Thursday, 31 July 2008
Three very simple cards using just one of the themes on the lovely 'Funky Little Christmas' download from Funky Hand. The cards virtually made themselves! Aren't those toppers fab? (Also on the download! Even the doodling is done for you!) I love these, and they are just the tip of the iceberg. Plenty more where these came from, when I have a little more time on my hands.
While I am here, I need to thank my Funky Hand DT mate, Ruth of Tip Top Toppers' fame. What a kind, thoughtful person she is.. All the other girls were cracking on with their designs, and I was bewhinging on our DT blog about running out of ink, and couldn't afford to get any more just yet, so she printed off a whole sheaf of papers from the downloads for me, so I wouldn't be left out and sent it to me as a surprise! What a sweetie!! :o)
Papers (incl. trees & toppers): Funky Hand 'Funky Little Christmas' download
Snowflakes: Kaleidopunch (Amethyst & Citrine)
Christmas verse stamp: Penny Black
Snowflake stamp: From a cube of four snowflake stamps.. can't remember whose! Sorry!
Glitter glue: Stickles Crystal
Embossing: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, swiped with white Versamagic to pick out the dots.
Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Sunday, 27 July 2008
And yes, I know it should be a heilan' coo, but Penny Black don't make them, and as this is for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge on a farmyard theme, I had to make do. (sigh)
Message on the inside reads: ".. to see what's moo with you?" (grrrooaannn)
But that's not as bad as our Kath's "In the Moo'd for love"!!! hehe
Although I was shattered from lack of sleep thanks to the sultry summer night air, I was up and raring to go for my pick-up at 10.30. My 'date' was my new bloggy friend, Debbie, who contacted me after seeing my '50' card on the Inspirational blog, as we are both in the same town.
We have been emailing and leaving bloggy messages back and forth, and Debbie invited me to accompany her on a stash-hunting trip to 'Calico Crafts' and 'Capture The Magic', both located in one small industrial estate on the edge of Soham in Cambridgeshire.. quite a bit south from where we are. I had been to Calico Crafts some years ago, but back then, they were squeezed into a tiny little hut off a dirt track at the back of beyond. They have come on a bit since then!
I told Debbie I had no money to spend, but it was great to go and drool over the Aladdin's Caves that these shops both were. I lived vicariously through Debbie yesterday, and the day was a great success! We got along very well, and I'm sure we will be repeating the exercise sometime soon... although Debbie is a very busy lady! Wife and Mum of five (for goodness' sakes.. didn't they have a telly???), holding down two jobs, and doing a distance-learning diploma in garden design, as well as keeping up an extremely respectable blog and churning out some stunning far-from-five-minute cards, I have to say I am somewhat in awe of this mega woman!!
On top of everything else, she brought tears to my eyes by presenting me with a gorgeous little ATC she had made especially for me, having picked up on a couple of clues that I have a thing for bees!!! Hence 'Bee-ing Happy'! ;o)
Thank you again for my lovely ATC, Debbie (my photo doesn't do it justice, either), and a wonderful day out. I really enjoyed it! (And if anyone's curious about the gorgeous stash Debbie bought, go and visit her blog and take a tour of her lovely creations!)
Friday, 25 July 2008
Anyway, I received this gorgeous award from both Dawn and my Funky Hand DT-mate, Kath, and I'm thrilled! Isn't it beautiful? And what an honour to be chosen. I'm touched. (Don't say a word!! lol ;) THANK YOU, Dawn and Kath. :)
Both these ladies are wonderful artists and lovely people. If you haven't visited their blogs before, you will not regret taking a few minutes to go and take a peek. You will be well-rewarded with heaps of inspiration!
There are conditions attached to this award:
1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it's up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post.
The Purpose of the Award: To send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.
Goodness! How do you choose who to send this award onto, when there are so many women in my 'virtual life' who would fit the bill in spades?
While I'm thinking about that, there are four extra special women in my 3D life who I would nominate if they had blogs, but they deserve a special mention anyway, and I am privileged to be related to them...
- My Mum, Vida. My best friend, without whom I would be lost.
- My daughter, Karen. The very definition of a Wylde Woman! ;D Love her to bits!
- My sister, Lynn. Always there for her family. Very generous with her time.
- My auntie Pauline. Always loving, friendly and supportive of her family.
Now.. back to virtual reality.. There are a few that I would like to nominate for special attention, and they are the two ladies I received the award from in the first place.. Kath and Dawn, but also Gina, Emma and Debbie. These are all women who inspire me in different ways, and whom I have grown to love over the past few months. What a treat it has been getting to know them.
"...we thought it would be nice to have a look back, and dig out some of our 'old' papers and embellishments and make a card with our 'preloved' treasures. I think the tendency these days is to get on the 'latest must have' band wagon, sometimes, its nice to recognise what we already have- even if it isn't the 'latest' embellishment/paper."
