Thursday, 31 March 2011

Finally made it back to less is more

Well, it isn't one of my best creations, but I finally managed to make a card for 'less is more', where they have a sketch theme this week. I seem to be having a bit of a seaside thing at the subconscious telling me I need a holiday maybe?! The stamps are all from crafty individuals and the inks are denim, pool and juniper Adirondack inks. Thanks for looking - pop back in the morning for details of the Sir Stampalot Birthday challenge!

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Another birthday card and more hospital!

Here is another birthday card I made for another of my work colleagues this week using the Hobby Art harbour set of clear stamps. I coloured them with promarkers. The DP is from the Joanna Sheen oriental dreams cd.
As mentioned in the post title, we have had another visit to the hospital today, this time with Megan. She has a fracture on her little finger on her right hand. Not the best news as her guitar playing will have to be restricted to just strumming for a few weeks. It didn't look too bad until the bruising started to come out... now she looks like she has been rolling it in Stormy sky distress ink! She has been very brave about the whole thing. It happened in a PE lesson when she tried to catch the basket ball. Bless her, she was more concerned about me having to set foot in 'that' hospital again than her own injury! She says she didn't think it was broken because it didn't hurt that much. I'm putting a photo on, so don't scroll down any further if you don't want to see!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

A very quick post

Hi everyone
Another very busy week, but I'm okay! Thanks so much for your kind words and for popping on to comment. I have been making a few cards for colleagues at work - March is a very popular month to have your birthday at our place! Here are two I made for the lovely Teaching Assistant I share my class with, one from all the staff and one from me.

This is the one from the whole staff on an 8x8 card using that huge butterfly by Elusive images. I coloured some watercolour paper with a mixture of Twilight and cranberry Adirondack ink, sprayed with glimmer mist and then stamped and embossed the butterfly in Sheena's platinum WOW powder. Not the best photo I'm afraid, and I can say the same about the next one too!
This one was a very quick make as I suddenly realised it was needed the evening before. The freehand cut numbers are a little naff, but I was quite proud of the roses in the top corner. I saw these being made on C&C last weekend and loved them! The bottom right flower is another Elusive images stamp and if you look closely you will see my favourite stamp on the base card. the papers are a papermania capsule collection set. Thanks for popping by. I will try my best to visit you over the weekend.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Long time no post

Crikey! It's nearly a fortnight since I last posted. Steve's Mum is now out of hospital and at home with support from carers for getting up, going to bed and one meal a day. It is early days, so we will have to see how it goes.
Last weekend the four of us who had visited the hospital came down with a very nasty bug, so there was no visiting for four days, whilst we recovered. It wasn't very nice! Since then I've been trying to catch up with all the jobs I didn't do at the weekend as well as visiting the hospital.
Anyway, I've managed to find a picture of a card I made a little while ago and hadn't posted yet, so here is is.
I used a Stampendous flower with Adirondack inks in twilight and cranberry to create the background. The central flower used the same backing paper but I embossed the flower in Sheena's platinum sparkle wow embossing powder. I added some seed beads in the centre. I mounted this on a circle cut with a nestie and stamped with a dotty border (Waltzing Mouse stamps). It looks better IRL and that embossing powder is gorgeous!
Here is a close up of the flower.
Hopefully I might find a few minutes to spend at my craft table this weekend. Hope you all have a great weekend with some lovely spring sunshine x

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Less is More- pastel colours

Here is my card for this week's Less is More, where the challenge is to use pastel colours. I wasn't sure whether I would manage to join in this week, but I managed to squeeze in a ten minute craft moment this afternoon. The flower stamp is from Hero arts and the sentiment is from Personal Impressions.
Steve's Mum is still in Hospital. Her speech is even more mixed up than it was, so communication is frustrating for all involved. Please bear with me if I don't get round to comment much this week, but with work and hospital visits I can see the computer may not even get switched on. Think of me tomorrow. We are having our Book day dress as a character day. I'm going to be the bad tempered ladybird! After school it is parent's evening, so I'll be speaking to parents dressed as a ladybird - do you think they will take me seriously?!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

A couple of teenage cards

The Allsorts challenge this week is for teenager cards, and it falls at just the right time as one of Meg's friends and a friend's son both have a birthday this week. Thought I would include them both.
 The first features a Mo Manning Digi coloured with promarkers and the papers are a free download from Canon creative park. The sentiment is from Creative Expressions. The second card is for one of Meg's friends who has loved pink and girly  for as long as I can remember!
This one used the same sentiment, punched flowers and a stamp from Sugar Nellie called 'Searching', again coloured with promarkers. The papers were a freebie from Tinker and Co.
You will have to forgive me if I don't reach blogland much this week. Steve's Mum is in hospital so we are visiting regularly. This is only her second ever stay in hospital in all her 86 years, and she is finding it very stressful. I've also got parent's evening on Monday and Wednesday after school. No rest for the wicked, eh? 

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Spring colours at Sir Stampalot

Good morning and Happy Saint David's Day! It is 1st March and time for a new challenge at Sir Stampalot. This Month the theme is Spring is in the air and is a colour theme. You need to use blossom pink, fresh green and yellow on your project.
I created the background using shaving brushes and distress inks in Spun sugar, Wild honey and Crushed olive. I stamped Hero Arts Friend definition in Spun sugar over the top and added some sponging through sequin waste using spun sugar and wild honey. The main panel was cut using a Go Kreate die (XL frames frilly #1). I stamped it with Hero Arts Silhouette Grasses in Versamagic tea leaves and embossed in clear . The paper for the flower was made in the same way, but also sprayed with Iridescent gold glimmer mist.  The flower was made using Shapeabilities flower creations 3 and an x-cut embossing punch. The border punch is from EK success.
Here is a close up of the flower with some added stickles...
...those silhouette grasses...
...and my background. I really enjoyed making this card, and I'll definitely be trying it in different colour ways too.
So, pop over to the Sir stampalot Challenge and get some inspiration from my wonderfully talented teamies. They have produced some real masterpieces this month. We hope you will be able to join in, because there will be another fabulous prize on offer. What is it? Take a look at this lovely lot!
Happy Crafting!