Thursday, 31 May 2012

Christmas Cupcake

Haven't made a Christmas card this week, so I thought I'd better attend to that. Made this quick CAS card using a Bugaboo digi, coloured with Promarkers then glazed & glittered in places. The ribbon & card candy have been added to complete my card.

CHCC - Christmas Foliage - decorating the cupcake
ABC Christmas - "K" for Keep it simple. Jx

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Purple Magna

A few weeks ago I made this card in browns, & one of my friends daughters who is about 7 said to her Mum that she really liked it, but that I was daft doing it in brown cause everybody knows little girls don't like brown, they like pinks & yellows & purples! Amy then told me this herself & said she would like a similar card but in purple - I aim to please, so Amy, this one's for you!

I haven't put a sentiment on this time, as I think the plan is to get a little frame and hang it in Amy's room.

Sugar Bowl - Anything goes as long as it has a Sugar Nellie, which it does. Jx

Anything Goes @ Oldie But A Goodie

Well this certainly is an Oldie - it's a 1990 House Mouse called Eatin & Sleepin in a Sunflower - & I love it! It's also a much more appropriate stamp to be using than the snowman in the last post! Hasn't the weather this past week been FANTASTIC! We're back to cool grey now, which I have to add is also fantastic, but the heat was good for a short burst.

Today's card is for the current Oldie But A Goodie Challenge which is set as

Anything Goes

So there's no excuse not to enter this time! The prize for our lucky winner will be this lovely set of embellishments and super stamp.

When entering, remember you can use both digi & rubber stamps, but you must use something older than 6 months on your card & tell us what it is. In my case it's the stamp!

So, my card uses my HM stamp, coloured with Promarkers, Doodlebug paper & Wild Orchid flowers and the ribbon is from Ribbon Girl.

Hope you'll check out the other DT's great works on the main blog, before joining us this time around at An Oldie But A Goodie, Jx

A Gem of A Challenge - Photo Inspiration
Crafts & Me - Flowers
Allsorts - Birthday for Someone Special
Bunny Zoe Crafts - Anything Goes
Get Hippity With Ippity - Flowers With Leaf

Flower, Mustard, Pastel Yellow, Buttercup & Canary

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Christmas on a Scorcher

Well today has been brilliant, really sunny with just a slight breeze, so Colin & I set to work on the gardening jobs & have had a very productive day.

In the cool of the evening last night however I made this Christmas card using a lovely Bugaboo.

ABC Christmas - J for Jingle Bells
Winter Wonderland - Embossing
CHCC - Blue Christmas Jx

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Last Teacher Thanks

You'll all be glad to hear that this is my last teacher thank you card for now - I wasn't going to post this one, but it fitted in perfectly with the Cupcake Craft challenge of book lover so clearly I had to post!

As it's another sunny day here today, I don't think much crafting will happen. The boys are still revising, these exams are going on for ever, but by the end of the month they'll all be done and dusted - yipee! Jx

Monday, 21 May 2012

Thanks For Looking After The Cat(s)

I'll need a thank you card for my neighbour when she pops in to feed my cats when we are on holiday, so I made this one so it's all ready for July.

The image is Bugaboo, coloured with Promarkers and the papers used are Basic Grey.

Papertake - In The Garden
Stamptacular Sunday - In The Garden
Stella Says Sketch - Lovely sketch

& in the garden I most certainly was again today as it was lovely and sunny here - just what my son Alan needed as he started his exams! Jx

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Maths Teacher

Another Bugaboo teacher thank you - only one more to go!

This time it's for Alan's Maths teacher so instead of using papers, I've covered the card with mathematical equations & symbols - not sure what they all mean, but Alan knows!

For Fun Challenges - Flowers
Simon Says Stamp - CAS
The Stamping Boutique - Doodling
Top Tip Tuesday - CAS Jx

Friday, 18 May 2012

Teacher Thanks

I haven't been doing quite so much card making this week, the last few postings were of cards which had been prepared but never put together. Teacher thank you's have been in that category for a few weeks now, but I always made another card rather than finishing them off!

The reason for the decline in production is Colin being on exam leave with only one exam to go and two & a half weeks to prepare for it, so he decided he wanted a bit of a break so we've been doing things together.

So, this card is for one of Alan's teachers before he leaves school.

Pile it On - CAS
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Coffee Chocolate & Cards - One for the boys, Jx

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Happy 50th John

My brother will be 50 at the beginning of June, and is a keen golfer, so I thought this Bugaboo would be perfect for him. I've made a easel style card then put the "50" on the base using a stamped golf ball for the "0". I got this idea off Jo and her great card here. (Sorry about the photo, but I needed the light at the window & because it's an easel I couldn't crop out the garden!!!

Here Come The Boys - Happy Birthday Easels
Allsorts - Cards 4 Men
Crafting For All Seasons - Birthdays & buttons
MAWTT - Keep it Real
CRAFT - Easel Card Jx

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Nautical Fun

This is the current freebie stamp over at Bugaboo & I thought he tied in quite nicely with a couple of challenges running at the moment.

