Thursday 31 December 2009

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge #14

Happy New Year Everyone!!
Sunday once more, & another fab Crafts 4 Eternity Challenge for you to get your teeth into. This week, the ingredients are to:-
1. Use Michele's sketch,
2.Use stitching- real or faux,
3. Use a blue & white colour scheme.

I'm so fed up of making Xmas cards & anything wintery I thought I'd use one of the new Miss Anyas. This one was the least summery of the three, but it's nice to look ahead to Spring. Especially as it's so cold here & everything is white with snow, with more forecast!! I used DP from my Basic Grey Wisteria pad. The dark blue paper is stamped with a swirl with white Staz On ink. I really like how that looks.

In the close up you can see my faux stitching. I had intended to do some for real, but I didn't have time. I added Stickles to the daisies too. There are some Xmassy things I'm not ready to give up yet!! She's coloured with Promarkers, the flowers are from Hobbycraft & the leaf punch is by McGill. I hope you are now feeling inspired to pop on over to the C4E blog to see the gorgeous creations of my DT colleagues, here. Michele is offering another goody bag as a prize & we are looking for a Guest DT member for February. Two fantastic reasons for entering this week!

I've been staying at my parents mostly over the last fortnight & have not had much chance to get any crafting or much visiting done. My New Years resolution is to do more of both! Me & the boys are going home today, I'm soooo looking forward to getting some quality crafting time in, once the boys are all tucked up in bed. For now though, I have more mundane concerns, like going to Sainsburys - Big Yawn!!

Hope Everyone in Blogland is happy & well. I'm feeling a bit lonely. My hubbie has gone to Australia for a friends wedding. I should have been going too, but when it became apparent we could not afford to take the boys as well. I decided to stay behind as I could not bear the thought of being so far away from them for a whole fortnight. So in lieu of violins, any comments you leave would be greatly appreciated!!

Big Happy 2010 Hugs for you all!!
Andie xx

Wednesday 23 December 2009

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge #13

OMG, I'm so late with this. I got totally lost with the days over Xmas, & forgot that it was Sunday today! This week we have a fab challenge for you. There's Michele's great sketch, plus we want you to use a tag & incorporate a song title!

Had I been thinking straight I would have made another Xmas card. Instead I racked my brains for ages for a song title that wasn't 'Happy Birthday', but would still be appropriate on a card. Finally I came up with the theme tune from 'Friends' - 'I'll be There for You!' This two little fellas look like great pals!

There's not much else to tell you about the card. The cute image is from Lili of the Valley, coloured with Distress Inks. My DPs are Basic Grey, Skate Shoppe I think. Hop on over to the Crafts 4 Eternity blog to see the gorgeous creations of my fellow DT colleagues. Michele is offering a fab goody bag of crafting stash for this week's winner.

So I hope everyone has had a fabulous Xmas. Did Santa bring everything you hoped for? Whatever you are up to I hope you enjoy your New Year festivities!

Big Hugs
Andie xx

Sunday 20 December 2009

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge #12

Challenge time again at Crafts 4 Eternity. Here's this weeks fab sketch, designed by marvellous Michele. The additional ingredients to use in the recipe are to use net & a journaling spot.

I've used the, oh so sweet, Daisy image from the gorgeous collection of stamps created by my lovely DT colleague Suzette. She runs her own stamp company, Crafty Sentiments, & is generously sponsoring this week's challenge.

I love this little lady & will give this card to my little niece, Emma for Xmas. I coloured her with my Promarkers & used Basic Grey - Blitzen, DPs. I'm not too keen on my handwriting on the journaling spot, but it adds a more personal touch! The 'netting' is actually raffia lace, with ribbon threaded through. I got busy with the glitter again. It shows up nicely in the photos, for a change!

So there you go. Please pop over to the C4E blog to see the beautiful creations of my fellow DT colleagues, here.

I've got to run. I still need to get some pressies! I thought I was done, but then decided not to get what I had originally planned. If I don't get it sorted soon, I'm going to start panicking!

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend & is more organised for Xmas than me.

