Monday, November 26, 2007

Bits and Bobs...

There isn't a lot going on here at the moment, things are beginning to fall into place with our Christmas plans. I know in my head most of the gifts that I need to buy and I have quite a long list of Christmas projects that I would like to make either to give away or to keep for ourselves. I spent a little while yesterday crafting and some time today also, working on Design Team projects and have plans for more work tomorrow.
I struggle to call myself a scrapbooker these days as I very rarely scrap. I tend to do more in the summer when I am out and about with my camera having adventures in my little mini car. But, yesterday I made 3 layouts to go in an album that I am making for a friend. It's been a long drawn out process but the album is starting to fill up now. I gave my camera to my friend for a weekend and these are the photographs she gave me. Some were lovely - others were so exactly like Ela that I had to use them!

This is a card made with some of the lovely Christmas products from Trish Jones. Lots of scrummy earthy colours and it was good to make Christmas projects that stayed away from the traditional red, green and sparkle.

Final picture to share tonight is using my latest digital purchase, don't you just love these 'Pirats of the Caribbean' designed by Pattie Knox? They're not just ordinary pirates - these are piRATS!! and they are fabbaroonie.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Friday Again...

Creative title huh?

This is a catching up kind of post, I've not been too good at blogging in the last couple of weeks but I can sit at my desk for longer now, so I thought I would get all of these cards photographed, edited and uploaded.
The first card is for this weeks DCM dare - to use a song as inspiration, but the words were not to be seen on the front of the card. I used the Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow song for mine and used my new Magnolia and Sugar Nellie stamps to make some more Christmas cards.

Some cards I made for Kate Hadfield's Design Team:

Funky Junky Christmas Kit

Princess Tea Party Doodles:

A Bakers Dozen Doodles

Space Doodles

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Dare...

The dare for this week over at DCM was to use gold on a card. Now I just don't 'do' gold, not on my crafts or in my house or on jewellery or anything really but I've been making an altered wooden tree to go on the hearth during the Christmas season and the living room colours are cream so the tree really needed golden snowflakes. Whilst I was making the golden snowflakes for the tree I pinched one to go on my card and I think it actually looks alright. It's 10:30 and it's dark so I had to take a picture on my desk (obviously I had to clear a space to get a 6 inch card into first!!) so the picture is rather naff but I tried to get the glitter to sparkle.

If anyone can leave me a few hints about taking pictures indoors in the dark please leave me a comment!!
Thank you to the forum friends who have asked after my back. It's a LOT better then it was but still hurts if I move or bend the wrong way or move quickly unexpectedly. I'm getting out for more walks but the weather is so horrible - wet and cold - that I'm worried that I shiver and start it all off again so we are going to try indoor walking in the shopping centre. Hopefully if we go through the day it won't be too busy and I can just walk along at my own pace and sit down when I need too. (My Mam has just read that part over my shoulder and said who was I kidding - not too busy 5 weeks before Christmas!!) Anyway, we'll see tomorrow when we try it out.

Monday, November 19, 2007

A few bits and bobs...

First off, can I tell you how much I love my new Cricut Expression? It is fabarooney, it behaves itself, it does exactly what I tell it to, it looks neat sitting on my work bench, I love the 'click' when you close up the lid and it's little clunky noises when you press its buttons. In general it is fantastic and I am so pleased that I spent this months ISA savings money on buying it!!

I have some cards to share too, now the weather in my little part of the UK is pretty gruesome at the moment - think dark through the day so that we have our lights on all day, rain, rain and even more rain and add in a little bit of fog and mist as well as being very cold and you can understand why my photographs are not of the highest quality. My back is still not fixed either so I can't really bend over to line up my camera (it's mending, but not mended yet).

I used up left over bits and pieces for this card with a little fairy that came from a kids craft CD I bought at a book fair.

This card is my favourite at the moment and I don't really want to give it away but it's for an order. I used up some ancient K&Co paper that I've had for a couple of years as well as a digital piece from the Funky Junky Christmas kit. I used my Cricut for the star, scroll (love this shape) and tag, lots of inking and my black pen for fake stitching on everything.

This is the first card made with my new Sugar Nellies stamps. I think he is so sweet - I can see him being used on many a Christmas card this year!

I wanted to share my Christmas hanging banner too although the photographs aren't any good really but we did the best we could, hopefully we'll get better weather at the weekend and I can retake them.

I used a bunch of wooden hearts that I bought at the Art from the Heart stand back at the Harrogate show a while ago, covered them with a lovely thick Christmas text paper that I found in my cupboard (I'm sure I don't buy half of the stuff that I find in my cupboards - I wonder if I have a little stash shopping elf like in the Elves and the Shoemaker?), added a load of chalk ink and sanding and then painted some chipboard letters and attacked them with walnut ink, chalk ink, sanding and some rather lovely crackle accents. Have you noticed my rather fantastic Matalan snowman who sneaked into the picture. He's back in the corner of the living room now, waiting for December 1st so that he can begin to decorate our home.

