Wednesday, 16 July 2014

My newest Marianne Design things!

Life is definitely difficult at the moment!  My internet is virtually non-existent some days (today being one of them) and even on a day when it's working reasonably well, posting can take all day!  I am still not convinced it is all my machine's fault, DH did manage to get about faster with his laptop at the weekend but even he found it slow at times.  I'll have to struggle on for a while .. ..

So, here is my DT card for the next Marianne Design Divas challenge to use your newest MD goodies.  There are two prizes each month, this time Cuddly Buddly and Marianne Design - stop by the challenge blog to see what they are and see the rest of the DT's creations.

I've used a new to me Snoesjes Christmas stamp and coloured him/her with Copics .. .. I think this image could be either a girl or a boy.  Here's the card and the list of MD goodies I've used:

I'm having to keep this short and sweet as I'm likely to loose the connection at any time .. .. so here's the list copied from the Marianne Design Divas blog:

Snoesjes Freezing Cold stamp HM9452 - new stamp
Collectables: jingle bells COL1363 - new die
Craftables: circle CR1248
Creatables: Poinsettia straight LR0122, text LR0225, branch LR0286
Papers: PK9089 and  PK9100

I see that the Divas by Design challenge is for Christmas in July so I'll try to link up with them.

Sorry I'm not able to get around to commenting with the internet connection problems I'm having at the moment. Also, having a few problems getting used to the new diet my GP has put me on .. .. but I hope once I understand what I can and can't eat it will be worth the hours of research, cooking from scratch, and shopping trips to find the ingredients that are ok to eat!

I'll take a break for a couple of weeks then hope to be back with you again.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

CCT with Pretty Papers

I am back with my DT card for this week's Cute Card Thursday challenge to create something with pretty papers.  Our sponsor is Whiff of Joy and you can read about the prize and see what the rest of the DT did on the CCT blog.

My card was one I made as alternative for last week's theme, hence the stars, but knowing that this week was going to be pretty papers, I thought it would be better to share with you now.  The papers in question are new from the Marianne Design Garden Party pack PK9108 - and here you can see I even put paper inside too!

The die cuts I used are all by Marianne Design too so here's the list:

star layers with CR1226
flowers with dies in LR0188 and LR0145
leaves from LR0226
Birthday and text stamp COL1349
tag from LR0187

The Charisma Card challenge is an anything goes theme so I can enter my card with them.

I've been having a lot of problems connecting to the internet and after contacting EE on several occasions I'm told it's my machine that's not up to scratch .. .. but since last night things have picked up so I'm not altogether convinced about that.  It has meant that I've not been able to do much other than wait 5-10 mins for each page to load and then just look at pictures .. .. hopefully now I'll be able to leave comments too!

And after trips to the doctor for blood tests and prodding, I'm on a couple of regimes for a month's trial.  The asthma one just needs me to remember to take my steroid inhaler night and morning - but the specialist nurse thinks I might need a different kind as the one I'm on only lasts 8 hours.  I've been doing it religiously for a week now and notice my dips are early morning before I take it, and early evening just as it's time to make a meal, take a walk with DH and the dogs or water the garden .. .. I have a review in August so will see how that goes.  This morning I started on a low FODMAP diet as recommended by the GP, but perhaps shouldn't have eaten all the 'bad' stuff yesterday afternoon to use it up as I'm really suffering now! It's going to be hard not having any stone fruits with all those lovely cherries, peaches and plums in the shop .. .. but perhaps it's my over-indulgence on the cherries recently that has really upset my system, along with the hummus, beans and of course lots of onion/garlicky things too.  I'm doing research trying to find more information other than the list the doctor gave me .. .. the first question being: can I have those little baby french beans?  I know that beans in general come under the Galactans heading that I have to avoid but haven't found info on the runner or french beans.  And what about peas?  Ah well, hopefully in a few days I will start to feel much better.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

CCT Seeing Stars

As promised, I'm back with my DT card for Cute Card Thursday's challenge to reach for the stars!  I've not added it to the CCT blog, just in case I mess up the entries so far .. ..   Our sponsor for this challenge is Nikki at Bunny Zoe's crafts, and Nikki has a 15% off weekend sale currently running .. .. I must go take a look!

