Thursday, September 21, 2017

Life is Like a Balloon


On Facebook Mo has two pages one the Bella and Bronte Clubhouse where you show off your makes and a Challenge page . Its worth joining for that alone. 

Well over on the Challenge FB page each month we have a challenge this month its using Life is like a Balloon now this isn't an obvious choice of image for me just look at those skinny arms and legs in the card below but I do love a bargain and you get two main images with a sentiment and if you merge the two together that makes three images altogether.

So today on my blog you get two cards but they're very similar. Above you have the doggy flying over the Zoo paper from Doodlebug At the Zoo. 

The papers for the balloon came from the same paper pack. Its quite easy to do, I insert my images into word and save them the right size for next time so when I need to paper piece I just print on paper not card. 

Using a dry ink like a roller and in my case I use repositionable so I can rub it off, stick the pattern paper on the paper and reprint then fussy cut out. Which also allows me to make extra balloons too.


This time I found the Memory Box Cloud Background in the middle of some scrap card seemed right to use it for the other image. I cut out using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and stuck a blue bit of card behind it. You could blend blue ink on a bit a card but I was in a rush as usual.

The papers are you guessed it Doodlebug, this time I used Yankee Doodle and so are the balloons and the dodgy strings on the extra balloons was with a pen.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pop it Up

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the CAS Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

Pop It Up

You can make a pop up card or use 3D foam to pop up elements on your project. We will be looking forward to seeing how you interpret this theme 

We are showcasing Lawn Fawn Products this week! You don't have to use them to join in with the challenge but if you have some we would love to see them used!
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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I nearly panicked when I saw Pop Up for a challenge I kept thinking of those complicated cards that need your brain in gear to make. I then double checked and read the rest of the information and you can used 3d foam to pop up you image and I sighed with relief.

But has a DT member I thought I would push the boat out a little by making an Easel card well it pops up!

I had brought this Belated Birthday stamp and die set a while ago when I realised I was permanently late for Birthdays cards at the moment. I had planned to use the words with other stamp sets I have but when this challenge came up to showcase Lawn Fawn I thought why not use the Turtles/Tortoises


I used Lawn Fawn Lets Polka in Meadow for my sky and grass also there's dotty pink in the pack too.
My Border is again Lawn Fawn this time its the Valentine Border die.

With green pattern paper I used Simon Says Stamp Slopes and Hills and their Stitched Banners for my sentiments.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Golden Wedding


You may remember I made a Golden Wedding card using a Mo Manning image but I also may a more traditional Golden Wedding Card.

This time I used the Sizzix Bricked embossing folder and my Hougie Board to make the embossed stripes. Lawn Fawn Valentines Border with a bit of gold ribbon to hide my embossed patterned card's join.

The Ivy is a Creative Expression die and the flowers I think are Honey Pot Stamps using a gold inkpad and gold embossing powder.

The actual word were created on the PC and placed in the Spellbinders Floral Oval.

I've now given them to my friend who asked for them, I'm not keen on making cards for others I'm always scared they won't like them which is why I made two. Then they ask how much again I don't like asking for money so I always ask if they have a favourite charity to put it in their pot. In this case the lady is a doggy person and the RSPCA will benefit.

Had a lovely time at the Baby Shower yesterday, now we have to wait patiently for the arrival.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Child Labour



I found the two layouts I made at the last Bracknell Scrap Cafe Crop, I thought they turned out not too bad. The papers are some old Kaiser ones I have but the colours work for the little chap in my Sister's Garden.


The letters I'm pretty sure are Memory Box, the leaves are MFT and I have a stencil with the large scallops so I fussy cut them out.

The tag in the top layout is Simon Says Stamps but I can't remember who makes the sentiment.

My poor blog is suffering and I really must do better, life is really getting in my way. I finally managed to get into my craft room yesterday making my DT cards for this week. My plan is to make the following weeks asap and maybe have a play with all the new stuff that as arrived in my craft room recently.

Today I'm off to a Baby Shower first though Hubby and me have to shoot off to ASDA for some edible glitter for DD to finish some cupcakes.

We are also waiting for another Carpenter/Handyman to ring me back it with only be the sixth one but this one told me to ring him if I he hasn't got back to us over the weekend fingers crossed everyone.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Heart Tree

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Stamp It Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is

Clean And Simple 


We are showcasing CASual Friday Products this week! You don't have to use them to join in with the challenge but if you have some we would love to see them used! The lovely Michele Gross, owner of Cas-ual Fridays very kindly provided the design team with products to use for this challenge and we would like to say a huge thank you! x
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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I knew I wanted this Calm and Loving stamp set from CASual-fridays, I think I was more interested in using the heart blossom stamp to make my own background. There are some smaller heart stamp to fill up any spaces I've missed.

I used Oxides to make my background but I did this before I went on my hols and I'm not sure which pink I used and there are a few. I've checked by making a sample and can confirm its Worn Lipstick and Candied Apple.

I then stamped my tree and using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle cut it out and then used the Scallop Border die again by Simon Says Stamp. I used the rectangle dies for the background I made and the two together to make a rectangle.

