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Sharing on another Sunday

Just a few more cards to share with you all today. My first one I absolutely love! This is for Color Throwdown's Challenge #126 to use Early Espresso, Kiwi Kiss, Marina Mist and Old Olive which are colours based on Basic Gray's Marjolaine DSP, which I just so happened to have an unopened pack of sitting on my shelf! This paper is gorgeous and perfect for both men's and women's cards. I used the more male patterns on this one. I also used Viva La Verve's February Sketch #1 and Farm Fresh Friday's Hats Off To You challenge to use a character with a hat and my Skater Ian is perfect for this one! Recipe: Stamps: Skater Ian from The Greeting Farm, Signature Greetings from PTI Papers: Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss (retired) both from SU, Basic Grey's Marjolaine DSP pack, Copics White Inks: Early Espresso from SU, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon from SU My next card is for Waltzing Mouse&#


Oh how I wish the sun would start shining again - I'm sick and tired of all this cold weather, rain, wind and the possibility of more snow! Blurgh! Now yellow is not normally a colour of choice for me. I prefer my pinks, but I ended up doing 3 cards this weekend with yellow as a main colour and here they are... This first one I love! The bright DSP really cheers me up! This is for CC143 to use Summer Sun, Certainly Celery and Old Olive and for Sweet Sunday's sketch #102 . Recipe: Stamps: Flutterby Friend from PTI Papers: Summer Sun (retired), Certainly Celery both from SU, Stampers Select White from PTI, DSP from October Afternoon Inks: Old Olive from SU, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics Accessories: Old Olive Twill (retired) from SU, Oval Nestabilities My next one is for Just Magnolia's Challenge #91 to use dots (my yellow DSP is all dotty!), Colour Create's Challenge #63 to use lemon, green and white, Papertake Weekly's Sketch #52 and for Just

Papertrey Ink January's Blog Hop

This month's blog hop challenge involves you challenging yourself to use a Papertrey stamp set that has yet to see ink or even one that might be collecting a little dust!  Go through your stash and see what little used treasure it might hold. Unfortunately I have a few PTI stamp sets that have only been used a couple of times or haven't been used for a while, so this challenge was great to dig out those older sets that usually get forgotten about when the new ones arrive. I used a gorgeous set, Cupcakes Collection, which has just had a new set of matching dies released which are now on my wishlist now! And here's my offering. I did use  Viva La Verve's January sketch #4 (I think this is the first time in ages I've done all their challenges in one month!), Stacey's Curtain Call #66 to use Lavender Lace, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler and Bravo Burgundy and for Papertrey Princess Mara's Punch It challenge to use punches . Recipe: Stam

Last few cards from this week

I made 3 more cards on Sunday, bringing the total this week to 9! Now that's just too many to be making each week so I've decided to cut down on some of the challenges I do each week. Hopefully, I will still be able to combine the challenges like I try to do, but there's only so many colour and sketch challenges I can make in a week. My first card is for CR84FN12 to use light pink, lavender and kraft and this is the inspiration photo: I was a little liberal with the colours as I wanted a purple base and the Lavender Lace pieces I had were not big enough for a card base so I had to use Perfect Plum instead! I also used the sketch from Waltzing Mouse #31 and this one fitted Free For All #46 to use pink, purple and a heart. Recipe: Stamps: I {heart} Hearts, Well Scripted both from SU Papers: Perfect PLum, Crumb Cake, Whisper White all from SU, Pink DSP from heidi Grace Designs, Purple DSP from Basic Grey's Kioshi Collection Inks: Pretty in Pink, Perfect

Girly and Manly

Work was still a bit tense (to say the least) yesterday after Thursday! So I thought I'd get rid of all thoughts of work and immersed myself into my crafting today and made a couple of girly cards and a couple of more manly cards for a change as well. This first one is for Just Magnolia's #90 for the sketch (I did miss off the sentiment as I didn't want one :P) and for Colour Create #62 to use blue, pink, grey and white. This is a new colour challenge blog I found this week whilst blurffing. I was looking for some colour challenges that use general colours rather than specific Stampin' Up ones which most of my other colour challenges use, simply because I have a HUGE mountain of DSP I want to use up this year (this is one of my crafting new year's resolutions) and sometimes I just cannot find paper to match the correct SU colours. Using generic colours means I can go with whatever shade I like, rather than always feeling like I HAVE to use the specified colours.

Mid Week Stress Relief

I had a crappy day at work today so to cheer myself I decided to make a couple of cards and get rid of all the stress (and after the complaining phone call I made to the jewellers, who phoned me whilst I was at work today (my BF took the call) and threatened to send the watch I ordered back. Shame I ordered it about 4 months ago and I have since bought the same one from Selfridges on my theatre trip to London and this is the first time they have phoned to let me know they had it in stock! Blow them! They're the ones who lost out on a fairly large sale!) But now I'm all stress free and relaxed once again (until the morning that is!) This first card is for Mojo #174 for the sketch, Color Throwdown #125 to use Pear Pizzazz, Kraft and Blushing Bride, for Stampin' Royalty's #55 to use anything with wings (must remember to link it this week! Forgot last week!) and for Papertake Weekly's Ribbon and Pearls challenge . This colour combo is just gorgeous and will definit

