- The winner can put the logo on their blog.
- Link to the person you received your award from.
- Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
- Put links of those blogs on yours.
- Leave a message on the blogs you've nominated.
- Wear a posh frock if you like, lots of bling and make a speech, but - sorry - no red carpet
Monday, 30 June 2008
Sunday, 29 June 2008
The only hedgie stamp I had was this Penny Black 'Xmas Kiss'. Hedgie is holding some holly on the stamp, so had to conceal that somehow! By co-incidence, it matches the colours required for this week's challenge on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog... pink, brown and green! hehe :o)
Papers: From the Shabby Saturday download, available on the Funky Hand web-site, HERE.
Stamp: 'Xmas Kiss' from Penny Black; 'Elegant Flourishes' from Rhonna Farrer. Coloured using Prismacolor pencils, with Zest-It blending solution and stumps.
Scalloped mount created using Fiskars scalloped-edge scissors
Ribbon and brads from stash
So.. with apologies to those who've already seen this.. this is my submission for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge #1.
Papers: The papers and letters are all from the V. Funky CD from Funky Hand.
Stamp: 'Baby Kitty' from Penny Black.
Glitter glue, Glossy Accents, stars, brads, ribbon and fibres from stash.
Saturday, 28 June 2008
Papers: Laura Ashley from the Traditional 6" x 6" Designer paper Pack, and another beautiful rose print paper that I've had for a while and is unlabelled
Stamps: Stampabailities 'Thoughts Are With You' CR1072; Hero Arts 'Spirit Heart' E3391; 'Elegant Flourishes' by Rhonna Farrer
Metal embellishments: Making Memories 'Believe' charm; Corner scroll from stash
Glossy Accents used on Heart stamp, which is layered up
Flowers, pearl spray, brad and ric-rac from stash
Anyway, to the crafty business in hand... Two cards today, for the 2 Sketches For You blog, but going back in time as I have some catching up to do! These were for Kazan and Laura's first sketch challenge on their blog. I have another two to catch up with!! But - rather sneakily - one of them is a Christmas theme, which fits in nicely with this week's Daring cardmakers Challenge, AND both cards use Funky Hand papers, thus fulfilling my duties as a Funky Hand DT member!! Well, don't know about you, but I'm impressed!! Didn't I do well??? lol ;o)
Card No.1 is using Kazan's Sketch #1
Papers: From the 'Yule Be Funky' CD-rom by Funky Hand
Snowflakes: Kaleidopunch and another small one from stash
Sentiment: Computer-generated in Cezanne font
Gems, charm and vellum from stash
Card No. 2 is using Laura's Sketch #1
Am regretting the handwritten 'birthday' on here, but the rest works alright, I think.
Papers: From the 'It's Funky Too' CD-Rom from Funky Hand
Boat is an original drawing by me
'BUOY' lettering is from a Cuttlekids Alphabet
Brads from stash
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
I'm not entirely happy with the composition. The oval should have been positioned just a little higher up the card. Also, my white pens didn't cope very well with polka-dotting the mulberry flower, so I tried oil paint, and it didn't work too well!! Never mind.. you learn by trying, right?!
Made to a layout design on the Trimcraft sketch challenge #5, HERE.
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Not sure I like the result, as it's not my sort of thing, but... for the sake of art...
Union Jack image: Printed on the draft setting for a faded look. Rest is self-explanatory.
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Number templates: Produced using Wordart
Papers: 'The Funky One' CD-rom from Funky Hand
Butterfly: Made from stamping two butterflies onto acetate with black Stazon, and colouring with Sakura Stardust pens and pink glitter, then layered ontop of each other, with some bend in the wings.
Antennae are silver wire and beads.
Pin: Glass-headed dressmaker's pin with two Swarovski crystal beads glued on to cover the sharp end
Blossoms, brads and ric-rac from stash
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Stamp: 'Bonnie Westies' from Little Claire. (Have only used four of the squares.)
Colouring medium: Prismacolor pencils + Zest-It blending solution + blending stumps
Sentiment: Computer-generated, glazed with Glossy Accents and raised on foam pads.
Ric-rac, spiral clip & mini brads from stash.
This next card serves two purposes... I bumped into an old friend of mine on Saturday, a lady pastor who leads a small Christian fellowship near Ramsey in Cambridgeshire. She told me she will be having a stall for an eight week period in Ramsey's Summer Fair, and asked me to make some Christian-themed cards with scripture to sell on the stall. We agreed what prices she'd like to sell for, and this is the first... Made to a Trimcraft Sketch Challenge layout.
On the inside of the boat panel, I have used the following scripture from Psalm 18:2:
"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. "
Stamps: The yacht is an old PSX stamp, and the swirls are from the 'Elegant Flourishes' set by Rhonna Farrer. (Yacht image coloured with watercolour pencils, and decorated with silver glitter glue for the bow wave, and Glossy Accents to highlight the boat.)
Paper: Basic Grey Blitzen Collection, BLI-348 Polar Blue (but heavily sponged with shades of ink from a Kaleidocolor pad, Blue Breeze, which is also used for the flourish on the inside of the card)Rub-ons: Making memories 'Heidi' alphabet
Gems, navy & embossed silver cardstock and brads from stash
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
Everything is from stash. The lilac blossom is K & Co., highlighted with Sakura Stardust pen, and the 'lilac' is my hand-writing.
Monday, 16 June 2008
While I am here, I am sure I have said before that Kath is one of my cardmaking heroines.. her blog is full of awe-inspiring designs, so I would encourage you to hop by for a visit as soon as you can. :o)
Sunday, 15 June 2008
Not sure he would have approved of this layout, but he's not around any more to argue with me! ;o) RIP, dad.