My card is a very quick make. I dug out some hammered cardstock that I haven't used in ages, my deckle-edge scissors, some paper rosebuds, some wire, a sequin heart and some tiny peel-off hearts (although I do still use the rosebuds and the tiny hearts from time to time, so they might be considered current stash, though I've had them for donkeys years!).
Nice to make something that only takes a few minutes for a change! ;o)
Thursday, 24 July 2008
You have to make a card to Katharina's cool sketch (on the right), and the call is open until 30th July, so there is time to get your entry in if you fancy your chances! :o)
To check out this wonderful offer, go to Anice's blog, Funky Hand Thoughts. (While you're there, take a wander through Anice's inspirational creations. She has a lovely, refreshing style you can't fail to enjoy!)
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Silver thread wrapped around to echo the white distress lines.
Snowflakes cut with two different Kaleidopunches.. Amethyst and Citrine. Also added a snowflake brad from stash, and some faux gems.
Frame around stamped image hand-drawn and cut.
Making Memories 'Heidi' alphabet rub-ons
For true inspiration, go and visit Christine's blog, Creative Journey, and be prepared to be thoroughly gobsmacked by the beauty of her creations.
ALSO... this stunning card (below) is one of her entries in the Papercrafts Gallery Idol competition, and I would like to help build her on-line fanbase! Please go and vote for her card by visiting HERE.
Friday, 18 July 2008
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Acetate 'card' has been glittered around the edges with transluscent Ixie Dust (that is not a typo! ;o)
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Delft blue Dutch-style peel-offs, Anita's alphabet peel-offs (coloured with Ultramarine Staz-on).
Blue Stardust Sakura pen.
White Souffle Sakura pen for scallops & doodled dots.
Flower, pearl, lace, rosebud, shell charm & chain from stash
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Wall-hanging using an old CD. Used Crop-A-Dile to punch the hole and set eyelet.
Covered with paper from stash, and used Timber Brown Staz-On to run around the edges, then dark brown Chalk Eyes.
Large brown blossom from stash and black scalloped edge circle spattered with white paint using a cheap toothbrush.
Embossed white circle mounted in centre (uses Cuttlebug folder)
Chalked heart shape decorated with flourish stamp, gold bead spray and old British penny (1946) and ha'penny (1954).
Antique look spiral clip, ball chain and embossed & aged heart charm.
Centre strip of Basic Grey paper mounted on card, inked edges, embossed in gold using Rhonna Farrer Autumn Leaves 'Elegant Flourishes' stamps.
Decorated with cream cotton crocheted lace.
Satin ribbon hanger.
Cardstock: Black matt cardstock, stamped with Fontwerks circles in silver, and punched down the side with a border punch.
Making Memories stitched grosgrain ribbon
Circle dots embellished with Stickles (Stardust) and blinged up a bit with some pink gems.
Doodled dots between punched holes with white Sakura Souffle pen.
Flowers from stash blinged with glitter, pearls and gems.
Sentiment: Making Memories 'Heidi' rub-ons
Monday, 14 July 2008
AWARD... My bloggy friend and super-talented Funky Hand design team mate, Kath, has offered this award on her blog, and I liked it, so have whipped it for my Trophy Cabinet!! lol ;o) Cheeky, or what? hehe
Friday, 11 July 2008
This is an appeal on behalf of busy bloggers. Please spare a thought for the poor bloggers who work so hard at getting round as many blogs as possible to leave sprinkles of pixie dust and good vibes wherever they go. The terrible proliferation of this awful plague of word verification is a blight on their efforts to make Blogland a cheerier place.
So please (see.. it's a pretty please! lol)... Cancel word verification on your blogs! Have blog owner approval by all means, but word verification is a pain in the proverbial (insert appropriate noun here)!!!
I know it is supposed to prevent spam, but I got rid of it on my blog some time ago, and I have only ever had to reject one single spam message.
OK.. rant over. Thank you for putting up with it, and ~ obviously ~ do what you wish on your blogs, but I had to say SOMETHING!! I love to get around and leave comments, but this is driving me scatty!
Monday, 7 July 2008
Papers: Laura Ashley paper & Bazzill cardstock, Cuttlebugged with the Birds & Swirls folder
Stamp: Penny Black (of course!)
Scallops achieved using edge of Fiskars shapecutter template
White doodle dots by Sakura Soufflé pen
Buttons, brads, lace and padded star embellishment from stash
Sunday, 6 July 2008
Saturday, 5 July 2008
The Good #2
Blog Candy!! Received my parcel from Justine this morning, which contained some Fiskars goodies for me to play with! A Hearts border punch, a pack of texture plates and a texture tool, and a gorgeous Tilda card.. Lovely! :o)
I have the border punch already, so this one will be 'paid forward' in my next blog candy offering, but I have never used the texture plates before, so will look forward to having a go with them!
Thank you, Justine!! :o)