Tuesday, 19 August 2014

On Your Retirement - Part 3

Another installment of the Retirement card! Here Green Fingers and Thumb Deirdrey from Dr Digi catches up on the gardening.

Looks like all the sun and rain of recent times has made the lawn sprout into an almost jungle - time for Derek to wheel out the mower....!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Paper Minutes: Die Cuts
Papertake Weekly: To Die For
Fairytale Stampers: Anything Goes
Hiding In My Craft Room: Use Ribbon

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

On Your Retirement - Part Two

So, you've gone for lots of long rambling walks and that has really invigorated you on your retirement, so what to do next?  Take up a new hobby of course!!

Here is Deirdery Wired For Sound from Dr Digi in her retro 80's outfit, slowly getting to grips with the roller boots, elbow and knee pads essential.


I used to have some rather similar roller boots. However they were butchered by my brother - his skateboards wheels were knackered, so next best thing were mine. And he tried to hide the evidence of his cunningness in the bottom of my wardrobe.

Nearly 30 years on and the memory still smarts somewhat.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes with Optional Sights, Sounds, Smells and Tastes of Summer
Crafting When We Can: Bright Colours
Robyns Fetish: Anything Goes
My Time To Craft: Unusual Coloured Hair
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes

Monday, 11 August 2014

From The Heart Stamps - Sketch #76

Here is the new sketch over at From The Heart Stamps - the challenge is open for two weeks and you must use a FTHS image and follow the sketch - the twist element is entirely upto you if you want to add it!


I've used Fishing Birdbrain and coloured it with Promarkers. The papers are Echo Park - Summerdays. I'm trying to use up all the offcuts of card I get when making a square card from an A4 sheet and I've managed to use one here - thats why some elements of the card fall off the edge!


Half pearls, embroidery thread and charm are all from my stash. Good luck with the challenge!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Kraftin' Kimmie: Outdoor Activities
Speedy Fox and Friends: Feathers
Animal Friends: Summer
Alphabet Challenge: M for Men

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Simply Create Too - Old / Vintage Challenge

Woooops! I totally forgot to blog my card as part of the Old / Vintage challenge at Simply Create Too! I make lists of everything I have to do along with dates of when my projects are needed, and for this particular one, I'd crossed it off on my list and didn't schedule the blog post..... There is still time to enter the challenge but be quick!

I've used papers from Funky Hand - Wash It All Away and a fab topper from Cardmaker's Delights which is part of a pack of 8 in similar styles and they also now sell downloadable toppers!


The sentiment stamp is from Our Betty clear stamp set also from Funky Hand, and everything else is from my stash. Good luck with the challenge!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Kitty Bee Designs: Birthday Boy
Creatalicious Challenges: Monochrome
Patties Creations: Monochromatic
Wags n Whiskers: Birthdays

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

On Your Retirement - Part 1

As I mentioned last week, I've been busy making cards for work colleagues who are leaving. This particular card is one of a kind and is for someone I've worked with for quite a number of years and there is nothing that she doesn't know - she's the typical go-to person in Finance!

So it can only be fitting that her retirement card is something to remember (and its already giving the office giggles when they are signing it!)

So I proudly present, What To Do On Your Retirement, Part 1 - Go For Long Rambling Walks....


Faldaree Deirdery from Dr Digi sets the tone perfectly! Come back next week, same time, same place for the second installment!

I've used Promarkers to colour plus Echo Park Summerday papers; a Sizzix die cut tag and a handwritten sentiment. I've also used an X Cut die and a Marianne Creatables for the grass.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Come And Get It Challenges: All About Dies
Crafting When We Can: Bright Colours
Crafty Calendar: Anything Goes
So Artful Challenges: Glasses / Spectacles
We Do Doobadoo Challenges: Celebrations

Monday, 4 August 2014

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #75

As you'll probably know from my previous post, I'm one of two Guest Designers during August and September over on From The Heart Stamps! I was already a big fan of the digis so its a bit like Christmas - getting to play with my favourite toys!