Paper: Computer-generated using a shape in Word and the formatting menu to fill it in.
Cardstock: Leaf-embossed gold card
Rub-ons: Making Memories 'Heidi' alphabet
Buttons: Old RAF uniform brass buttons
Other: Gold peel-off lines
Thursday, 12 June 2008
I distressed and inked the edges of the lower panel. It was far tooooo 'clean' for me! lol ;o)
The layout is based on the sketch from the Trimcraft sketch challenge No. 2, and will be my birthday card for my lovely Auntie Pauline. Well, either mine or my mum's! She commissioned me to make a card, so I will make another and let mum choose her favourite.
Card blank: Cut down from A4 silky smooth white card from http://www.madaboutcards.com/
Sentiment: Handstamped using Versacolour inkpads
Everything else: DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies Mat stack & stickers + Dovecraft ribbon
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Thank you, Trimcraft! And thanks again, Trimcraft members, for voting for my project.
Here is a pic of my prize...
The challenge was - you guessed it! - to use some ribbon in your project!
Papers: Beautiful free papers from an old Simply Cards & Papercraft issue, yonks ago!
Stamps: Fontwerks (stamped in clear ink and chalked to co-ordinate with paper)
Eyelets: Making Memories
Keys & Chalks: From stash
Monday, 9 June 2008
Secondly... Yayyy.. I won the vote on the Trimcraft Summer Florals Challenge! No idea what the prize is, but I'm sure it will be lovely!
Want to thank everyone who voted for my tag book. How humble it makes you feel to be counted equal to some really lovely creations in the final five. It's done my ego no end of good!! lol
I am finding that I love doing challenges and competitions, as they really force you to try and think outside the box and stretch your usual boundaries, so it's really good for developing your skills. It really isn't all about winning prizes (although, I have to admit, that's very nice, too!! ;o)
Here, again, is the winning tag book...
Sunday, 8 June 2008
Saturday, 7 June 2008
Friday, 6 June 2008
You would be doing yourselves a huge favour by checking them out, but the pictures on the web-site do NOT do them justice, believe me!
Would I lie to you? ;o)
Thursday, 5 June 2008
To check out the five finalists, go HERE.
And to have your vote, register on the Trimcraft site by clicking on the banner. (Highly recommended.. it's a very active, fast-growing yet still warm and chilled out forum. Err.. warm AND chilled out? Now, that's quite an achievement! lol) ;o)
The card uses papers from the Shabby Saturday download, available on the Funky Hand web-site, HERE.
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
It is also my first card with my one and only Tilda stamp! Somewhat customised with some doodling.
Please note that the red heart on the right IS made of felt!! ;o)
I used a flamingo stamp to create the background, a Cuttlekids snake double die-cut and the 'Miss You' sentiment is from the 'Now That's Funky' CD from - you guessed it! - Funky Hand. And, of course, the ever-present doodling and inked edges! If my new flourish stamps had arrived on time, it probably would have had some of them, too!! Everything else is getting the flourish treatment! lol ;o)
Forgive my crowing, but I'm excited! I have been selected as a finalist in the Trimcraft 'Summer Florals' Challenge, and the members of the forum are voting on the five shortlisted entries. As I write, mine has 26% of the vote.. the biggest share!!! The winner will be announced on Monday, and get some stash for their efforts. Not sure how MUCH stash, but it's all good, right? :o) Not sure I'll be able to contain my excitement!
Of course, the status quo could change, and to be honest, I think it should, as there are some much better entries than mine.
Anyway, check out the entries HERE.
Sunday, 1 June 2008
The stamped image used in the background is a cropped section from one of my favourites, but I rarely get to use it... It's from Stampland Chicago. Anyone into stamping would do well to invest some time in browsing their catalogue of amazing stamps! Follow the link HERE.
The stamp is called 'Swept Away' 4142-39 and can currently be found on P.41 of their catalogue, HERE.
Thank you also for the giggle! Some hilarious comments... You know who you are!! lol ;o)
Right.. OK.. I suppose you'd like to know who's won then? hehe
Well, I decided to use the Random Generator website to produce a random sequence from the number of entries, having first given a numerical label to everyone who entered (stripping out duplicated messages, and my responses to some of them).
The Random Generator came up with the following number at the top: 11
And the numerical label that corresponds with No. 11 is ............. (drumroll please) ..........
Congratulations! I'll leave a message on your blog.
This scrap page was a last minute attempt to produce something else for the Trimcraft Summer Florals Challenge, but I'm not very pleased with it. Fortunately, the paper carries it, I think, but the turquoise ribbon was a mistake. Still, not bad for saying I was in a hurry, I s'pose.
The photo is of my beatiful daughter, Karen (if you hadn't gathered! lol ;o), taken at Ascot in the summer of 2004.
The page uses Dovecraft paper (for the brownie points!! lol ;o), but I couldn't tell you which pack (because I'm too gosh-darned lazy to go downstairs and look. Ask me if you would like to know and I will move my derrière to go and find out). The flourishes are Rhonna Farrer's 'Elegant Flourish' stamps. The page title is computer-generated, and the flowers were découpaged using blossoms from another page of the same paper.
If I'd had more time, I would have finished it off with some lovely buttery yellow gold accent beads in the flower centres, some buttons or brads, possibly some doodling... maybe some faux stitches, but then, you can fuss with things too much and push it too far the other way.