Wednesday, 28 May 2014

More Music

Well here I am with another card with a musical theme.  This is the second one I made for my nephew to make his choice.

My Card

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Another 5" x 7" base card made from white card stock. I found the music (which is actually for the saxophone, so a great find) on the internet and printed it onto mushroom coloured card stock, matted onto black and then added to the base card. The sax was another internet find, matted and layered with mushroom and black card.  I computer generated the sentiment and matted and layered it in the same way.   Another very simple card but it fits the bill perfectly.

Hope this finds you all well.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Music Speaks

Good morning to you all.  I have scheduled this post so not sure what the weather will be like. I want to go out so I'm hoping it will be dry.  Monday was a steady rainfall from mid-morning onwards.  Ah well, at least the bedding plants I put in on Sunday are well and truly bedded in now.

My Card

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My nephew asked me to make a card for one of his colleagues who is a jazz lover and plays a bit of saxophone.  This is what I came up with.

5" x 7" card base made from black card stock . Die'sire "Seasonal Music" embossing folder. The sax player was an internet find and I computer generated the sentiment. The black feathery thread and the black pearls are from my stash.  It's a very simple card but it looks effective in it's starkness I think.

I have another idea in my head so hopefully I will have another card so that he can then have a choice.

Hope this finds you all well.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

OSAAT DT - Challenge # 214 - The Big One

Hello to all my friends and fellow bloggers.  Thanks for popping by to visit.

It's time for another challenge at  Once Stitch At A Time. The challenge is Anything Goes and we would love you to join us.  If you use a digi image from our sponsor Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet you could win seven digi images.  You can still win a prize even if you don't use one of these images, so what are you waiting for?

My Card

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My card is 7" x 7"from Anna Marie Designs.  The green tufty grass paper is extremely old stash - I bought it 13 years ago when I was doing a memory album for my dad who had recently died, which is how I can pinpoint it exactly.  The stream image at the bottom of the card is also one that I have had for ages and unfortunately  I have no idea where it is from. I coloured it with Promarkers and fussy cut it to fit the width of the card. The main image is The Big One from Stitchy Stamps and both images have been coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment tag is one I found on the internet and it really made me chuckle so I just had to use it! The fisherman's creel basket was also an internet find. I added the fish separately and hung it from a piece of thread.  In real life it is very sparkly but the picture does not show that.

Amended to add the ending.
Oops, somehow I have lost the bottom of my post.  Cut off in my prime, as it were! Anyway, here it is now.  Hope you have all had a good weekend.

Entered into:
Suzy Bee #30 - One for the Guys.
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
HIMCR - Lets Hear It For The Boy
CMC - Fathers Day/Boys Stuff
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes

Friday, 23 May 2014

Birthday Bluebells

Good morning.  Well we certainly had plenty of rain yesterday so I can't complain that my wells and water barrels aren't full.  I would just like to say - please rain overnight instead!

My Card

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I had this post ready yesterday evening but it was so dark due to the rain that I had to use flash and the reflection on the pearlescent card was awful.  It also altered the background colour of the topper so that it actually looked blue.  In the end I decided to wait and take it again this morning instead.

This is a 7" x 7" card from Anna Marie Designs.  I have used two different shades of pearlescent card for matting and layering.  The flowered backing paper is from a Papermania Designstax called "Lucy Cromwell" and the dotted one is LOTV "Promises." Both were just offcuts from my bits box.  The image is from LOTV Art Pad "English Charm".  I used SB Labels 8 and Decorative Labels to cut and mat the topper.  The bow is a Sue Wison die - the Classic 3D Bow - and then just a few pearls to finish.

Well that's it from me today - short and sweet.  I hope you are all keeping well.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Christmas Card Club Challenge - #11 - Recipe

Good morning.  Time again for another CCC card.  Boy these two weeks come round so quickly, but at least my stock of cards is rising so there will be no panic in early December.  This time it was Zoe's choice and she asked us to use a recipe - 3 brads, a button, ribbon and one other accessory/embellishment.  I have never made a card from a recipe and initially it all sounded very busy but I think I have done it, although I'm not totally happy.  I think I should have done better. Ah well, too late was the cry!  It's done, for better or worse.

If you would like to see what the rest of the girls gave done with the recipe you can find their details on my sidebar.

My Card
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My card is 6" x 6". I used SB Dainty Dots embossing folder on the top white card and a Crafts Too snowflake folder on the red card stock. The snowflake strip across the middle is Papermania "Home For Christmas." I just love this set of papers. The topper is LOTV (what else?) and I added some glitter to the hat, scarf and mittens. The three snowflake brads are from my extremely old stash!!!! The red striped ribbon for the bow is more old stuff. I found some red, cerise, lemon, green and royal blue in a cupboard upstairs and it's lovely. It was still in the bag from shop. Don't know how it got up there I'm sure. I threaded some narrow red ribbon through a flower button and popped that onto the bow. The final part of the recipe "one other embellishment" is the snowflake in the corner. It is a Marianne Creatables and it was in my drawer already made up with it's pearly centre. Finally I added the sentiment from Little Claire Designs and matted it onto SB Lacy Circles.