My card is a simple little 5" square that I make for the Children's Hospice shop in Tavistock (DH delivers them when he's over that way) so there's not too many embellishments and no specific text.  I started out with the Handyman Don stamp from the Don and Daisy collections by Marianne Design then after I'd stamped him up I masked him and added the fence from the Summer scenery set.  I've coloured with my Copic pens, and added my signature faux embossed stitching around the edges of the layers then highlighted with a sandy-brown chalk ink.  Here's the card:

I couldn't resist using some of the papers in the new Garden Party pad PK9108, even if some of the bits are cut off left-overs from another project I've been working on - don't waste a thing!  I even used the tiniest pieces to punch out the stars for the theme - stars always work well with masculine designs I think. I've only used a couple of Marianne Design dies on this card:  the text comes with the banner die set COL1324, and then the corner is cut from COL1342 with the bit I cut off added at the bottom.  I'm always snipping my die cuts apart to create more looks, I'm sure Marianne wouldn't mind.

The Creative Card Crew are looking for masculine cards and Marianne is one of the sponsors this time too, fingers crossed then!

It's Saturday already!

Where does the time go .. .. it's been a strange week here, with the work in the garden still on-going and the workman coming back 'dreckly' so goodness knows when that will be!  I planted some of the new plants for the sunny side myself, but either I got them too close together or I'm going to need a lot more!  This morning I had a tidy up after the rain and picked an assortment of blooms for a summer bouquet, it probably wont last long and the colours clash, but it's nice to have flowers in the house.

I managed to have a day off with hubby on Wednesday, although it wasn't a day off for him, but at least we got to spend some time together even if most of it was in the car.  The last couple of days I've been battling technology and on the phone to EE to figure out why my internet connection is so slow .. .. actually it's the BT line that is slow and there's nowt can be done about it.  This part of Cornwall has beautiful scenery and gorgeous sandy beaches, but is pants for phone signals and internet connections.

I was happy to see one of my cards on the Snoesje blog today - this one I blogged a while ago back in May and you can see it here if you want to know what's on it.

I wasn't able to add my DT card for the Cute Card Thursday stars challenge .. .. but I do have one so will share with you later.

Enjoy your weekend, we have the sunshine back and I have more plants to put in before I can relax and catch up with everyone.  Thanks for dropping by, and thank you for leaving me a comment if you have the time.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Wee Emily

twice my post has disappeared - probably just as well as I was having a right old moan about it - technology that is and the stresses of life that are getting to me again just now.  So perhaps I'd best not go back there and keep the spiel short and sweet.

My image is one of Sylvia's Wee Stamps digi designs called Emily, also available in rubber from Whimsy Stamps.  I've coloured her with my Copic pens and added a touch of sparkle around the edge of the die cut image.  I've also added sparkle with the Marianne Design snowflake card, but am slightly disappointed that it's ivory rather than snow white although in the picture it's looking brighter so not so bad!  Here's the card:

My base is a scallop square I've turned to make a tent fold and the papers are old K&Co from my stash.  I rounded the corners and added some stitching with a white marker - that's also more ivory so ties in with the sparkly card.  The die cut elements are all by Marianne Design and I've finished off with the stamped bunting, also from MD, a double bow and the pearls I've coloured with Copic RV69 to match.  No flowers on this one as I just couldn't make any that matched in with the image and that I liked, and I wanted to keep the card fairly flat for posting.

So, here's the Marianne Design die list for you:
buttons from LR0188
butterflies from LR0261
leaf spray from LR0150
lace edge CR1250

The Moving Along With The Times blog are celebrating their birthday with bunting and buttons, hence the embellishments on the card for them.  At both Crafty Catz and Papertake Weekly it's an anything goes week, Allsorts are looking for summer girls, and the Fussy and Fancy Friday girls are looking for summertime creations too.

Due to technology problems with internet and my pc, along with the stresses of life here just for the moment, I'm not getting around to commenting on blogs very much - I am sorry.  I do appreciate your visits, and doubly so the kind friends who leave me a comment as reading them does cheer me up, so thank you all.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Going Round in Circles

Going around in circles is kinda the way things are for me just at the moment!  This week the Cute Card Thursday challenge is sponsored by Rick St Dennis - do stop by the blog to read all about it and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I've been backwards and forwards to the doctor for blood tests, asthma checks etc so, along with the garden project and looking after Mum, I've not had much time to craft.  I was browsing Pinterest a while back and knowing that this challenge theme was coming up I took note of a card originally posted on the AnMaCreatif blog last year - see it here - and sort of copied it .. .. my layout is slightly different as are my papers and I've added the pearls.  It was reasonably quick and easy to do, die cut out the different pieces, ink the edges with green chalk ink for a touch of shabby, then stick it all together!  I've used Marianne Design papers from the Beautiful Butterflies pad PK9089, and the owl die set COL1302 plus the hearts from the bird set COL1301 and the little pearl heart embellishment on the top of the hearts is also by MD.