Lastly, if you are in or around Harrogate this weekend, why not call to the International Exhibition halls and visit my friend Kim and the Fat Quarters shop. They've started to sell the Melly and Me patterns (the pattern I use for my fabric bunnies) and she's just lovely :)

Friday, November 16, 2007

It's Pudsey Day...

It's Children in Need day today, I hope you've donated :)

Children in Need 2007

If you like my fabric bunnies that I make then be sure to check out the It's A Creative World blog tomorrow for details of a super prize draw!!
When I checked my comments this morning I had a comment from a lovely lady asking me to point her in the right direction for Trish Jones Designs - somehow I lost the comment, but if you click on the button down the right hand side of my blog then you'll get to Trish's site :)

Not much going on here because my back is still hurting, but at least I can feel it getting better now.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Little Extra...

The little extra challenge over at DCM was to use parcels on a card, whilst this weeks main challenge was to use corrugated card. I managed to use even more of my 10 year old roll of corrugated card and some of my new Doodlebug stamps to make another Christmas card.

My back is still very sore from when I hurt it on Friday, yesterday I went to the doctors and I have torn some of the fibres in my muscles running up the side of my spine. So I am taking it very easy and taking a multitude of drugs, hopefully I'll be back to normal next week.
I have done a spot of internet shopping whilst being at home and some of the delightful Sugar Nellies are heading in my direction, hopefully they'll be here by the weekend :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Only 6 weeks to go...

Not long until Christmas now :) I think I should start to buy some presents for other people, because on Saturday I bought my new Cricut Expression. I've had a bit of a play and I think he's fab! Our weekend away at the NEC craft show didn't go quite as planned as I managed to hurt my back whist travelling down on the Friday night so I'm not feeling too good but we still enjoyed ourselves. Dad came with us too so we had a really nice Indian meal at the restaurant we used to go to when we lived down there.
I was inspired to raid the back of my cupboard to complete the DCM challenge for this week which was to use corrugated cardboard on a card. I've had a roll of this red corrugated card in my cupboard for more than 10 years!!! So I thought I would use some of it on this card, I'm so pleased at how it came out that I'm planning on making a few more :)

(Pink Petticoat paper, red corrugated card, doodlebug ho ho ho tag stamp, Craftfairy ribbon, Making Memories word brad and little silver bells)

Kate has designed some new doodles that are in her shop now and she joined up with Jacque Larsen this time - fabarooney!! I couldn't resist using the teapot - it reminds me of Beauty and the Beast!

(Kate Hadfield doodle, Amy Wolff digital papers, CK Tailor Sloppy font, Craftfairy spotty ribbon)

I've also been playing with some of the kits from Trish Jones Designs - I loved these flower doodles

(Popsicle Meltdown papers and Discover Flowers doodles by Trish Jones, Making Memories phototurns, Papermania brads, Waterfalls font)

(Popsicle Meltdown papers and Discover Flowers doodles by Trish Jones, Cricut cut leaves, Paperchase acrylic jewels)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Christmas cards...

I wanted to share some of the Christmas cards that I've been busy making this week, mainly for friends' children (poor photographs but it's 11:00 and obviously dark again)

I've tidied my desk now as tomorrow night I'm going to the cinema with a friend and then on Friday straight from work we're off to Birmingham, first for a curry at our favourite Indian Restaurant in Lutterworth on the Friday night and then to the craft exhibition at the NEC on the Saturday. I'm collecting (and paying for!!) my Cricut Expression, so expect to see lots of cards made with it next week as long as my arms have recovered from having to carry it from the exhibition hall to my car!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Trish Jones Designs...

I've been playing and having a fab time :) I had a nosey around Trish's shop and this kit leapt out at me so I used it for a couple of cards yesterday (had to wait until today to take photographs though)

The only things I added apart from white card and my black pen was an acrylic jewel from Paperchase and the white letter stickers by Doodlebug, all the other papers were from the kit. I cut the numbers by hand and the fake ricrac with my paper cutter, the flower was made with my EKSuccess retro flower punch. I can see this kit being used over and over again because the colour combinations are fab :) and it just happens to fit the bill for the DCM challenge too so I'm off to post my link over there too!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

November already...

I have no idea where this year has gone, it doesn't seem two minutes since Easter, but here we are into November already and I'm counting down the days until Christmas :) Today whilst out shopping I came across this:

Isn't he just the cutest indoor snowman you've seen?
I've been crafting this weekend and my news is that I am now designing for Trish Jones Designs. I've spent some time looking her online shop and downloading some kits for projects that I'll be working on this week.
The DCM challenge this week is to use hand cutting somewhere on your card.

I made this cute paper pieced penguin Christmas card and all his body parts were hand cut and then doodled around the edges and he was assembled with foam pads to make him stand out.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

A Flying Visit...

I'm just dashing out the door to go to work but wanted to remind everyone that there is still time to donate to Breast Cancer Awareness over at It's A Creative World via our Just Giving page and today is extra special as there are loads of prizes being given away during the day and everyone is able to download these fantastic pink doodled flowers by the talented Kate Hadfield.

I'm hoping to use them to make a few cards tonight :)