He's coloured with Promarkers & the paper is by Craft Companion.

The clouds are cut using my lovely new Dynamics dies & the border using my MS punch.

MAWTT - Nautical
Made Especially for You - Sketch
Gingerloft - Under The Sea. Jx

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Things With Wings

It really doesn't seem like two weeks ago that I was outlining the last Oldie But Goodie Challenge, & here we are again about to start another! Firstly though, I'd just like to say thank you to all those who joined in the fun last time, we had a fabulous 182 entries!

This time it's the turn of the lovely Debs to choose our theme - & she's gone with

Things With Wings

A fabulous challenge don't you think and it's sponsored this time by The Digi Doodle Shop, who are offering the lucky winner some free digi's.

To enter our challenge you can use both rubber & digi stamps, but your project must include something older than 6 months. My oldie is this LOTV stamp and shockingly this is it's first use!!!

So, onto my card, I've used a great LOTV stamp called Dandelion Fairy, MME Six by Six papers and ribbon along with my MS doily punch and my Prima Donna flower dies.

So that's my take on the challenge, now go see what the other DT ladies got up to before making your own project.

Crafty Catz - Happy Birthday
Sketch n Stash - That lovely sketch again
LLFC - Use your favourite tool - has to be my bug
Double Dutch Dare Card Challenge - Birthday Fun
Papertake - Cute Cute Cute
My Mum's Craft Shop - Fairytales
Crafty Emma's Store - Anything Goes - & sadly it's the last challenge. Thanks to everyone at CES I've loved your challenges,

Monday, 14 May 2012

More Penguins

After the pain of the dentist this morning I needed a crafty distraction, so here it is;

I've used my lovely Bugaboo Penguins again, but this time they are in monochrome & I have to admit, it suits these little fella's!

ABC Christmas - "i" for icy
Top Tip Tuesday - Clean & Simple - just like me after today's events!
One Stop Crafts - Monochrome
The Craft Place - Monochrome
Catch The Bug - Things with wings
Paper Sundaes - Things With Wings
Pile It On - CAS
Phindy's Place - Christmas Jx


Dentist at 9.45 - still to shower - shouldn't be doing this now!!!

ABC Christmas - "i" for icy Jx

Well dentist didn't go well - couldn't get parked then a queue at reception meant I was 6 mins late booking in - £20 fine and told to re-book despite being within my appointment slot of 15 mins. Had I checked in a minute earlier there would have been no problem! Annoyed or what!!! That will teach me to blog!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

New Reindeer

...This time with a tree!

Like I didn't have a stamp suitable for a traditional Christmas challenge - apparently not, hence this gorgeous purchase from Bugaboo. Well at $3 a pop who can go wrong, & I'm sure I'll make loads of cards with him!

So, my card today uses my old faithful, Dovecraft, Happy Jolly Christmas papers - boy will I miss them when they are all used up! Colouring is done by Promarker, & the ribbon & buttons are from my stash.

Chocolate Coffee & Cards - Their lovely sketch
CHCC - Mainly red & green
Holly Jolly Christmas - Brown/Red/Green
Craft Your Days Away - All Creatures Great & Small - Mr Reindeer - Great I'd say.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Flower Power

This simple little card is made using the Bugaboo digi Sunflower stamp. I cropped off the stem & leaves to give me just the flower head to play with.

As the card design is rather simple, I then added faux stitching and matted the flower heads onto printed originals & raised them with foam pads.

Catch The Bug - Anything Goes
Sunday Sketch & Stamp - Their sketch
Less Is More - Yellow
DYSU - Use A Flower

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Le Chat

In a last ditch attempt at making something of standard grade french, Colin has taken to labelling household objects!!!

Good luck again today Col! Jx

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Positively Pampered

Today has been a lovely day, it started off sunny, then went very wet, but now it's lovely. So lovely in fact that Alan went to football training & I stayed out the hour & walked around Cuminestown, a neighbouring village. It was then back for lasagne for tea and to finish off this card before The Apprentice.

Now this is the first time I've used this lovely stamp, sent to me by Laurie - isn't she lovely! (That's Laurie, as well as the girl on the stamp!)

I have to say, I'm always a bit apprehensive about colouring LOTV stamps, I don't always find them that easy to do however on this occasion I'm delighted with the end result! She's coupled with lovely MME Six by Six papers and I also used my super new flower die called Prima Donna available here from Dies to Die For. Finally with a dash of fairy dust, (Stickles) & some glaze, I was done!

Made Especially For You - Mothers Day Card with ribbon - I've used tri colour brown ribbons over both brown border punched strips.
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Love To Create - For Mom/Special Lady
Tammy's Scrapin Corner - Dies & Punches - MS Doily Border Punch & Dynamics Flower Dies
Crafting For All Seasons - Handmade Flowers - Prima Donna Die & a brad centre
Sketch & Stash - Brilliant sketch
Pile It On - Fairytales, Fantasy & Day Dream
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - I Love You Mom
Paper Sundaes - Mother's Day
Party Time Tuesday - Mum's the Word

Finally, I'd just like to add that there are some lovely cards over on MIM and one of my favourites is Jen's card here.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Monochrome Teddy Bo Cat

I do so love this stamp & thought a monochrome look would suit too, so I gave him the Promarker treatment & combined him with some Basic Grey Paper and a tartan ribbon, & that's about it!