The current challenge is a fab sketch and it has a twist - to use buttons. Normally, the sketch challenges last just a week but during the summer its a fortnight, so here I am with some extra inspiration - and here is the sketch:


I've used Sick Chick, colkoured using Promarkers and papers from Echo Park - Splash; the buttons are from my rather extensive collection. I treated myself to a We R Memory Keepers stitch tool from Amazon a few weeks ago - I'd bought one of the heads for £1 in Hobbycraft (partly becuase it was a bargain!) and needed the actual tool. I used the needle that came with it and in hindsight I should have used one of my own finer ones as it was a bit clunky.


Half pearls and embroidery thread from my stash - the sentiment comes with the digi - perfect! Good luck with the challenge - please make sure you only use FTHS but if you join in, you'll be emailed a code to use off your next purchase in the store and its worth $1 and you can combine them so you get a free stamp!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Crafting When We Can: Bright Colours
Hobbycuz: Buttons Galore
Pile It On: Stitching
A Little Bit Crafty: Sew what?
Live and Love Crafts: Stitching

Friday, 1 August 2014

From The Heart Stamps - August Blog Hop!

I'm so pleased to have been asked to be a Guest Designer over at From The Heart Stamps for August and September! I've been joining in with the weekly sketch challenge and also the monthly progressive challenge for some time and I love using Faith's stamps, so you can imagine how pleased I was when I was asked!


At the start of each month their is a blog hop which showcases the fantastic work of the Design Team and this is the first hop I'm joining in with. Our theme this month is “Summer and Sunshine”.

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of their choice from the FTHS store. And additionally, one commenter on the From the Heart Stamps blog will be selected to win a $15 gift voucher to the store!

If you have arrived from Joanna (who is the other Guest Designer for August and September!), you are in the right place, if not why start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.

Here is my creation:


I've used Tropical Chick digi stamp, coloured with Promarkers and I've used a scalloped Nesties die for the base. The sentiment is part of the digi set as well.

Now head over to Angela and see what they have created. Thanks for hopping with us today! And don't forget to leave a comment! The hop will end on Monday 4 August at 6am, EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday 6 August. Good luck!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Good Luck Kitty

I've been busy at work. Not just working (although I do a lot of that!) but making leaving and good luck cards as it seems that now is the time to move on to pastures new for quite a few people. So I've made this card - a tee-pee - for one of my colleagues - she loves cats so Schrodinger from Dr Digi was a good call!


I've used The Big One papers which I've had for an age, coloured the image with Promarkers and cut it out with a Spellbinder die. The letters are in our organisation colours and is a Sizzix die. A few charms tied on with embroidery thread and its good to go! Plenty of room inside for everyone to write messages on too!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Whoopsi Daisy Challenge: Two or More Die Cuts
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes with Sentiment
Crazy 4 Challenges: More Than One Fold
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge: Anything Goes

Friday, 25 July 2014

Forgotten Funkies - Rainbow Polkadots

Its the last Friday of the month so its time for a Forgotten Funky!! And this month its the turn of the Rainbow Polkadots download. I've been going through all the old crafting magazines that were piled up and I've saved all the inspriation I could find and I came across making tee-pee cards, so here is one!

Really easy to make - 3 squares the same size, score diagnally tip to tip then fold in half and then glue all together!

I've used a Spellbinders die and stamped Our Betty - Your Special Day acrylic stamp in the centre and then coloured with Promarkers. I've also added liquid pearls around the edge of the card and image plus some half pearls too. I've secured the layers at the back of the card with a slider and a brad so it will stand up!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Crafty Catz: Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: Anything Goes
Wags n Whiskers: Polkadots
I Love Promarkers: Monochrome
Penny's Paper Crafty: Anything Goes

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Perfect Weather For Golf

Ah, there is nothing like a good round of golf! Especially as the weather in the UK is so fantastic at the moment. However, as Hole in One Hal knows, its the early bird that catches the worm, or in this case the entire golf course to himself. Which is no bad thing as he does like to exagerate back at the Club House just how well he managed the round.....


Buy the digi and the backing paper together from Dr Digi and save £1 in the store!

The letters and grass plus the balls are all Sizzix die cuts - I've added some flocks of birds to the sky and made the little flag myself!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Digi Makeover Challenge: Die Cuts / Punches
Stamp and Create: Birthdays
Crazy Challenge: Die Cuts / Punches
The Pink Elephant: Summertime