Friday, July 20, 2012

Big Girl

Hello Peeps
Another card that I have made for Lianne's 15th Birthday, next week, that I thought I would enter for Mo's DP2 Challenge #144 Hugs 'n' Kisses.

This is such a lovely image from Mo Manning over at, she's called 'Big Shoes' and you can purchase it here.

The background papers used are from a paper stack called BLOSSOM from Grace Taylor, which was a recent purchase from Hobbycraft. The sentiment used is from Create with TLC and was a digital freebie.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Forever Blowing Bubbles...

This card was made using a Penny Black stamp that I have had quite a while. I was lacking inspiration so I consulted my 'inspiration jar' and selected the following challenges for myself:
  1. Use a Penny Black stamp that you haven't used in a while.
  2. Do not add any colour to the main image.
  3. Apart from Black or White only add one additional colour.
The only addition to the main image that I used was a little Stardust Stickles on the bubbles (although I don't think that shows up very well on the photograph).

I then added a simple 'Hero Arts' sentiment, a couple of corner pieces and some plain white Card Candi from Craftwork Cards that I added the same Stardust Stickles to.

Hope you like it and thank you very much for stopping by.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Slipping through my fingers...

I have made this next card for Cupcake Craft Challenges, their theme this week is 'Number Cruncher'.

I was going to make a card with an accountant, maths teacher or something similar on the front and then I remembered that Lianne, my eldest daughter, will be fifteen on the 27th July and therefore decided to make a card with '15' on the front instead.

I am going to put the lyrics from 'Slipping Through my Fingers' by Abba on the inside, as follows:

Schoolbag in hand, she leaves home in the early morning
Waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile
I watch her go with a surge of that well-known sadness
And I have to sit down for a while
The feeling that I'm losing her forever
And without really entering her world
I'm glad whenever I can share her laughter
That funny little girl

Sleep in our eyes, her and me at the breakfast table
Barely awake, I let precious time go by
Then when she's gone there's that odd melancholy feeling
And a sense of guilt I can't deny
What happened to the wonderful adventures
The places I had planned for us to go
(Slipping through my fingers all the time)
Well, some of that we did but most we didn't
And why I just don't know 

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see what's in her mind
Each time I think I'm close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time 

Sometimes I wish that I could freeze the picture
And save it from the funny tricks of time
Slipping through my fingers...

Slipping through my fingers all the time

Note added: 16th July 2012
Just a quick note to thank the DT at Cupcake Craft Challenges for choosing my card to be one of your 'Cupcake Cuties' this week, thank you xx.

Laugh a Little

Another little gem from Lili of the Valley... God I love this cute little fairy lady.

I made this card a while ago and photographed it but never got around to uploading the picture to Blogland.

The sentiment is Hero Arts (I believe) and the background papers are scraps I had lying around. Sorry, I can't remember who, what, when or where they came from...

The image was coloured with my Copic Pens and I added some silver Card Candi from Craftwork Cards.

Spots and Dots

I made this card using papers that were a freebie gift from one of my craft magazine subscriptions and I roughed up the edges with my scalpel. I then printed the Sugar Nellie image and coloured her in with my Promarker pens.

I added the Craftwork Cards sentiment and some flowers, leaves and pins to finish off the overall effect.

I love how this card turned out.

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to read my posts. I hope you like the cards here and take a few moments to leave a message or two.

Thank you x

Highclere Decoupage

I made this card a little while ago but Darren, my boss was so pleased with it, that I wanted to share it with you.

He had arranged to take his partner Jayne, to Highclere House (where Downton Abbey is filmed and located) for her Birthday, last month, as she is a big fan. So of course I had to make the card all about that.

I downloaded a picture of Highclere and printed it off three times. I then used the more prominent parts of the image to decoupage it. The picture doesn't really do it any justice but like I said, I had to share it with you as not only was Darren pleased with it, but I got a 'tip' too. How cool is that???

The inside of the card was the same image but very printed very feint and over the image was the itinerary for the day, which began with her breakfast, a wonderfully relaxing massage followed by the tour of the house and the gardens and then a lovely lunch. She's a very lucky lady. I'm sure that the only other thing that could have made her day more perfect would have been if Alexander Skarsgard had been doing the massage himself.

Pretty in Pink

Hi ladies (and gents)
I made this card for the following Blog Challenges.
 It's the first time I have entered the Cutie Pie Challenge so I hope I meet their criteria. Anyway, enough shout out to the Blogs, here's the card I made.

I made this really sweet card for my grandmother, who I affectionately call Nanny. She has been in the hospital for the past three weeks but I am delighted to say that she was discharged on Wednesday of this week and this is a 'happy thoughts' card for her.

The background paper which I attached to an 8 x 8 inch white base card, is from Craftwork Cards and has a shimmer effect that you can't really see in the photograph. I then cut a smaller piece of pink shimmer card and ran it through the Big Shot to add a patterned texture and mounted that onto black card. The image is from Lili of theValley and the sentiment 'Sending Lots of Happy Thoughts Your Way' is from Penny Black. Both the image and the sentiment were also mounted onto pink card and then re-mounted onto black cardstock.

The N-A-N-N-Y letters have been cut out by hand and I coloured the image with promarker pens. I then added some wedding sparkles (the swirlie bits) that I bought in a bargain bucket at Hobbycraft - I knew they would come in useful for something and they finished this card off perfectly).

I then added a few other smaller bits of bling.

Hope you like it

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

So much news...

Hi guys and girls
I can't believe it has been a few months since I last posted on here.  So much has happened to me, I don't even know where to begin. I guess I could just start with the recent and let you all fill in the blanks.

Last Thursday I went to Queens Square to visit the Neurology Hospital where I had a lumbar puncture and several other motor sensory tests done. I'm not really sure what they are looking for (to be honest I'm not really sure that they are either) but I feel like I have been given a full MOT.

Never mind the fact that I have been in absolute agony ever since I had the anesthetic injection in my spine. That hurt 'more' than the actual lumbar puncture.

I have also got a new car... well, it's new to me, wanna see?  I collected him from Middleton Cheney the Saturday before last and YES... the number plate is currently 'DOA' but that will change very soon. Not that I am superstitious or anything, but hey why tempt fate. Besides I have a personal number plate anyway, so I'll just transfer it over.

I have called my new car 'Mr Grey' because I just love the 'Fifty Shades of...' books. I have just finished reading the final book and please... E L James, can we PLEASE have the Christian Grey version of the books as soon as possible. I am most intrigued to find out his relationship with Ana through his eyes.

Thanks for your loyalty and your patience. I look forward to putting some new cards on here soon. Once I have hunted down and snared my mojo...