Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Anything Goes - Pink and Brown

Hi, well we have had such an exciting fortnight at Anything Goes. We had 230 entries for our Pearls challenge and so many fantastic projects to visit. We also had a fantastic response to our DT member call, in fact we have had the hardest time in deciding, there were so many entries, so many different styles, card makers, scrapbookers, altered artists, the lot! It was great fun reviewing everyone's blogs. We were supposed to choose three but in the end we chose five!

Our fabby new DT members are:

and we are still waiting for a reply to our fifth fabby new member, hopefully she will see the comment soon and join in the fun! Welcome to you all!!!

Hop along to the Anything Goes blog and see the gorgeous creations they have produced for our next challenge, which is...

Pink and Brown
These colours go so well together and there are so many DPs out there lately with these kinds of colours in the shabby chic vein. I had great fun. I have done a layout of course (will try to make myself do a card next time..) of Emma, of course, again.


  • Prima and GCD papers, throwing caution to the wind and using three whole sheets, lol. I can be as grand as I like when scrapbooking as I know I get to keep it all anyway, selfish crafter, me.

  • Prima mini lace border stamps round the edge of two layers of paper, stamped in DI Vintage photo.

  • ZVA bling flourish

  • Tissue paper from Emma's shoe box (scrapbookers never throw anything away) cut multiple times with the Tim Holtz tattered florals die

  • Prima e-line pink flowers and white flowers coloured with Versa Magic Jumbo Java ink.

  • Assorted textured ribbons.

  • Bo-Bunny double dot cardstock punched with a MS deep edged lattice heart punch.

Everything is from Craft Den. Lynne is currently revamping the website with all her new goodies!

Also back over at Anything Goes Challenge Blog, we are opening up entries for monthly Guest DT members. Pop into the Guest DT section to enter for each month, we are looking forward to working with lots of lovely, talented people over the year, and seeing loads of fabulous inspiration for each challenge.

And, last but not least, we are picking three top winners per challenge, by random.org, there are lovely blinkies for you to collect each fortnight by being one of our top three!

Enjoy, have a lovely evening :-)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Canvas boards

Just thought I would post a couple of canvas boards made back in February. I was lucky enough the be able to attend a techniques workshop at The Stamp Man and had a really lovely day with Jill Tuck trying out loads of techniques and getting messy. The first one here is the one we made in class, it's amazing how everyone's turned out totally different from the same materials. We attached sticky back canvas to mount board and got painty with ranger dabbers on the background and a torn piece of corrugated board. We used a variety of stampboard pieces, Tim Holtz stamps, Tim sizzix dies, UTEE and stamps, Moonglow mica powders, in fact there are not many things we didn't throw at it!
I made another later, in some of my fav colours purple and greens. The corrugated card came under a Morrison's pizza! The lovely black spray details are a great product called webber from Krylon. I made the flowers using Stamp Man starburst stains on plain printer paper, scrunched it up, dried it with the heat gun and then used Tim's tattered flowers dies. I have used Stamp Man aspects of designs stamps on this one which I bought ages ago at Harrogate.

Hope you like them, I have really enjoyed getting messy, I dont do it very often!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Scrapbook pages and mummy's card

Hiya, had a lovely time as always at scrapbooking last night. We used the lovely Bo Bunny Gabrielle papers again. I have followed Lynne's design quite closely and have added punched EK retro flowers, a zva bling and a MD die cut butterfly and punched MS butterflies. Kaye said 'Isn't your daughter beautiful?' Well yes, she is!!
I've also done another page this week, I found some old K&Co papers and was going to fold them into gift boxes, but then I thought that they had a lot of flowers and leaves to cut up. I wish I hadn't, it's taken me ages, but now instead of wasting the paper on a box, I have a bag of fern leaves and flowers ready to use! Dedication or what. So here are some on this oage of Emma chasing bubbles last year at Granny's house. I have layered a couple more sheets of flowery K&Co papers (I dont know what they are called, sorry, they are really old) on top of a sheet of Bo Bunny Ocean something cardstock. This has been one of my faves, that an the pale corally coloured one, I have used them so much. The layered up ferns and flowers are really sweet aren't they, I'm glad I persisted in cutting them all out, I have loads left, you'll see them again soon no doubt! I've finished it with a strip of textured ribbon and an MS butterfly border strip. It might get a title yet, I'll have to have a think.
Also, creme de la creme, here is my mummy's day card, complete with lovely signature and kisses. Brill isn't it!
Have a lovely weekend, we are visiting friends in Burnley, hope you have a lovely time whatever you are doing. :-)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Anything Goes Challenge - Pearls