Just a few more from Sunday

I didn't get chance to photograph these ones on Sunday as we had to dash out the door to go and buy a new power pack for my BF's PC that died on Thursday and then when we got back I had to mark 30 writing papers from the SATs tests we did last week and I completely forgot about my cards, so here they are now... This first one took me almost 2 hours! I watched the whole of The Faculty making it - love that film!! When I saw the sketch for Waltzing Mouse sketch #30 I instantly thought of quilting and that's where the stitching comes in, but I only have embroidery thread in the colour I wanted to use which were the colours from Just Us Girls #67 to use aqua, coral and green so I had to pierce and hand stitch every piece - it took forever! I'm not the best sewer in the world as you can see, but I do like the effect. Recipe: Stamps: Punch Bunch SAB set from SU Papers: Aqua Mist from PTI, Cameo Coral (retired), Whisper White from SU, Lemonade DSP from Basic Gra

A few other odds and ends

I made a few other cards this weekend for a load more challenges. This first one is one I made for my boyfriend for our 14th year anniversary! Wow I can't believe we have been together that long! He completely understands my love of challenges and just rolled his eyes when I told him his card fitted 4 challenges for this week! It is for Mojo #173 for the sketch, Paper Pal Arts Inspiration challenge , CC305 to use Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink and for Free For All #47 to use at least 2 different embossing folders. I used Swiss Dots on the Pretty in Pink panel and D'Vine Swirls on the DSP for a bit of added texture. Recipe: Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts from SU, Mat Stack 2 Collection, Signature Series: Flower both from PTI Papers: Melon Mambo, Cherry Cobbler, Pretty in Pink, Sending Love Speciality DSP (retired) all from SU, Stampers Select White from PTI Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Versamark all from SU Accessories: Pretty

A few Papertrey Princess Challenge Cards

Since I joined the Papertrey Princess challenge group over on the PTI forum a couple of months ago, I have been trying to catch up on all the old challenges. I'm almost there and have nearly caught up with them all. I managed to do a few more today and as always combined them with other challenges. My first one is for Bethie J's challenge to use something new. Well my PTI parcel arrived yesterday with 5 lovely new stamp sets in, including the beautiful Mat Stack 2 Collection. I just had to make one of these dainty doilies that Maile Belles came up with. Her card using this doily was what really sold me the set! This one is also for A Passion for Papertrey's Out of Your Comfort Zone challenge . I am never happy doing one layer or CAS cards so this fits both of those. I always need to add more - hence the button and pearls!  And it is for Just Add Ink's #51 Monochrome challenge and Papertake Weekly's Cold and Frosty Morning challenge which was to use icy colour

Sunday's Birthday Cards

I made a few more birthday cards today and thought I'd show them to you! This first one is for CR84FN10 to use Lavender, Aqua, Yellow and Green and this is the gorgeous inspiration photo for these colours. This is also for Free For All #43 to make a birthday card and for Joyce's Papertrey Princess challenge to CASE a card from the PTI gallery and make it our own. I've been rearranging all my PTI sets and going through them all has made me find ones I haven't used for ages. I wanted to use my Just The Ticket set (which I've only used once!), so I went through the PTI gallery and found this gorgeous card by Melissa Phillips, which I used as inspiration for my card. Recipe:   Stamps:   Just The Ticket, Mat Stack #1 Collection both from PTI Papers: Lemon Tart, Simply Chartreuse, Pretty Pastels DSP all from PTI, Naturals Ivory from SU Inks: Aqua Mist, Lavender Moon both from PTI, Summer Sun (retired) from SU Accessories: Harvest Gold Felt, Simpl

Saturday's Birthday Cards

I've been asked by one of my friends at work to make a load of birthday cards for her, so all of mine this weekend are birthday ones - never made so many all in one go before. And OMG has this week been hard getting up early again for work every day. I've been totally shattered all week! I'll soon get back into the swing of things though, but by then it will be time for half term LMAO! My first card is for Mojo #172 for the sketch, Paper Pal Arts #76 to use Baja Breeze, Perfect Plum and Pear Pizzazz (gorgeous colour combo too!), Stampin' Royalty's #53  to make a birthday card,  Free For All #40  to use desserts and for Papertake Weekly's Anything Goes with a Lace extra challenge . Recipe: Stamps: Thankful Accents, Carpe Cupcake, Bithrday Surprise all from Verve Papers: Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP (retired) all from SU Inks: Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze both from SU, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics Accessories: Lace from

Last day of my holiday

I have to go back to work tomorrow for a training day and then the kids start on Wednesday so this is my last official day of my holidays. I do enjoy the holidays and dread going back to work, you know having to get up at the crack of dawn again (or whilst it's still dark like it is at the minute), but I gotta pay those bills and earn some money for all these lovely stamps I keep buying!!! So these are the last cards for this week and this first one is for Sweet Stampin's Favourite Song challenge . I had a look through my iPod and I really struggled with ideas for translating most of the rock/metal music that I love into cards. I was going to do Welcome to the Jungle by Guns 'n' Roses (it was this song/album that got me into rock music), but to be honest I couldn't be bothered to cut out loads of jungle animals and leaves, so instead I went with Purple Rain by Prince and made a purple card. Prince is one of the few pop musicians I can listen to! I also did this on

Sharing on a Sunday

I managed to pull myself together and make a few cards today. I've had the most awful cough and cold for almost 2 weeks now and now the excitement of Christmas has been and gone, my body is slowly giving in to the cold symptoms! Don't think I've ever drunk so much lemon tea before! Anyways...on to my first card which is for Free For All #45 to celebrate your new year's resolutions. I always make them, stick to them for a couple of weeks and then forget about them. Let's see how I do this year with these ones. My main non-crafting one is to read more. I got a Kindle for Christmas and have downloaded about 40 books already. I want to try and read at least 1 book a week and more during the holidays. My crafting resolutions include to try out the vintage style more often, which I think I've done with this one and to use up more of my patterned papers, which I used some of here. I opened my new Kaisercraft Rose Collection pack and it really is a stunning pack, whi