Thanks for looking.
Big Festive Hugs!
Andie xx

Thursday 17 December 2009

Friday Sketchers for my Boss!

I must apologise for the quality of this of this photo. I made it the other night for me & my colleagues at work to give to our line manager for Xmas. Trouble was I had to leave early the next day & the light was terrible, so the colours do not show through properly. Trust me, IRL it is much nicer!

I based it on the fab layout at Friday Sketchers this week. The image is Antoinette from Kraftin Kimmie. I chose it because she looks a little bit like my curly haired boss. But the day after I finished it, she only arrived at work with straightened hair, LOL!!

I got the distressing tool out on this one, coloured her with Distress Inks & a Xmas card isn't a Xmas card without a touch of glitter! The sentiment is from Anna Griffin on a snowflake nestie background. The DP is MME.
Well got to dash. It's my last day at work tomorrow - YAY!! - & I've got loads of cards to make still - EEEK!!
Thanks for looking,
Big Hugs,
Andie xx

Tuesday 15 December 2009

Creatalicious Challenges - Challenge #5

It's the 15th again which means time for Bizzy Bec's Creatalicious Challenge once more. This month we want to see you use, something old, something new, something torn & something blue! As you will see from mine, & the gorgeous creations of my lovely DT colleagues, this does not have to mean a wedding card.

I decided to make a step card. I had been wanting to make one since I saw one on the blog of the wonderful Jacqui at Cats Whiskers. Her designs are a constant source of inspiration. Pop on over & see what I mean for yourself. So something old is the DP from last Xmas Imaginisce Snowy Jo Collection. Something new are the cute Xmas Gnomes from Whiff of Joy. Something torn is the Papermania vellum that is supposd to look like snow! Finally I used blue Bazzill Bling card stock for the card base & made a blue snowflake with a Nestie die from MME DP.

Sadly the weather has been so dull here I've really struggled to get a decent picture of this card. You'll have to take my word for the fact the colours look much better IRL. The card itself is much simpler to make than it looks, but cutting out those images sure took a while!
Now it's time to pop on over to the Creatalicious website to see the absolutely stunning creations of my DT colleagues. See them here.
Anyway, I hope you like it. Thanks for looking.
Hope everyone is having a great week!
Big Xmas Hugs,
Andie xx

Monday 14 December 2009

Stamp With Fun - Guest DT

It is my great honour & privilege to have been chosen as a guest designer this week over at Stamp with Fun. The challenge this week is 'Little Presents'

I opted to do a Joy Fold card & chose a couple of images, from Sugar Nellie, with little presents. So please indulge me with various views! I added a ribbon to the front to echo the bows on the pressies & hung a little Xmas charm from, because that is where presents go, under the tree.

Here is the inside. I made the snowflakes with a Nestabilities Create a Flake & glittered it to within an inch of it's life! The DPs are Flair Designs again.

The images were coloured with Distress Inks & are also glittered for a bit more Xmas magic! The children are just so cute!

I must apologise for being so late with this post. But I don't work Mondays & after a dull start in Tesco, today hads been busy, but lovely. I took Ben to a soft play centre & met up with a friend. Then we went to watch Jack in his Nativity play. He was just fantastic. He only had two lines, but I nearly cried, I was so proud! Finally Ben & I went swimming while Jack did his Tae Kwon Do. Then home for tea & finally 5 minutes to post this card. Phew!!
It's getting scarily close to Xmas now. So I hope everybody's preparations are well underway. I still have a heap of Xmas card to make, before I break up from work on Fri. Yikes, best get cracking!! Hope your all having a fab week!
Big Hugs,
Andie xx

Sunday 13 December 2009

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge #10

Crafts 4 Eternity time again. Here's this weeks fab sketch created by Michele.

And here's this weeks prize, a pair of cute little digis - Santa's Helpers, again from the pen of the talented Michele!

The recipe this week is to follow the sketch, of course, but the additional ingredients are to use green & red, & use a stamp that is at least one year old. My image is from last year's Whiff of Joy winter collection. I just love the expression on his face! He's coloured with Promarkers.