To finish I used the Simon Says Stamp Best Hugs stamp set for my large hugs and the it will be ok was with the Calm and Loving stamp set.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Latest Crochet Update


I've started a masculine Ross Poldark from Catherine Bligh, Stylecraft have used this pattern as a cal but I had already downloaded the pattern although their video did help with a tricky bit.

I'm making it for a special guy hope he likes it. The Lost in Time Shawl is still a work in progress but I have another Scheepjes Whirl to make another or a different pattern.

My DD has now informed me a dear friend who had been trying for a baby as now been successful and it means another a baby blanket. I think they are going to find out the sex so will wait to hear what colours I will need. I think I will do another Rainbow Ripple Blanket with a comforter too.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Stamp It

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

Stamp It

i.e. use a stamp, no digi images allowed
STAMPtember® is a very special month on the Simon Says Stamp  calendar and this week we are showcasing some of the latest STAMPtember® products. You may not yet have any of the new products but we would appreciate you using Simon's Exclusive Products if you have them, although it isn't necessary to join in with the challenge.


As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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The arrival of a new  Simon says Stamp Stamptember Artsy Shapes stamp set came along the same time of an ordered parcel with Simon Says Stamp Encouraging Animals inside. It seemed only right to combine the two.

I have to thank my friend Anna who suggested to use the larger stamps as a banner it really does work a treat with a bit of Doodlebug Twine.

I stamped my cat twice so I could cut out the glasses and I didn't have the dies so I carefully cut the cat with a little border, practice makes perfect or so they say. When everything was in position I used Glossy Accents to make it look like glass in the glasses.

I'm pretty sure a sketch was used to inspire my layout of my card but can't work out whose, could be an old one. But I made a long banner using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banner and used a sentiment that came with the Encouraging Animal stamp set.

The spotty paper came from Lawn Fawn Lets Polka in the dark and I used a bit of red to mat and layer to make it stand out.
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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Tag


So finally Stamptember has arrived so I hope you're following Simon Says Stamp on FB and their Blog to join in all the fun. I was very lucky to receive a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called Artsy Shapes.

Now I'm going to honest they really not my type of stamp I don't do journalling books which I would imagine they would work great but what I did like was the line stamp which would work for journalling on Scrapbooking pages and love the date which again for scrapbooking.

The tag I made was using the Simon Says Stamp Dress Up Tags dies this also comes with me every time I go to a crop. I used the recent colours released Oxides Salty Sea, Picked Raspberry and Antique Linen.

Now you could stamp the Artsy shapes first and mask them before blended but I'm far too lazy to do that so I stamped them on white card and cut them out. I used a Distress Pen Pumice Stone round the edges to hide my rubbish cutting.

Mmmmm I think I could use these Artsy shapes a lot after all.x

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Skipping Santa


Has September creeps nearer tomorrow even I starting to think about Christmas card, I think the Mo's Snowy House will be a firm favourite and it works brilliantly (well I think so) with Skipping Santa.

I found a scrap of dotty blue patterned paper and used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and added a red mat to help it stand out.

I very carefully tried to cut the Santa leaving a white border round him for a base image so I could layer on top. There were a few slip ups but I think I got away with it.

Added a bit of gold on his belt and tassels using a gold pen and rather than use my flower soft and fun flock mixture I decided to use glitter and promptly carried on wearing it for the rest of day.

Lastly my favourite Christmas sentiment from Simon says Stamp especially with a santa image.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hero Arts

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We also have a special challenge for children between the ages of 2 and 16! CLICK HERE or on the logo to go directly to the challenge page
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This week the challenge is
Anything Goes 

This week we are showcasing Hero Arts Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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The moment I saw this Hero Arts Thorn Tree and Grass die I knew I wanted it, thinking it would be a perfect addition for Scrapbooking just need the right photo. But in the mean time a CAS card to show it off.

I cut the tree twice once in brown and once in green, I carefully cut the branches off the green piece and then llayered it over the brown tree. I used Stick it foam squares cut to the size I wanted to give dimension but I stuck the two end to the brown card, I then overlapped the tree on the side of the card.

The sentiments I used is the Simon Says Stamp Seeing Stars to finish.

Are you getting excited for Stamptember which is only a couple of days away, I know I am.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Puddle Fun


When you have a fabulous pics of your gt nephew it was only right to make a scrapbook page with them.

The paper are Echo Park but I've a couple boy paper collection that the scraps are altogether since they are similar colours.  Again the stickers are from their collection. I get to use the Tim Holtz Sixxiz splat die.

The stitched letters I think could be probably American Craft.

Yesterday my daughter and I went shopping, half the flat lights brought and Sofa ordered in one of the shops I didn't expect to go in. You would think Oak Furniture was all about wood furniture but there was a nice selection of sofas too. She managed to get a huge free clock no idea where that will fit.  Again the carpet shop wasn't the one I thought we would get them from and a chap is coming tomorrow to measure up for us.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Crochet Update



I thought it was time for a quick crochet update and took some photos with my phone, but it seems to alter the colours of this ball of Scheepjes Whirl Lavenderlicious. Not sure how far I can go so I'm guessing some unpicking will involved to make sure I have enough for a border.

