Friday, August 14, 2009

First Ever Challenge Win

Having a great few days in Dubai and still trying to get caught with emails and blogs, couldn't believe my eyes when I read on Funky Fairy's blog that I was the winner of the Black and White Challenge. Needless to say I am just chuffed to bits and can't wait to play with my prize.

Thanks for popping by and I'm off to collect my reward.

Tourists in Dubai

Seeing it has been a wee while since I was last in Dubai - 10 years ago - thought it was about time I did a return trip and what a lot of changes there's been. So on Sunday, Sarah and I headed off to Dubai deciding to be more like tourists than shoppers. Having said that we did do some shopping.

For the touristy side of our trip we booked trips on the Big Bus Tours. For anyone going I would say it is well worth booking their trips. The first trip was on Monday, doing the Red Bus City Tour. Although we saw a lot of sites, don't think this time of year is the best time to do it as lot was of the sites were outside and it was really hot and humid, by the end we felt like two damp grease spots. However it was an interesting tour.

Raffles Dubai

Dubai Creek

So headed back to the hotel for a quick refreshing shower before heading out again to join the Big Bus' night tour. I would say that one of the best sights on this tour was the Burg Al Arab Hotel all light up.

Burg Al Arab by night

Tuesday morning saw us on the Blue Bus Beach Tour. There were several good photo ops on this one, again the Burg Al Arab, Souk Madinet Jumeriah and Atlantis Hotel and its aquarium. At today's tour had a lot more indoor stops so didn't end up as damp grease stops.

Burg Al Arab by day

Atlantis Lost Chambers

Watching the Jellyfish

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Funky Fairy - Black & White

I think I must be going through a black, white and cream phase just now, lol.

Over at Funky Fairy this week, the theme is black and white. For the card base itself, I thought I would try a new technique - A Side Step Card - having seen a few cards in Val Craftroom's. The next stage was to have a look through what Funky Fairy papers and digital images I had to see if any fitted the bill. As soon as I saw the star backing paper everything seemed to fall into place. I resized Funky Fairy 8 then printed her off, then trimmed off the excess card at the right hand side then mounted it onto the left hand side of the card base. For some embellishing added some brad from my stash.

Oops nearly forgot, here are the instructions on how to made the Side Step Card, thanks to Jackie over at Addicted to Stamping.

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Sketch & Stash

I really love the new papers that I bought this week when I met up with Pinklilac for lunch. Have used them for a second time this week for Sketch & Stash's challenge. This week's layout is one which I feel is going to very versitile and suitable for all sorts of occasions.

Onto the card. As I said it is the second time I have used these papers from BoBunny's Unforgettable range. The flower image is from Inkadinkado's Doodle Flowers stamp set and I used my Whisper pens to add a bit of colour to the proceedings. The floral embellishments were punched from the Unforgettable Love paper and mounted on foam pads. The ribbon was from my stash and the sentiment was a 'homemade' one using a set of letter stamps that have been hiding at the back of my stamp drawer for ages.

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Candy from Creations by Penny

For those of you who love digital stamps, Penny over at Creations by Penny has some fabulous digital stamps as a candy. This what is on offer.

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Simon Says Candy

Hands up who would love the chance of winning $100 to spend on some fabulous crafting goods.
Well, you need to pop over to Simon Says and become a follower of both that blog and the challenge blog and write about Simon Says on your blog. There is an added bonus, if you link your blog posting to your comment over at Simon Says, you get an extra entry.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Cute Daisy May

The word over at Cute Daisy May this week, is the one word that most of us cardmakers tend to dread. Yes, the word is Christmas. I have to admit that I have been giving it some thought recently, particularly what theme I wanted to do. I did have a colour in mind but think that this year I might just do a cross section of card styles and colours.

For the challenge I thought I would try out one design and see how it came out and hopefully it might give me some direction as to what to do with my own cards. For the image, I used the reindeer from Anita's Stamps and coloured it in with watercolour pencils. The mats used cardstock from BoBunny. For the tag wording I used Word and the brad is from my stash.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Secret Crafter

As I enjoyed using the doodle flower stamps for yesterday's Sketch Saturday card, I thought I would use them againg for another challenge, this time over at Secret Crafter and coloured the flower in with my Whisper pens. The papers are another set from BoBunny, this time the Alissa range. The star buttons are from my stash pile.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Sketch Saturday 62

Was out for lunch yesterday with my crafting buddy on the island, Linda aka PinkLilac, to our 'favourite place' - Piece of Cake and which has a wee craft shop attached to it - Celebrations. As usually I left with a few wee purchases, some new 12 x 12 sheets and a few other bits and bobs. The other bits and bobs, I think will be used in some other challenges, but for this week's Sketch Saturday challenge I have used some of the sheets that I bought.

For the image I used a stamp that I bought a few weeks ago, but which I have used yet, Inkadinkado's Doodle Flowers which I think compliment the doodlish style of flowers on the papers. Oh which by the way are BoBunny's Back to Backs range - Unforgettable. I coloured in the doodle flower with Whisper pens and mounted on the mat and card with foam pads, as were to the two square mats. Finished off all the layers by running a black Whisper pen round the edges.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

New Challenge On The Block

There is a new challenge on the block. Pop over to Get Funky to have a look. If you happen to be the lucky winner there is a wee shop over at Funky Hand where you can spend your winnings.

For the card I used the freebie set that is on offer. Threaded one of the freebie ribbons which I topped with a ribbon from my stash through BossKut's Journaling Ribbon Slide and popped it onto the stripey backing paper. For the sentiment I used one of the freebie sentiments that comes along with the ribbons. For a final touch added a couple of flowers, each flower made from two flowers held together with a brad.

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