Oh Happy Days…

It has been an odd couple of weeks here – as I have not been well  have been pretty much house bound but June is looking like a very busy month indeed. My youngest son finished school on 27th May for good – just got his A level exams to get through and that is the ned of an era.  I will become an empty nester as he heads off to University in October. While they say that life begins again at forty I actually believe it begins again as soon as the children head off to start their own new chapters.  I see lots of crafty time on the horizon….

Meanwhile….Its challenge time here at 

Our theme this fortnight is 

Anything Goes 

Here is mine:

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It is a Saturated Canary image coloured with Copics and those amazing Flowers are from Petal Lu.  Card stock is from Stampin Up – these are the amazing new colours for 2016-2017 and can be ordered from here….http://www2.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx

Prize is a 30% Discount to spend in Petal Lu stores 

Petal Lu Facebook

Petal Lu – Shop

Petal Lu Creations

A new facebook page (to show off those designs using Petal Lu Blooms)
Can’t wait to see what you all enter.

So until next time – remember to stamp your place in the world! xxx

Celebrations!!!!

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Yes indeed that is what the Celebration AND the challenge is over at Love to Create (Link Here) this time – Birthdays and Celebrations.  Love to Create are Celebrating 2nd Birthday – WOOHOO!!!!!  Happy 2nd Birthday Love to Create!!!!

And for the start of the 2nd Birthday Celebrations I chose the Eva and Deacon image from Bugaboo Stamps (Link here) and teamed it with some rather delicious paper from Stampin’ Up!, a brilliant stamp and die cut sets, again from Stampin’ Up! and one of my all time favourite die cuts – the heart pennant from LaLa Land! The image is coloured with copics and I think it conveys HAPPY! which is what I really wanted for the Celebration challenge.

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 Why not pop on over and join us at Love to Create (Link Here) and share your project with us?  We would love to see what you make.

Until next time – remember to stamp your place in the world! xxxx

For the men….and boys…..

Well here we are again – weather been a bit kinder and I have managed to get out into my garden and clear up some weeds – just the rest of the garden to work on now!!! and of course I am not working this weekend but it’s heaving down outside! makes me wish for sunnier climes….

The challenge! Yup it’s time for the men and boys and with Fathers day coming next month I am going to need all the inspiration I can get…. here are my entries….image0255

So this first card features one of the amazing Visible Image stamps – Edgar. He is a such a dashing chap. I love his sartorial elegance with the cane….I teamed this up with some Tim Holtz tickets, Stampin’ Up! card stock , cotton ribbon and DSP and some gorgeous Bo Bunny paper. this is called Cambridge stripe  and is the flip side – they always have two fantastic sides making it usually hard to choose which side to have upper most – but in this case I totally love the flip side!  I used Pro Markers to colour Edgar in with.image0254

This second card I made as a Thank you for the trainer we have had for six weeks at my new job. Again it is a Visible Image stamp – Edward – he is about my favourite I think. I wanted to team colours up for this project as I had coloured the image with my Tim Holtz Distress inks before I chose the paper etc so here we have Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles, Stampin Up card-stock, ribbon and twine, Bo Bunny Boo Hooligans paper, a Joy Crafts die cut and emboss paper scroll and some metallic findings. Phew!!! The edges are finished with some  gilding wax to shine up the edges and tie in the metallic finish. I really enjoyed this one and the guy who received loved it too which is always the aim!

These cards are for the ‘For the Men’ challenge over at That Craft Place and you can give the girls a ring for the products where they will be delighted to help you choose your favourites!  Why not have a go yourself and share your makes over at That Craft Place blog? We would love to see what you make!

Until next time….remember to stamp your place in the world! xxx

Altered Items

Well Hello! has it really been only two weeks? feels both longer – lots happened – and shorter – where did the time go? I know from talking with my other pals they all feel the same. Long winter means that we are all rushing like made to straighten our gardens ready for some much needed warm summer days…Come on summer, need you now!!!

Okay – the Challenge for That Craft Place….Altered item…hmmmm this one had me thinking, I dont actually do many altered items…(What do you do? I hear you shout!!!! I know right? I spend hours crafting and most of it is in class preparation…honest!)  I had spotted these slightly larger than normal cotton reel thingummy bobs…and that got the juices flowing a little…so this is what I came up with….

Started like this....
Started like this….

And in the wink of an eye they became this….(Actually took a teensy weensy bit longer than that but …hey ho!)

Altered Cotton Reels
Altered Cotton Reels

Here are a couple of close – ups…

image0245image0244image0246image0247image0248I do hope that you like them, I have used cotton reels, Vintage lace, seam binding, flowers, pearls, Memory Box die cuts, bits of dowling out of my dads workshop (shhhh! don’t tell him!!!!) and dolly forms – which are every where right now! I used some glossy accents to secure the dowling into the cotton reels and placed a small circle of card to cover the base for neatness. Remember, that you can make these in the wink of an eye (!!!!) and take part in the challenge of an Altered Item. The girls over at That Craft Place will be delighted to help you with all you need.  Good luck and please share your finished item with us……until next time, remember to stamp your place in the world! xxxx

Oh Wedding Belles….

So here we are again with another challenge ahead of me…this time it is a Wedding theme!  If there is one thing I dont do it is weddings. Weddings and babies!!!!  So thats two things….I think it is because my boys are not yet at the age where they or their friends are having babies or getting married. It will come I know but I am savouring it in the meantime. However, I do have a lovely project to share with you for the That Craft Place blog challenge and here it is….

 

Wedding explosion box
Wedding explosion box

I really enjoyed making this box project – The base box is made out of pearl card stock – its a little bit thicker than normal at 300gsm so make brilliant boxes.  I have then used Sahara Sand card stock and seam binding ribbon from Stampin Up, the die cuts and flowers are Joy Crafts Floral flourishes and corner die cuts.  The glass vials came from That Craft Place and I filled them with frantage pieces which were also mixed with clear embossing powder to highlight the centre of the butterflies and the flowers. The butterflies were punched out of pearl card stock using a Stampin’ Up butterfly punch.  Here are another couple of images….

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I hope that you like this project and encourage you to join us for the Wedding theme challenge over at That Craft Place challenge blog.  I can’t wait to see what you make for the Wedding Challenge…..See you very soon….X

This is my first ‘That Craft Place’ design team project and I am so excited to have been chosen to be part of the design team. It is a daunting project with so many talented people around and so many different aspects to crafting to be having a go at but here goes …. and I truly hope you like it.  Whilst I have made this card specifically for the challenge – which is ANYTHING GOES by the way!!! – I had already spotted this image somewhere else and loved but thought I might have to wait until the winter months came back around to use it. One of my favourite things about crafting is the colouring in – I like lots of different media for this but my current favourite is marker pens… 

Winter Fairy Talva
Winter Fairy Talva

Ingredients

 

Card Stock – Stampin’ Up! Whisper White/Pool Party/Midnight Muse

 

Papers – Prima Firefly

 

Glitter Card Stock – Stampin’ Up Silver Glimmer Paper

 

Die Cuts – Memory Box

 

Image – Mo Manning

 

Promarkers Pens

So that’s the first project made – have a look over on the That Craft Place challenge blog at all the wonderful and amazing projects the other girls have made and maybe have a go yourself – you never know it could be your project that wins the very next prize!

So till next time – remember to stamp your place in the world! xxx