Thursday, 24 February 2011

No marking done - but a challenge entry complete!

Half term - done some housework, not managed to get my school work out the boot yet - eek Friday tomorrow. But I have done some crafting :). Amber has decided that she wants to be a florist when she's older so we went to Spalding Bulb Auction for some silk flowers so she could practice. It's a florists wholesalers amongst other things and a real treasure trove. I picked up a few bits for myself while we there including the flowers on my latest creation. Have designed this with the sketch from Cute Card Thursday in mind but I have strayed from the path a little. The decorative accent at the side is cut from a sizzix die, it is my favourite and the shape is from a nestie. The image is made from two Kanban clear stamps the birds and the cage are separate, I even managed to get the birds on the perch!! The bottom border was cut with a Martha Stewart punch. I'm quite pleased with how this turned out, now I need to work out how to produce a box/envelope but that can wait til another day.

Entering this for
Cute Card Thursday -A sketch by Christine
Creative Cottage Challenge Blog - Fabulous Florals
Paper Sundaes - Masculine Colours

Sunday, 20 February 2011

An old stamp

This is a stamp I've had for at least ten years - but I find the image really hard to colour successfully. I've inked it up many times but have discarded the result. The image is very detailed and it doesn't seem to work at all without colour. This time I've watercoloured it using Stampin Up Watercololur Crayons the result is ok - but the colours in the photo make it appear bolder that it really is. I'll have to try it with Promarkers next time. The frame was cut from an old aperture card thats been in my draw for years. Someone gave me a big pile of them but I find them hard to use successfully. So as I hadn't got a correctly sized or shaped die this was a good solution. The discarded part of the card Iused to stamp the butterfly and to punch the tag and top flower. I thought I'd dig out this stamp as it is perfect for the Allsorts Challenge - Inspired by Nature. (You can tell its half term as I've actually got time to craft on a Sunday instead of running trying to prepare for the week ahead).

Thanks for looking

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Get Well Soon

Love this LOTV image, have had it for I while and haven't used it. I'm hoping this will cheer up my elderly aunt who is very poorly in hospital at the moment. I have stamped the image with memento ink and coloured it with Stampin up Water colour crayons. I've used my new Martha Stewart border punch for the trim and punches to create the flowers and my favourite butterflies. I've been very restrained on the butterfly front recently but I treated myself to some new butterflies at Fleurs craft party yesterday so they will be appearing here shortly. I got the opportunity to see some of her designs in the flesh, they are even more beautiful in real life than they appear in her blog.
Entering this for Bunny Zoe Crafts Challenge Spring Flowers Everywhere
Thanks for Stopping by.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

My Valentine

I have made a valentine notebook for Paul instead of a card. It's a little lined notepad - perfect for writing shopping lists in. He usually does the Morrisons shop - but likes to have a list prepared - I'm sure he'll enjoy using this as I've been through the book and stamped some messages on random pages. It was fun to make use of the little message stamps that I have accumulated. I'm sure he'll enjoy having mesages like 'Some bunny loves you' and 'I'm nuts about you' on his weekly shopping lists!!!!!!!!!!! At least I got to use the stamps, and it made me laugh while I was doing it. :)

Entering this for

The Crafty Pad Challenge Hearts & Bunny Zoes Crafts Love is in the air

Sunday, 6 February 2011


This is one of my new stamps - Miss Evie Wonderland - from Squiggle Stamps. My 21 year old neice is crazy about Alice in Wonderland. I spent 2 weeks in Disneyland in 2008 searching for all things Alice and I only found two items!!!!!!!!! Of course since then the world has gone Alice mad and she is everywhere. Made this notebook for her, I'm sure it will come in useful as she is in her final year at Uni. Luckily craft stamper have supplied me with a pocket watch and teacup on recent magazines so my theme was complete. The flower was also made from a recent free stamp from the magazine. Entering the notebook for Paper Sundaes Challenge - Two or more images and I Love Promarkers Anything Goes Challenge Evie is coloured with promarkers, and the paper I used had a subtle sparkle and it has given a lovely effect not easy to pick up on the photo.

Lynda xx