Another challenge over at Anything Goes Challenge Blog and this time the theme is

As usual we had loads of lovely entries for our theme of Make your own Embellishments and as usual, I am still wading through, not enough hours in the day! Here is my entry for Pearls, some absolutely lucious, to die for papers from Bo Bunny called Gabrielle. They have just arrived at Craft Den and you will have to hurry because I need some more! This is Emma at my cousin's wedding almost 2 years ago now, looking really beautiful sniffing Grandad's buttonhole flower. I printed it in greyscale, which I think works really well for these papers. These papers also have my favourite thing for decorating anything - butterflies!! I have to admit I was getting a bit weary at cutting them out late last night though. I have punched a few using MS punches as well. Then I went mad with the pearls and stickles as you can see!

Come and join us at Anything Goes. Starting from this challenge we are going to be choosing our top 3 entries and spotlighting one person to win a guest designer slot for the following month!

And don't forget about the DT member call - we are looking for three new DT members to join us on a regular basis - ending 15th April.

See the challenge blog for all the details!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Scrap Our Stash - April Challenge and Anything Goes DT member call!!

I have been very lucky to be asked to be a guest design team member for the challenge blog Scrap Our Stash this month. The theme for April is 'Bring on the Sunshine' which was a lovely challenge for a slightly misreable March. Here is my entry, Emma on the beach in Mallorca in 2008. I have used bright sunny colours to reflect the sunny day at the beach and to compliment Emma's lovely bright swimming cossie. We still have Quack Quack, the duck she is sitting in but I dont think she'll fit in it this year. She'll give it a go though :-) The background is Making Memories 'Hilary' shaped paper and then I have used Bo-Bunny Kitchen Spice and Ella Bella dotty papers, and added a mixture of Prima, Petaloo and other flowers in bright shades, and bright ribbons, buttons and stickles of course to finish it off. The pins are Maya Road, aren't they just delicious!
My SOS biog (oooo get me) was also posted last Thursday and here is the layout I made for it. Emma of course, about the same time as the Mallorca piccies, but in my mum's garden. Funny how it looks more sunny there than in Mallorca! She is pulling one of the funny faces she had a run of when she was little. This was one of her favourites, a surprised/shocked look, love it! The paper is an MME I got down south on my travels to the office and I've cut out the flowers from the coordinating paper and wrapped ribbon round and added butterflies as always. I was just wondering why I didn't add butterflies to the other page, but probably it being on the beach stopped me!
But now some big news!!! Over at Anything Goes Challenge Blog we have a DT member call! It's open until 15th April. You don't need to have been on a DT before. Here are the requirements:

  • Be able to create two new projects a month

  • Be able to comment on your quota of entries

  • Post current challanges to your own blog

  • To participate in any blog hops we may have

  • Enjoy working in a fun and friendly team!

  • But most of all to be able to have fun and enjoy your craftiness with like minded people!

If this sounds like you, please leave a comment with your name and a short bio and a link back to your blog.

We will close the call end of Friday 15th April and 3 winning candidates will be contacted no later then Sunday 17th April with a view to start 3rd May, or sooner if so wished.

Good Luck!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Oops, it's been a little while....

Oh dear, I always have the best intentions to blog more regularly, to visit more blogs and leave more comments, but, real life keeps getting in the way, lol! Thanks to everyone joining is over at Anything Goes Challenge Blog this time, I'll be popping over again soon to have a look at all those great entries. We had scrapbooking class at Craft Den last night. We were a little bit thin on the ground, and Kaye is doing a mega album for her daughter, so we all had a lovely time getting on with our own thing, with ideas from Lynne. I did a double layout of Emma at Christmas, opening Woody and other pressies. The papers are Basic Grey Jovial, really lovely. The ornaments were cut using a Tim alterations die and the little bauble edging strip is a Martha Stewart. The little trees are a Nellie die set. Finished with stickles and bling as usual!
I am booked onto the all day card making and techniques workshop at Craft Den tomorrow, v excited!

Have a lovely weekend!