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Monday's little notebook

I thought I would have a last full crafting day today seeing as I'm going back into work for the rest of this week to set my classroom up, put up displays, do planning, write the children's names on books etc. and I only got one thing done! It did take me quite a few hours, even though it doesn't look it. I spent ages making decisions and trying things out several times before I was happy. I got to the last bit - sticking on the roses and leaves - and decided to dig out my silicone glue that hasn't been touched for ooh at least 3 years now. I don't like the smell :P I went into my spare room to get out the box with the glue in and as I went to put it away again, I dropped it and tubes of glitter went everywhere popping their lids. So now I have a clear box with a lovely multi-coloured glittery base and a matching carpet! This clearing up must have taken at least 30 minutes out of my crafting time and I didn't get much out of the carpet despite lots of hoovering!

VSN Challenges M - P

Last batch of VSN challenges for you. You can see my other posts here and here . Challenge L was to create a designer card or bag. I made a bag to go with the cards I did for my Papertrey Princess challenge which you can see  here . You can read about the bag  here . Challenge M was a colour challenge suing denim blue, brown and ivory and this is what I came up with. I also used SC346 for the layout. Challenge N was to make a shaker card, which I did a couple of weeks ago now. You can read about it here . Challenge O was to make a coffee themed card. I don't have any coffee themed stamps at all, but I did find this coffee cup in one of my PTI sets and thought this sentiment worked quite well with it. I also used old CC64C to use Chocolate Chip and Taken With Teal for the colours and old Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #19 for the layout. Challenge P was to use wood in your card. It could be a wood image, wood embossing or real wood. However you

VSN Challenges F - K

Carrying on from my last post for this weekend's VSN over on SCS! These challenges were all posted on Saturday starting at 12pm EST right through to 11pm! Challenge F was to use kraft and put our signature brand on to a card. I guess my style is pink, ribbon and layers, all of which I have on here! You can read about this card  here . Challenge G was to use your favourite farm animal on a card and I used my WMS set, Back In The Saddle again for this one. I just can't stop brayering skies with the silhouettes of this cowboy on his horse! I used old Taylored Expressions Sketch #3 and old CC99 to use Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy and Take With Teal. Challenge H was to use the 2 step stamping technique. I combined this challenge with SC347 and Play Date Cafe's challenge #96 to use mint, coral and ivory. I don't have any mint green of any sort so swapped it for Aqua Mist, which is as close as I could get. Quick pic of PDCC's swatch.. And my card.

Friday Night's VSN Challenges A - E & Z

It's Virtual Stamp Night again over on SCS with a multitude of challenges all on the theme of the Wild West Rodeo! As a hostess for a challenge (I did a challenge for the mini VSN, a warm up for the big one. You can see all my samples for the mini here ), I get to see all the challenges ahead of time, so all of my samples were done and ready in time, so you may have seen some of these cards already as I used them with other challenges that I do. All the details can be found in my SCS here . Challenge A was to use stitching, either faux or real, so I attempted some real stitching and used a card from a couple of weeks ago. You can read about this card here . Challenge B was to use the telescoping technique and I used it to make this card from a couple of weeks ago as well. You can read about it here . Challenge C was to use the faux leather technique. I have never done this one before so this was a real challenge for me. Does this one look a bit like snakeskin leathe

Flowers and Ribbons

Just a few cards I made today just before I upload my VSN posts for this weekend! This first is for Friday Mashup's Challenge #21 for the sketch and embossing, The Shabby Tea Room's Challenge #76 to use pink, peach, green, neutrals and handmade flowers and for Just Add Ink's Challenge #82 to use something old that you haven't used in a while. I can't remember the last time I used this stamp set, the ribbon has been retired a while now and the brads are from a Hallowe'en purchase at least 2 years ago! Recipe: Stamps: A Beautiful Thing from Stampin' Up, Beautiful Blooms II from Papertrey Ink Papers: Pink Pirouette, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White all from Stampin' Up Inks:  Pink Pirouette, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz all from Stampin' Up Accessories: Pink Pirouette Ribbon (retired) from Stampin' Up, Lace from Cuddly Buddly, Mini Rolled Roses Die from My Favorite Things, Brads from Imaginisce, Damask Designs Impression Pl

Papertrey Ink's August Blog Hop

It's time for Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop again and this month we were given this photo as an inspiration. I took the idea of the jar, flowers and damask style background in the case as mine and this is what I came up with. I inked up my impression plate before running it through my Cuttlebug and love the subtle inked up areas! Hope you like it as much as I do! Recipe: Stamps: Friendship Jar Summer Fillers, Little Labels Papers: Regal Rose, Sahara Sand both from Stampin' Up, Stampers Select White from Papertrey Ink Inks: Sahara Sand, Regal Rose both from Stampin' Up, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics Accessories: Fairytale Ribbons (retired), Linen Thread both from Stampin' Up, Circle Nestabilities, 3D Gloss, from Anita's, Labels 2 Die, Damask Designs Impression Plate both from Papertrey Ink Thanks for stopping by. I'm off to check out all the other fab cards in blog hop!

