for sentiment.
Pop over to Allsorts - some great DT cards and a lovely prize - crafting tote!

Thursday, 9 July 2009

C.R.A.F.T.Challenge - Special Birthdays/Anniversary...

Pop on over to C.R.A.F.T. Challenge this week and play with us!
Special Birthdays/Anniversary is the Challenge - be it a 1st or 100th...

My first card is a quick one for me using up odds and ends on a 6x6 card base.

The flower centre is 3 layers of coredination circles inked at edges, petals attached with eyelets are handcut Basic Grey Euphoria paper again inked.
Some die cut leaves with Sakura doodles and a couple of butterfles to finnish.

Next is a request for a 21st - Johnny the sailor aboard the HMS Lancaster.

The image behind is a photo of the ship printed in black and white.
The main design is on a piece of acetate which sits out from the photograph.
Popeye is hand drawn and coloured with Sakura - a few yellow brads for detail.

Die cut layered numbers and letters with Sakura doodles , yellow brads, Chipboard candle and rub on.

This weeks sponsor is............

and you could win the beautiful poppy stamp image on the card below.....

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Crafty Creations Challenge - Birds - Guest DT entry

If you haven't yet visited Crafty Creations Challenge - pop by.

The Challenge this week is "Birds" and they are happy to recieve any
handmade creations with a bird theme.

This is my first week as a guest on the DT and I am happy to be working with such a great bunch of creative people.

I have created a set of 5 atcs for this Challenge.

The birds are all Shrink plastic with hand drawn Sakura doodles.
They are hanging on a piece of wire with a glass heart bead.
I cut the little oval frames ( atc size) with a layer of Bloom and Grow, card on back and inked edges to tone with each bird. Then I have added some handcoloured leather die cuy leaves,
flowers, apples and butterflies.
(these are for the Drayton Swap on Trimmcraft)
Just look what you could win......

The brilliant prize this week is an owl download bundle from Polkadoodles
- Really enjoyed watching Nicky on Craft and Create this weekend showing her Sugar Birdies cd!

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Polkadoodles - Cape Gooseberry......

Okay it seemed like a good idea at the time....truth be known it was a challenge and I am happy with the outcome - just incase anyone doesn't know what I am wittering on about -

Cape Gooseberry

The challenge this week at Polkadoodles is to create a card or something with a fruit theme with a hidden element.

Why a Cape Gooseberry popped into my head I'm really not quite sure, but here goes -
My idea was the hidden element could be inside a box, so thats what I started thinking about a fruit that could encorporate a box.......
I have a pattern for a box on my pazzles - unfortunately I discovered it doesn't seem to work - luckily it cut most of it just had last side to finnish by hand then score it
(score doesn't appear to work on this pattern).I used a 12 x 12 sheet of orange cardstock - after making up box sealed edges with pva and tissue. Leaves were handcut from printed Vellum and inked. Joined leaves together with eyelet and added small eyelet at top of each leaf. Hole in bottom of box and joined box and leaves together with a pipecleaner for stem.
Added card heart to secure box with a gem brad - eyelet in box and lid with pipecleaner catterpiller to secure.......
I bought some great resin beads recently which I have made into necklaces for Hope.

Crafty Creations Guest DT member for July....

I am thrilled to have been asked to be a guest DT member for the
Crafty Creations Challenges in July. If you haven't had a look befor pop over and pay them a visit.....the challenge this week is Celebrations...

and you could win this lovely necklace!