Friday, 12 February 2016

CCT Sweet Valentine


I'm late again!  This week at Cute Card Thursday we are celebrating Sweet Valentine's, please stop by the blog to read about the prize and for more information from the DT.

As my regular readers will know, I'm busy looking after Mum at the moment so crafting has not been a priority.  I do find it therapeutic and must make some time for myself - doctors orders! Thankfully I've been given the green light to go back on HRT so hopefully the hot flushes and aching joints will soon be a thing of the past .. .. had I known what was going to happen with Mum I'd never have stopped it, but hey ho! who knows what's around the corner.

So, my card for the Sweet Valentine's challenge is just a die cut creation with goodies from Marianne Design - I'll give you a list, but first here's a close up of the flowers I made:

I've cut them from the pink sheet of mulberry paper in the mixed pack, then spritzed and shaped with a ball tool to give dimension.  I've used a Rose Pink pearl pen for the centres and also across my lace and on the butterflies.  Here's the list of Marianne Design goodies with links to the Buddly Craft shop - just in case you want to go shopping!


I hope you like my card.  Thanks for stopping by to take a look.  I've not been on the pc for several days so not sure if there are any challenges I can link up to .. .. please let me know if you see any!

I see that the Marianne Design Kreadivas blog challenge theme is for a project with MD goodies and the option of 'love' - so I can enter with them!

Monday, 8 February 2016

CCT is in the Pink!

Apologies for being late again sharing my DT card for Cute Card Thursday where we are 'In the Pink!' - so looking for lots of pink on your creations.  Our sponsor is Bunny Zoe Crafts, please stop by the CCT blog to read all about the prize and see what the rest of the DT have created.

I have stamped up one of my older LOTV designs, this is Emma in the Rose Garden, and I used a grey Momento ink for a change to keep things soft.  I've coloured with my Copic pens then added Stardust Stickles to the flowers and hem of her dress, and glaze pen on the butterflies - and it's not showing up!

Here is the card:

I've used another of the 5" square base cards that I thought looked better with the papers I'd chosen. My paper and die cuts are all by Marianne Design and on the papers I've added the embossed faux stitching then inked the edges with a soft grey/green chalk ink and a touch of Stardust glitter on the pretty flower design in the corner.  The circle is threaded with pink organza ribbon and I've added a quadruple loop bow at the bottom - and that means I can enter a new challenge I found called Craft-Dee BowZ where it's anything goes with a hand tied bow.  A few soft pink pearl blobs finish things off.

The Marianne Design dies I've used are the mini butterflies CR1354 and the ribbon doily with rosette CR1350.  The pretty papers are from the Country Style pack.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look at my card.  Things are still topsy turvey here with Mum but with some improvement.  I have found a decorator to come and finish off the painting jobs I don't have time for anymore, and to re-decorate my bedroom and hang the wallpaper I've had for 3 years - it looks fab!  And with family visiting over the weekend I'm only just getting my breath back - but hopefully it will be a quieter week and I can find some time to play with my craft stash.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Rudolph for Rudolph Days!


Here is my Rudolph card for the January Rudolph Days challenge - I'm just making it on the last day!

The image is another of Sylvia's designs at Wee Stamps and isn't he cute!  I've coloured with my Copic pens and added touches of glaze pen.

Here's the card:


It's a C6 blank with a simple layout using up a piece of old Nitwits paper.  I've added my embossed faux stitching around the edge sof the image and paper and inked with Sahara Sand chalk ink to bring the stitches out.

For embellishment I've added a length of pretty pearl trim over lace from my bit box.

Thanks for stopping by, I'm scheduling this post so fingers crossed you get to see it, and hopefully I will have time to come back and add it to the Rudolph Days link.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Ladies Only at CCT

Sorry I am late again sharing my DT card with you for the Ladies Only theme at Cute Card Thursday.  It has been a tough couple of days with Mum, and both of us seem worn out this morning so whilst she is sleeping I have a chance to blog!

This little darling is Dyanne drawn by Sylvia Zett for Wee Stamps - I have the digi version, thankfully they are available again.  I've coloured her with my Copic pens and added touches of glaze and glitter, although it is difficult to see in the picture.  Here is the card:


It's another of my big 7" square blanks, and as most of my newer papers are either A5 or 6" square, I had to go rummaging in my old 12" box.  These are pretty designs from several years ago by Imaginice (think that's how it's spelt), and I have mostly bits left so made the most of them.  The die cuts are by Marianne Design and I've finished off with a little bow and more of the liquid pearl blobs. 
These are the Marianne Design dies I used:

Thank you for stopping by to take a look.  I will try and link up to some challenges if I have time to go look for them, do let me know of any that you think might be suitable for me to enter with this card.