Yesterday I decided to spend some more time in the garden since it was a gorgeous day.  Unfortunately it was just too hot and even though I was wearing a hat and  sunblock I had to come in after an hour. I went out again in the early evening to finish what I started - much more sensible!  Quite a few aches and pains this morning though - definitely getting old!

Well I hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend whatever you are doing.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Wishing You Happy

Good morning to you all. Hope everybody is fit and well.

Yesterday I went out with the WI to visit a country house  which is not normally open to the public unless by special arrangement.  The gardens are, but not the house, so it was quite an interesting visit.  The house was built a few years before the Civil War and is still in the hands of the same family.  Quite an achievement. The weather forecast said rain and sure enough in the early part of the day it certainly delivered.  But fortunately it really brightened up and we had a lovely tour of the house and walk round the garden.  We also had afternoon tea at a local hotel so it was a very pleasant day all round.

My Card

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My card today is made with SB Tranquil Moments which I have not yet used. Once again I was able to use everything totally from my bits box, even the card base because it was an offcut from an A3 sheet. Mind you, it doesn't seem to be getting much less!  I also added SB Labels 16 in the dark fuchsia card so that the lacy detail showed up more. The sentiment is from JustRite Birthday Vintage Labels 4. I then just added a bow and a few pearls. Even the ribbon is very old stash which I have never got round to using. A very simple card to make yet one which looks quite special I think.

I think I'll pop over to the Snippets Playground to see if anybody is playing.  Better wear my wellies I think just in case!

Well that's all from me today.  Thank you for your visit. 

Sunday, 11 May 2014

OSAAT DT Card - Challenge # 212 - Use A Digi

Good morning to all my friends and fellow bloggers.  My cards are like buses - you wait for ages then two come along one after the other!

Once again it's time for another challenge at One Stitch At a Time  .
My Card

The digi I was given to work with is "Pillow Talk" from Stitchy Stamps.  Now a naked lady hugging a pillow is sooo out of my comfort zone, so I kind of fudged the issue.  I chose to interpret the expression on her face as dreamy and romantic rather than sexy and I took it from there.  I coloured the image with Promarkers, fussy cut it (not very well!) and then superimposed it onto the digi of a chair I found on t'internet.

My card is 6" x 6"  I matted a very old piece of  lavender paper onto the base card and then used Cuttlebug "Matelasse" embossing folder on a piece of purple pearl card.  Both pieces from my bits box. The flowers are Cheery Lynn large, medium and small roses but I have made them to look more like daisies with a gemstone in the centres.  The leaves are also  Cheery Lynn Wreath Strip. A piece of lace and ribbon from my stash were added.  I computer generated the sentiment and diecut using SB Scalloped Circles.

We would love it if you could join us in this weeks challenge.  The theme is Use A Digi and if you use an image from our sponsor you could win seven digi images. So what are you waiting for?

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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Just For You

Good morning to you all.  Thanks for dropping by today.  I've had rather a busy week with very little time for crafting.

My Card

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My card is  7" x 7" and is from Anna-Marie Designs.  it was matted with some pink pearlescent paper from my bits box.  The two patterned papers were also from my bits box but I know they are First Edition "Love Letters". The lovely image is from LOTV "Cute Cottage Garden" Art Pad and matted onto SB Decorative Labels 8 and again I used a piece of pearlescent card from my bit box.  I feel pretty pleased with myself that I actually used no new pieces at all. The corner dies are Cheery Lynn Lace Corner Deco C which I found already cut in the drawer where I keep my die cut pieces.The ribbon has the most beautiful sheen to it, and the pearls and dragon flies were from my stash.  I finished off by punching some tiny tags and cutting up a rub on greeting to add a word to each tag.

I hope this finds you all well.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Christmas Card Club - # 10 - Poinsettias

Good morning and I hope you are all well and enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend.  Friday was almost like winter here in Oxfordshire but yesterday, although it started very chilly turned into a beautiful warm sunny day.  When I drove to the next village to collect the newspaper the ice warning alarm on the dash came on, which gave me a bit of shock.  I assumed it was  a malfunction but no, the temperature was indeed only 3 degrees Celsius. I'm glad it was warmer because John needed some help in building a new fence and I told him that if it was cold he would be on his own!!!  I make a good labourer even if I say so myself!

My Card

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Usually our little Christmas Card Club post a card every two weeks but in order to fit them all in it was decided to fit in an extra one.  Rather took me by surprise so I had to hurriedly make a card. I had something in my mind but thinking I had an extra week I had to come up with something in rather a hurry.  This time it was Karen B's turn to choose and she chose  poinsettias.  They really are so indicative of Christmas aren't they?  Karen also celebrated her birthday on Friday so Happy Birthday again! 

My card is 5" x 7" and I used the Poinsettia Box Clear stamp by Woodware.  I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed it using Detail Gold embossing powder. I coloured it with Promarkers and then used tiny gold seed beads for the centres. It was matted onto green glitter card, red card and then onto the white base card. A gold bow and gold gems in the corners finished off my quick Christmas card.  This is a very flat card so very mail friendly.

If you are interested in joining our little group please contact me.  It is not a challenge club, we only want to get ahead with our Christmas cards throughout the year so there is no panic in the last few weeks.  If you would just like to see what the other ladies have made you will find their contact details in my right side bar.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the log weekend - particularly you ladies who work and so will really appreciate the extra time off!