Sunday, 30 January 2011

Party Challenge on the Polka Doodles blog

I just found the Polka Doodles blog and challenge site. Having glimpsed a bit of the Polka Doodles show on Create and Craft the other day I thought the stamps looked interesting. I had to go out so decided to record the show on sky plus and thought that I would watch it while I did the ironing today......unfortunately it only recorded the 7 mins that I had seen as it seems to have decided to cancel itself the moment I walked out of the room...I'm just hoping that the show gets repeated as the colouring technique looked really interesting.

Anyway...I saw that this weeks challenge is Party Time! As it looks like you can use any stamps I thought I would join in....can see me having to get some Polka Doodles stamps sometime though! My card uses the LOTV It's my party I hope this counts! The papers are from Papermania and the flowers are made from Tim Holts Tattered Floral die. The image is coloured with copic markers and distress inks.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 29 January 2011

M is for Men

Over on the Alphabet challenge blog the challenge for the week is M is for men. Always a tricky one!

For my card I have used a Wild Rose stamp, stamped in DI Black Soot and coloured with copics. the ribbon was from Stampin Up and the papers are wild asparagus. The Happy birthday stamp is from Tanda Stamps. I used some glossy accents on the beer glass to give the card a bit of dimension.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Pink and Brown Tanda Teaser

The next Tanda Teaser is a colour challenge. I needed to make a card for one of my daughter's friends who has just had a little girl. She's not into pink so a classic pink girly card wouldn't I thought add a bit of brown and a bit of grunge and this is what I came up with.......The teddy (Tanda baby and toddler set) is coloured with copic markers, distressed with distress inks and layered on mats cut out with spellbinders dies. The flowers were made using Tim Holtz tattered florals dies cut out of handmade paper from Ikea, scrunched up and distressed. The backing papers are from the V & A Inspired collection. I added a little more dimension to the card by coating the heart with glossy accents. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else makes of the Teaser over on the Tanda Blog!

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Hand Made Embellishments and Another One!

I have just realised that the next Tanda Teaser goes live tomorrow and I haven't even posted my version of the last one here on my blog.....So this is a quick post to give some details.....

For the card I used a mixture of stamps by Tanda, Paperartsy and Lost Coast designs. The main image (Tanda) was coloured with copics and distressed with distress inks. The flower was stamped with Paperartsy stamps and cut out with their matching dies. The flower centre was made using a bottle top, stamps, seed beads and UTEE. The die cut flowers and leaves were coloured with distress inks, curled to give depth and the edges of the petals and leaves were brushed with versmark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

In the last couple of days I have made a card for my husband's cousin who has just got into dress making. Her birthday is on Thursday, but I am sure that she doesn't know of my blog so I think that I am safe to post her card here.

I got the Tim Holtz tattered floral dies just before Christmas and have been looking forward to using them to make some embellishments....Here I used Tim Holtz stamps on tissue paper with pumice stone distress ink. I was trying to get the effect of using pattern pieces. I layered them up, scrunched them and used buttons to make the flower centres. The main image on the card was stamped in black soot distress ink and then coloured with copic markers. Art Journey sewing stamps were used to make the background with pumice stone distress ink.

The next Tanda Teaser goes live tomorrow so watch this space!

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Manic few days crafting...loads of mess...a few cards made!

I had a long chat the other night with Zoe....trying to decide whether to colour or not to colour... I decided to colour in the end and I can report that I am very happy with the result...cannot share atm though as it will be a Tanda Teaser card in about a month's time...the card itself is winging it's way to Canada as we speak..well I hope it is! So watch this space!

So I've spent the last few days making cards trying to give myself a little buffer. Jan/Feb is totally manic for birthdays. DH has been away but quite horrified by the state of the kitchen counter and the dining room table on his return...have spent most of today just putting everything away...clearing the decks ready for a mammoth crafting session while he is away next week!!! So far I've covered all the birthdays in Jan...just need to knuckle down and sort Feb's birthdays out!

So what am I going to share now.....Firstly "Lot's to do challenge blog" has set a brayering challenge this week.

Hilda is a friend of Zoe's and Zoe is a friend of mine so I just thought it might be nice to support Hilda in her last Lots to do Challenge and wish her luck in the future! For this card I have used a LOTV's more pretty than cute. The brayering was done onto an embossing folder as per "Angelnorth's instructions".....Hope this counts!

Secondly, I'm joining in with the "LOTV wings challenge" ...I've been having a good play with the Tim Holtz tattered floral dies...totally love them... and you will see that I will be using them regularly!...just need to go back to Ikea for more hand made paper!! This card is an emergency card...hence no's on stand by for one of my girls coming home saying I need a card for my friend tomorrow! know the problem! LOL!!!

Bye for now

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Bad, Bad Blogger!

Over a month since my last blog posting, I haven't even posted the Tanda Teaser on this blog from last week! (It is over on the "Tanda" Blog though if you want to join in). Just don't know where the time went over Christmas. Well I do, my Dad spent Christmas in Hospital, we thought he was going to die on two occasions, so much of Christmas was spent running backwards and forwards between Epsom and Worcester. I have some amazing photos of the M25 in blizzard conditions and drivers playing snowball on the slip road of the M3 because they got stuck on the slope. A truly memorable journey and one I don't want to repeat in a hurry (40 miles in 5 1/2 hours and ended up where I started)!

Dad is now home. Everything the hospital tried to bust his clots made him bleed out from an ulcer that has been caused by a tumor the size of a golf ball. The tumor is a new complication and inoperable so we are waiting for the biopsy result and the resulting case conference to find out what if any chemo drugs might work. In the meantime, mum is doing her best to feed him up. He got very weak in hospital not helped by the fact that they were unable to cope with his food allergies. We are just hoping that we hear something soon, and that it's good news for a change!

Oops got a bit off track there....was supposed to be posting my entry into the latest "LOTV challenge" ....only a few hours to go. I spotted the challenge, a sketch, last night and thought I would have a go...cannot believe that I was in the top 3 the last time I entered...fingers crossed they like this one too.....

I used Lazy Afternoon, stamped in Distress ink and then coloured with Copics. I split the stamped image between two layers of my card to fit the sketch. As the little man was reading the paper before dozing off I used a section of yesterday's front page as my horizontal band...(this is a print of a scan as the real thing will yellow with age). All the circles were cut out using nesties. the background paper is from the Hampstead collection by Papermania.

hope to post a few more things over the next few days....make up for lost time!

Happy New Year everyone!