The Sketch 'n' Dies blog challenge is anything goes with die cuts so I'll enter my thank you owl with them.  The Fussy and Fancy Friday theme has been anything with wings - hope I'm in time to join them again espcially as I was in the top 5 last time!  And, the Incy Wincy challenge and Crafty Creations also want to see things with wings so I can enter with them too.

Sorry I've not been around to blogs this week, I will try and catch up over the weekend .. .. life sometimes throws a spanner or two in the works and you end up going round in circles!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

I do love to be beside the seaside!

It's still sunny here beside the sea on the north Cornish coast today although a breeze is making it deceptively cooler, but a great day for sailing! My DT card for this week's Cute Card Thursday seaside challenge features the cute LOTV lad with his sail boat and I wanted to create a scene with him using the sail boat from the Marianne Design Don & Daisy summer scenery set.  I've coloured with my Copic pens and added touches of glitter for the waves.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Whimsy Stamps - always a great prize!

And here is my card, a different picture to the one on the CCT blog - I took another this morning so there are less shadows, but the colours don't look quite as bright - ah well!

My papers are from the Maya Design Life in the Country pad, Happy Birthday is cut with a Joy Crafts die from red SU! card and I've decorated with punched fronds and die cut shells using Marianne Design dies.  The numbers are also MD - and my original plan was to make a birthday card for my grandson to give to one of his friends .. .. but I couldn't think if they would be mostly 5 or 6 years old so cut each number, then saw how they both looked together and turned it into a 65 year old birthday card, perhaps for a keen sailor that's about to retire and spend a bit more time at the beach! The numbers are only fixed with a single foam pad each so if necessary I can do a bit of tweaking .. .. that's the joy of making your own cards.

The shells are MD LR0230 with a touch of chalk ink on the embossed areas.  The numbers are MD COL1347 and the set comes with a couple of stamps to add pattern - I left mine plain.

Moving Along With The Times blog challenge is also beside the sea side so I can enter with them, and the ABC challenge is up to the letter 'N' for nautical, so I'm in with them too!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Taking it easy - I wish!

Well here I am with another card to share with you .. .. but I kinda ran out of inspiration when it came to the embellishing bit .. .. too sore with sunburn and an aching back!

The image is one of my new LOTV stamps that I've masked and then added the fence from the Don and Daisy Summer Scenery set by Marianne Design plus a couple little butterflies from another Daisy stamp.  I've coloured with my Copic pens to create the scene - here's the card:

The papers are scraps from my digi print out basket, the bunting is another MD stamp, and I've simply finished with a die cut button and bit of string.  There are a few MD dies I've used, the button is from the label & button set LR0188, and the scallop edge is from the daisy border die set CR1273.

The Additcted to Stamps challenge theme is outdoors, and Totally Gorjuss are celebrating Dad's so I'll enter with both of them.

And this is how my new bit of garden looked at the end of yesterday, taken from the guest bedroom window.  Thankfully I'm not the person doing the digging .. .. actually it's a digger done digging!  It is looking a bit better this evening with the trench along the fence now filled up with good topsoil ready for the hedging plants arriving tomorrow.  Looking at that ground it is a wonder I grow anything - not really soil at all but something the locals call 'shisty shillit' which is the worst kind of decayed slate layered with clay .. .. rock hard in the dry and sticky in the wet - and stony all the time! Plus there's the remains of builders sand and agregate below the window, at least there's going to be a path along there so not so much of a problem. I've painted the fence posts dark brown this afternoon, and might get the fence painted later on with a darker brown woodstain so it ties in with the rest of the house.  The sunburn that is now starting to itch is the result of Saturday's wondering about, the backache is from painting and watering the patio pots and back garden this evening with the closest water-butt running dry so I'm having to walk back and forth with the cans to the one with water left in it - we need rain!