Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Wedding Clock is Ticking

Having arrived back in Scotland last week to sleet, snow and freezing cold, we haven't been thwarted int getting Sarah and Mikey's wedding plans moving. Have got the church, the reception venue and band booked. Once I get back to the heat on Monday I will start thinking about the designs for the invitations, etc.
Oh before I forget the big day is the 6th of August 2011.

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Blog Candy - Digistamp Boutique

Digistamp Boutique is holding a blog candy until Midnight (UK time) on Monday 1st March in anticipation of spring. To enter the candy all you have to do is to mention it on your blog and linking it back to Digistamp Boutique and post a comment on Digistamp Boutique's Blog Candy post and become a follower if you aren't already one.

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Blog Candy - Flippin Marvellous

Jak Heath has some lovely candy on offer, the full set of Flippin Men and a full set of Flippin Stamps. To be eligible for the candy you have to let her know what your favourite colouring medium is for stamped images. Also put a post on your blog about the candy and link it to Jak's Blog.

I would have to say that using copic pens are my favourite colouring medium followed closing by watercolour pencils.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Phew! Not A Secret Anymore

Since the end of December I have had a secret and only now can I reveal it. I am going to be, although not sure when, Mother of the Bride. My daughter, Sarah got engaged last night. Her boyfriend, Mikey had taken her to Paris for Valentines Weekend and proposed to her last night over a dinner.

Although I maybe tempted fate by getting this card done before I heard, it helped me to wile away the hours yesterday. At first all I knew was that I wanted to use red, white and blue - the colours of the french flag - for the card. But what I would do with them I didn't know until I saw the layout for A Gem of a Challenge's first challenge.

How did I put it together - out came my bug and I used the concentric hearts, using only the smallest of the heart, and cut out a heart in red, white and blue. The white heart was embossed with Roses folder. The oval and scalloped oval were done with nestiabilities. I added 3 buttons and 3 brads in red, white and blue and added a bit of red velvet ribbon.

I have also decided to enter it into a few challenges, A Gem of A Challenge for the layout, and Simon Says, Cute Card Thursday, Totally Gorjuss, Penny's Challenge and Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog which all have a love theme.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010


My second card for today is another birthday one, this time for a good friend is into DIY.

The image is DIY Jim from Digistamp Boutique and coloured with copic pens. I began the layout using the sketch from Prairie Fairy Friday Challenge Week 5, and which I intended entering the card into, but didn't get it done in time. However as I began to put the elements together I change the layout slightly. The cardstock used is from my stash, which unfortunatly I had cut the name off, so can't tell you what the name of it is.

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Hoppy Birthday!

Hoppy Birthday! and no I haven't spelt it wrong, it is the sentiment I have used for this birthday card and which came from the image. The image is Bo Billy Bunny from Prairie Fairy and coloured with copic pens, grey and pink. The background paper is one of the latest free downloadable papers from Jak Heath.

I have entered it into Incy Wincy Designs Challenge 29 and it was only when I putting the card together that I realised that it would be eligible for their current challenge - a colour challenge - using Black and Pink or Red.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Seeing Red Over Valentines

Seeing Red Over Valentines was one of the headlines in our local daily paper here. The main jist of the article was that 'religious' police in Saudi Arabia were inspecting shops in the kingdom and if they found anything remotely linked with valentines, such as something wrapped in red or a box shaped like a heart, the shop had to get rid of the items.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

2 Challenges and a Birthday

Have now began on the cards for March's birthday. This is one for my daughter's boyfriend's mum - Rosemary - with the inspiration coming from two sources. The initial inspiration came from Simon Says .... Photo Inspiration Challenge - a photo of a red rose. My second source of inspiration came from Sketch & Stash Challenge 28.

How did I put my inspiration to use. Well, when I saw Simon's Say red rose, I remembered a red blossom decoupage set I downloaded a week or so ago. The blossom was designed by a wonderful cardmaker and designer - Jak Heath - who continually amazes me with her wonderful cards and who regularly offers freebie sheets to her followers. The backing papers apart from the red one also downloads from Jak. The red one was one I downloaded a long time ago is from Funky Fairy and which I have never used.

I couldn't think how to layout the backing papers and blossom until I saw the sketch over at Sketch and Stash. Although many challenge blogs seem to use square cards for their sketches I frequently adapt the sketch to a different base card.

So putting the card together, the base mat is 'butter iced dot'. The darker dotted paper is called 'creme anglaise dot' and which I have matted onto Funky Fairy's red velvet. All the mat edges are edged with a red pen. The two circular mats have been made using a plain circle and an inverted scalloped circle from nestabilities. To finish of the topper the blossom was cut out and the edges curled upwards and layered using foam pads. To make the black centre stand out I covered this layer of the blossom with glossy accents. The 'happy birthday' sentiment is a peel off coloured with a red peel off colouring pen.

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Indian Summer Card Kit

After spending most of the weekend re-arranging and tidying up my wee crafting corner, I thought I would sit down and do some lazy cardmaking - using a kit. This time round is was another Basic Grey Kit called Indian Summer and have already sidelined a couple of the cards for upcoming birthday.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Prairie Fairy Friday Challenge - An Oriental Slant

Found Prairie Fairy, the blog and shop, through my crafting buddy, Linda J (aka Pinklilac), so thanks Linda for showing me the way. I have to say that Linda can sometimes lead me astray, and this one of those occasions, ending up doing some shopping at the Prairie Fairy shop (shhh don't tell hubby, lol).

Anyway on to the challenge. Bought this Kanban concept card kit ages back. When I saw it I knew exactly who would recieve the card once it was made up, my travelling companion to and from school, Lynn. To fit in the with the challenge sketch I added a plain purple and gold border across the middle and on a blank tag from the kit added a happy birthday peel off. Instead of using a flower as per the sketch, I used the dragaonfly digitial stamp, one of my first purchases from Prairie Fairy. I printed it off the design on vellum and coloured (on the back or wrong side)the wings in with a sakura pen and the body with a copic pen. Finishing off with three tiny purple gems.

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