Thank you to Sarah for telling me about the As You Like It Challenge - I'm entering my card with all the layers because, like Sarah, I have lots of papers to use up!

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Just Boys!

So sorry I am late sharing my DT card with you for Cute Card Thursday's Just Boys challenge. Our sponsor for this one is Di's Digi stamps, please stop by the blog to read all about it and see what the rest of the team made.

My friend Blankina kindly sent me this stamped image to colour, he's called Snoesjes 'Goal!'  Also, if you like colouring with Copic pens, like me, stop by her blog for a fabulous colour chart! It's unusual but shows the colour families, with numbers, in an ingenious but easy to see way.

And here is my card:


Another simple one with old papers from my stash, punched red stars, a little red trim and the Marianne Design die cut Birthday greeting, oh and the little metal gem too!

Finally, Mum is home from the hospital.  It has been a stressful time with several unexpected medical problems I wasn't expecting .. .. but hopefully with some tweaking of her meds and the help of the Community Nurses it should be a short set back.  She is confined to bed at the moment so I am having to do absolutely everything for her .. .. .. but she is eating well so I'm cook as well!  It does mean I'll not be around much so sorry for not leaving comments or getting around to visit.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Vintage style at Marianne Design Divas

The new challenge over on the Marianne Design Divas blog is to create something with a vintage style and at least 3 products by Marianne Design. Our sponsors for this challenge are Buddly Crafts and Marianne Design.  The DT have produced beautiful examples for your inspiration so why not pop over and take a peek!

I have taken a picture from the Matties Beautiful Flowers sheet to make a Spring card - I do hope it's not so far away, I'm tired of all the rain! I've die cut the oval image then inked the edges before fixing to the beautiful oval die cut frame, where I've used the same ink to highlight the embossed areas.

Here's the card, I've had to photo enhance as the colours were looking too pale and washed out, so perhaps it's not quite this bright in real life and what looks like a layer of kraft coloured card is actually more caramel in colour, the card is much warmer in real life with soft caramel tones and chalk inked highlights and edges with Sahara Sand:



I've added the sparkly edging with the Viva Decor 3d snow pen and fine pale golden glitter from my stash, and also added the caramel coloured pearl dots in places on the paper too.  The pretty lace is by MD and is much creamer also.  I've die cut the flowers from Mulberry paper then inked with yellow chalk ink, spritzed, scrunched and then when dry teased them out.  The leaves I've die cut from the caramel and green card and inked the edges for the vintage style.





Here's a close up of the corner embellishment.


Marianne Design products I used for this card:
Victorian Vintage paper bloc PK9092
oval frame LR0240

On the We Love Vintage blog the current challenge is for vintage style with lace - I hope that's how it's translated anyway.  So I will enter my card with them as I do have vintage lace and think I might have got the style sussed at last!

Thursday, 14 January 2016

A bit of fun at CCT


This week at Cute Card Thursday our challenge is to show us some fun times!  Our sponsor for this challenge is All Dressed Up, please stop by the CCT blog to read about the prize and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I have made a little 5" square card with various Marianne Design goodies, and being for a boy I stayed clear of the flowers!  The image is skateboard Don coloured with my Copics and cut out with a die in set CR1223, and I used a die in the same set to cut the edge of the paper scrap down the side.  The papers are from the Garden Party pack, and I've inked and distressed the edges. I die cut the star behind my image from cordinations cardstock so I could distress with an emery board, using the biggest die from the set CR1226.  The text I die cut with the new Charming Alphabet dies COL1397 then finished of with the narrow cream ric rac and MD domed metallic gems.

It's been a busy few days here with meetings to try and arrange for Mum to come home from the hospital.  Most have gone well, but a few hiccups in getting support for me to help with showering etc and a granny sitter for when I need to be away for more than an hour or so.  She is doing much better and actually starting to become more mobile so I will have to take over her physio too as the waiting list for home physio visits is long .. .. ..  Next week I should be taking delivery of a hospital bed and other equipment, then fingers crossed.  She sleeps more nowadays so I should be able to find time to craft, once we settle into a routine.  So, I am still an infrequent blogger and am sorry for not visiting/commenting very much, but I do appreciate all the visits you make to see what I've been making.