Tilda and Butterflies

Just a couple more cards that I made today... This first one is for Totally Tilda's Challenge # 29 Fit For A Princess  which had to include Princess Tilda or the word princess or a crown. Well I was totally stumped as I didn't have Princess Tilda or a crown stamp that I could use or the word princess anywhere I could find, so what did I do?! I went shopping hehe! My lovely new Princess Tilda (along with Skateboard Tilda, Ballerina Tilda, 3 packs of 6 x 6 patterned papers and some Card Candi) was delivered yesterday, so I got straight onto this challenge this morning! I used old Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #96 for the layout and the colours from Color Throwdown's Challenge #156 to use So Saffron, Perfect Plum and Crumb Cake. Recipe: Stamps: Princess Tilda from Magnolia Papers: So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Perfect Plum all from Stampin' Up, Copics White, Echo Park Springtime Patterned Paper pack (not one of my new ones) Inks: Crumb Cake, Perfect Pl

Ice Cream Inspiration

I've just found a new challenge blog (well new to me anyway) thanks to the lovely Holly from Stampin' Royalty called The Friday Mashup! I had a good long browse through all their old challenges and they really are fantastic challenges! Nothing too restrictive at all, which I love as it means you can interpret the challenges in so many different ways. They are currently holding a fan favorite challenge in which you have to post a challenge for them in the hopes that it is picked as the winning entry and then is put on on the Friday Mashup blog for everyone to enter. So anyway here's mine... My Mashup Challenge would be to: 1. Create a project using a shade of pink. 2. Create a project using some sort of food. 3. Or "MASH IT UP!" and create a project using a shade of pink AND some sort of food! And as you al know I love mixing up my challenges so this card is also for A Passion for Papertrey's Anything Goes Challenge , Papertake Weekly's Challeng

Sharing on a Sunday yet again

Just 2 cards I can share with you today as the others I made are for the Virtual Stamp Night, which is coming up on Splitcoast Stampers next weekend. This first one is for Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge #61 . I just love using these doilies and they are just stunning in black and red, don't you think?! Recipe: Stamps: Dainty Doilies 2, Large Doily, Fancy Phrases all from Waltzing Mouse Stamps Papers: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White all from Stampin' Up, Moulin Rouge DSP from Prima Inks:  Real Red, Basic Black both from Stampin' Up, Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Real Red Taffeta Ribbon from Stampin' Up, Black Lace from Cuddly Buddly, Gem from eBay, Pure Poppy Buttons from Papertrey Ink, Black Embroidery Thread from stash And my next card is for Stampin' Royalty's Challenge #85 for the sketch. Gotta love all the pink on this one! And thanks to Holly from Stampin' Royalty who told me to enter this card in The Friday Mash Up Challenge

A Few More Random Cards

These are just a few other odds and ends I got done this weekend! This first one is for CR84FN36 to use yellow, kraft and neutral and for old Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #16 for the sketch. This is the swatch from CR84FN... I had this burning desires to use my new little seashells and this is what I came up with... Recipe: Stamps: Friendship Jar: Summer Fillers, Polka Dot Basics, Background Basics: Gingham all from Papertrey Ink Papers: Crumb Cake, So Saffron both from Stampin' Up, Stampers Select White from Papertrey Ink Inks:  Crumb Cake, So Saffron both from Stampin' Up, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics Accessories: Linen Thread, So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Crumb Cake Seam Binding, So Saffron Button all from Stampin' Up, 3D Gloss from Anita's My next card is for Cute Card Thursday's Challenge #178 to make a wedding card, old CC05 to use black and white (not quite sure how I missed this one!), Free For All Challeng

Some more pink cards

We had a fantastically busy time in Chester this week (bought lots of lovely things too, but no crafting stuff), but I was definitely having crafting withdrawal symptoms by the end of our visit. So guess what I did today? Made up for it that's for sure! This first card is for Viva La Verve's Sketch #3 for August , Free for All's Challenge #77 to make a frame and Just Magnolia's Challenge #120 to use funny sentiments. I thought this little sentiment from Everyday Button Bits by PTI was a perfect fit for Tilda with her kite! Recipe: Stamps: Tilda With Kite from Magnolia, Everyday Button Bits from Papertrey Ink Papers:  Soft Sky (retired), Regal Rose both from Stampin' Up, Copics White, Tilda Flowergarden DSP Inks: Regal Rose from Stampin' Up, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics Accessories: Rectangle Nestabilities, Doily and Paper Roses all from eBay My next card is for Viva La Verve's Sketch #4 for August , CC336 to use Blushing Bride, Wiste

Flowery Cards and a Star!

Just a few more cards I did this week... This first one is a new technique for me - the telescoping card. I love this technique and will definitely be using it again. I used the colours from Color Throwdown's Challenge #154 - Old Olive, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and Basic Gray. Recipe: Stamps: Year of Flowers: Marigolds, Big & Bold Wishes both from PTI Papers: Basic Gray, So Saffron both from SU, Stampers Select White from PTI Inks: Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Old Olive all from SU, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics Accessories: Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (retired) from SU, Circle Nestabilities, Gold heart brads from stash My next card is for Waltzing Mouse's Sketch Challenge #60 and old CC76 to use More Mustard, Bordering Blue and Old Olive. I wanted some solid flowers to stamp my main panel with but I don't have any WMS ones so I used one of the doily stamps from Large Doily which I thought kind of looked like a flower. What do you think?!

Taken with Temptation

Hehe what a daft title I came up with there. All of these cards use either Taken with Teal (retired SU colour) or Tempting Turquoise. I actually really like both of these colours, but don't tend to go for them very often. Not sure why! Anyway this first card is for Play Date Cafe's Challenge #94 to use fudge (Chocolate Chip), Goldenrod (reminds me of a name for a racing car, but I used Crushed Curry) and Teal (yep got that one!). I used old Taylored Expression Cupcake Challenge #7  for the sketch and am also entering it into Cupcake Craft's Challenge #154 Sew Mad  (yes I did hand-stitch all those crosses and boy did it take forever!) and Cute Card Thursday's Challenge #177 to make a clean and simple card. This is as clean and simple as I can go! Here's the swatch for Play Date Cafe's Challenge... And here's my take on it... Recipe: Stamps: Piece of Cake, Think Big Favorites #1 both from PTI Papers: Chocolate Chip, Taken With Teal (retir