My DPs are rather old too, from Flair Design. I used my nesties & a punch to create the snowflakes. I recently bought a glue pen & since then I've not been able to stop glittering everything as it makes it so much easier & less messy.

So there you go. Please have a look at the gorgeous creations of my fellow DT colleagues at the C4E blog & why not have a go yourself. Thanks for looking & enjoy what's left of the weekend!

Big Hugs,
Andie xx

Saturday 12 December 2009

Not a Xmas Card!

Just fancied a change from making Xmas cards. I think you might struggle to find a less Xmassy card than this. She's quite a change of style for me. I saw a similar card a while back on the blog of my lovely blogging pal, Cheryl. I'd been thinking of getting this stamp for ages, but her inspiration finally sealed the deal. I have used her before now, but never put her on my blog. She's from That's Crafty.

I made her for this weeks challenge at A Spoonfull of Sugar, where the challenge this week is to make a monochrome card. I'm not sure just how sweet she is though, LOL!! I coloured her with Distress Inks & paper pieced her swimsuit. I wanted her to wear a rose in her hair. I think they overdid on the plant food though, as this rose is nearly as big as her head!! I hope she's got a strong neck, LOL! I think the DPs are 7 Gypsies.

There's not much else to say about this card. Having recently shown stamps stamps that look like my son & my sister, I wish I could say this one looks like me. I did give her brown hair, but the rest is wishful thinking!! I need to work a lot harder down at the gym!
Well, thanks for looking. I hope everyone is having a good weekend.
Big Hugs for Everyone!
Andie xx

Sunday 6 December 2009

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge #9

Isn't nice when you picture something in your head & things turn out more or less as you'd hoped! Maybe you know the feeling well, but for me, it's more of a trial & error process. Rather more error than I'd really want, truth be told!! Anyway, I'm really pleased with my card for this weeks recipe challenge at Crafts for Eternity. This week, we would like you to follow the sketch, include an image of Santa & use brads on your card.
My Santa imageis by Personal Impressions & is one of the first stamps I bought, a few years ago. He scrubs up quite nicely with Promarkers! The sentiment is from last Xmas' Magnolia collection. It quotes one of my favourite Xmas songs! The DPs are Basic Grey, Wassail - again! Getting bored of these now, but I bought too much. I have to keep plugging away at them. To create the circle I used brads & I wrapped embroidery thread round each one.

Well there you go. Sorry I'm a bit late with this, but it's been quite a busy day. We took the boys to see Planet 51 this morning. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought after I read a one star review of it yesterday! I'd give it 3. But the boys really enjoyed it which is the main thing! Then I had to go to Jack's school Xmas fair. By the time we got there, there was not much left, so I hope that means they made loads of money!! I've just found 5 minutes for a cup of tea, before I tackle the European ironing mountain!!
Thanks for looking. Please pop over to the C4E blog to see the sketch & the fabulous creations of my fellow DT colleagues. Michele is also offering another set of her cute digi images as a prize. What more incentive do you need to knock another Xmas card off your list!!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Big Hugs!
Andie xx

Saturday 5 December 2009

Antoinette Does SOS & Papertake Weekly!

I've had this Kraftin Kimmie stamp for a couple of weeks now & I've been just itching to get her inked up. The fab sketch at Papertake Weekly this week provided the perfect opportunity.

I just love the look on her face. She just looks so happy, oblivious & really pleased with herself all at the same time! The whole card actually looks a bit busy, but it just about works with the size of the image, (I hope!). The DPs are Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, both they & the stamp were from Bunny Zoe's. It made a change to use non-traditional colours for a change, so I'm also entering her at A Spoonfull of Sugar, where the challenge is exactly that!

There's not much else to tell you about this. I had intended to make a snowflake embellishment with my nesties. But it actually looks more like a flower, which makes me think I will be able to use this die all year round! However, for the purposes of this card it is definitely a snowflake, Stickled to within an inch of it's life!! The swirls were made with an EK Success punch.
There you go then for now. I'll be back tomorrow with my card for the next Crafts 4 Eternity Challenge. Hope everyone is having a good weekend.
Thanks for looking.
Big Hugs to you all!
Andie xx