The pattern is Lost in Time which is a free pattern on Raverlry, found it a bit tricky to start and I'm pretty sure there is a bit a mistake at the beginning but once you get into it, its fine.
I wanted the dark purple at the end so I haven't started at the centre of the cake which you are expected to work from. I've also used a smaller crochet hook because my crocheting looks better but could make the shawl smaller but we will see.


Thankfully my last baby blanket is done and I made a comforter in the same colours but I'm not showing it since I know the person is on FB and posts make its way over there so just in case here' a sneak peek.

There is to be a Baby Shower and I've been given my homework, my daughter has hers too.

Lastly I've had my wool order from Wool Warehouse, love that it comes with a net bag that I can put my finished items in. Looks much nicer when they are given in the bag.
I've decided to do a masculine blanket I thought Ross Poldark by Catherine Bligh but will probably do the same as the Demelza and omit the stripes.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cheek to Cheek


I've been asked to make a Golden Wedding card, I've already made a traditional one but I thought I would use an actual image card and thought Mo Mannings Cheek to Cheek would work.

The papers are Penny Black and of course thats my all time favourite Floral Oval from Spellbinders.
Flowers are Upsey Daisy from MFT and I think it their leaves too. The numbers are Simon Says Stamp die and I computer generated the Golden Years and used two very old Stampin Up punches.

The ribbon was in my stash and the embossing folder is the one I used for the Wedding Stationery I posted last week along with the Stitched Scallop border die from Lawn Fawn.

Originally I was just going to colour her dress but decided that I'll paper piece it instead. As I sit here I see a mistake and hopefully no one will noticed because I've just looked at the card and it well and truly stuck down.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Back to School

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Add A Sentiment Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We also have a special challenge for children between the ages of 2 and 16! CLICK HERE or on the logo to go directly to the challenge page

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This week the challenge is
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This week we are showcasing Avery Elle Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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The problem of making cards in advance is remembering what I used so fingers crossed that I remember everything.

I wanted to buy something from Avery Elle that would never go out of date and would work for card making and scrapbooking and for that reason I decided to buy Letter Balloons, I also have the Number balloons so the two will complement each other. They work brilliantly with scraps of card. I added a bit of sticky tape behind the holes at the top of each letter and again using scraps of white card cut the letters again and placed them in the holes.

The balloons stand out amongst the black card and it was only right to used the Simon Says Stamp Thank you Teacher stamp set in keeping with the back school challenge. I stamped with Versamark and used Bright White Opaque from WOW.

My twine is Doodlebug Beetle Black and the sentiment is Impression Obsession die, which I have moved several time and not helped my the dodgy photographer.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bird World


Not the best photos but it was the last time my MIL came down to visit, after this her health took a turn for the worse and she has now passed away. So I thought these photos were important to scrapbook.

Some Graphic 45 papers and some feather dies to bring the mix match colours together. My flying birds I think they are the Poppy stamps dies they are larger than the flying gulls of memory box.

Maybe not the best page I've done but glad that I did use the photos.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Wedding Stationery


First of all a bit of a warning there are a lot of pictures.

So here is the wedding stationery that I was involved in along with my Sister, the Bride and her Mum, plus anyone who had to help with the homework.

The Wedding flavour box was made with Stamping Up dies and I wasn't involved in drinking any of the bottles for the corks!

We made the covers for the Order of Service I used the Cuttlebug heart embossing folder and had to use the folder twice. The scallop heart border is Lawn Fawn and the heart is a Spellbinder die.
The ribbon is from a very nice man in Hong Kong and the Heart ribbon slider supplied by the bride.
The Bride was in charge of printing the rest and attaching them with a long arm stapler.
It wasn't without a bit of drama of previous day of her Wedding the chap in charge of the music rang the bride to say the service had the wrong version of a hymn and last minute printing a remaking of the Order of Service.


I knew the Bride had an idea of what she wanted for her invites and I seriously tried to change it. She wanted best way to describe as flip book. As you lifted the front page the different pages were titled at the bottom at different lengths.

So first I had to make a spine with folds and this time the Bride Mother was with us and once the spine was made I had her place some red double sided tape on all the sides. She took them home to finish and never wants to see a piece of red tape ever.

We made the cover using a similar version of the Order of Service. I was left making the scallop caps for my homework. The Bride then printed all the pages on the matching card and assembled everything together. We even had a perforated one to send back as a RSVP.


The table names all done similar to rest of the stationery and we backed it so the nice linen look card was on the back.

The name places were done all like save the date and it was the Groom's job to cut the corks.


The table plan was was placed on a mirror not the easiest thing to photo. My Cuttlebug folder certainly earned its keep and I still remember when I mislaid it the day before the Bride was coming to my house to use it. It's retired and you can't buy it and all the other folders are not the same.


Here's the table all ready.


There was lots of little touches.



And the Bride and Groom were very naughty here are my beautifully flowers and I have a gift token. I was more than happy to be a part of making my niece's wedding day how she wanted it.