Allsorts - Black & white
Simon Says Stamp - Birthday Celebrations
Fab & Funky - Celebrating Male-ness

Monday, 7 May 2012

Christmas Again

Never before have I been so organised for Christmas - and it's only May! Thanks to all the new Bugaboo digi stamps I won at the turn of the year, Christmas has been a joy - it means getting my hands on my new digi's where as in previous years I keep using old stamps the first half of the year awaiting the current year Christmas releases.

So, today was May Day - not the best weather wise, but I got my run first thing & the grass cut too before the heavens opened!

So tonight, it's a card then Britain's Got Talent with Colin, then off to bed for him as his Geography exam is tomorrow - good luck my little MRL!!!

My card uses a Bugaboo Reindeer - there are loads to pick from along with some craft companion papers & a blob or two of glaze.

Stella Says Sketch - 110
Winter Wonderland - Inspirational pic of lilac baubles
CHCC - Stripes
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Teddy Bo Cat

Well this is my first time playing with a Teddy Bo image, but when I saw this one over on Sheila's blog, I knew it was one for me - isn't this guy cute!

So, I coloured him with Promarkers & combined him with some more of the papers I dug out from the back of the drawer, (Dovecraft), added in some ribbons & buttons & even a die cut off my new Cottage Cut doily. Finally a bit of distress inking of edges & I was done.


Fetch a Sketch - Another lovely sketch to follow
Craft Your Days Away - Just For children
Lady Bug Crafts Inc - Birthdays
Party Time Tuesday - 2 or more ribbons - pink & brown
Teddy Bo - Buttons
Sweet Stampin - 4 Legged Friends

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Cupcake Pig!

I think that description could fit me!!!

Well this card is me being ultra efficient, not only am I now forward planning for Christmas, but now for Mother's Day too! Well, not exactly, it's just I wanted to do the challenges below, which ended up in me having an early Mother's Day card!

So, onto my little piggy - it's another great Bugaboo, coloured with Promarkers then glazed in places. Papers are Dovecraft & buttons out of the drawer!

Stella Says Sketch - 109 - Ages since I've done this one so I thought I'd give it another go.
Pile It On - Mothers Day, but no flowers
Catch The Bug - Anything goes

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Spring Wedding

This has to be my favourite wedding stamp so far - I've used it so many times I've lost count. That said, it's ages since I've used it so I thought it was due an inking!

So, using my Sugar Nelly Happily Ever After stamp & my Wild Rose Studio papers, I've made this card;

Sugar Bowl - Their sketch
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Fashionistachallenge - Weddings

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Delgaty Rocks

Both my boys are in the academy house team Delgaty. Colin is in 4th year and in the middle of sitting his standard grade exams & Alan is in 6th year and after his exams will be leaving school. This term has been a busy one for them both, but especially Alan as he has started planning his next stage of life. There have been uni applications & job applications not to mention finding accommodation & applying for scholarships and as if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, he threw in wanting to learn to drive too! With all these applications flying off, he has relied heavily on his school house master Mr Martin for support, guidance & references, so we thought a personalised card would be a great idea to show our appreciation of Mr Martin & all he's done.

So that's the story behind the card!

The card itself is for the current Oldie But Goodie Challenge which I've set this time and it's theme is;

Die Cuts & Punches

As well as following the theme please also use something older than 6 months (The Oldie Bit) on your card & tell us what it is.

The prize this time around is from our fabulous sponsor Bugaboo, & they are offering the winner 7 digi's of their choice. What a great prize, & not only that, they also very kindly gave all the DT members a stamp too to play with, so generous, so thanks again guys.

I chose this brilliant Deacon stamp called, Deacon-School Sign It. He's coloured with Promarkers, in green, (house colours), then I used my MS border punch along with my nestie dies to comply with the challenge. Finally I used an oldie ribbon which I won in a lovely Ribbon Girl prize last year.

As for the image, it comes with a blank whiteboard, just waiting for your message. Colin taught me how to add a text box over the image, and da-da, your stamp is personalised!

Well that's what I did this time, but the other DT ladies have also had lots of Bugsaboo fun, so head on over to the main blog and see which stamps they picked & the fabulous cards they made.

Deep Ocean Challenge - Die Cuts & Punches
Creative Card Crew - Ribbon
Cards For Men - Texture - Ribbons, Emboss punching & layers + glaze on apples
The Craft Place - One for the boys - from my son to his teacher

Hair - Camel/Cinnamon/Tan/Almond
Top - Grass/Lime/Leaf
Shoes - Warm Grey 1-5
Books - Cardinal/Ruby/Burgandy & Caramel/Cinnamon/Tan