Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cheek to Cheek


I've been asked to make a Golden Wedding card, I've already made a traditional one but I thought I would use an actual image card and thought Mo Mannings Cheek to Cheek would work.

The papers are Penny Black and of course thats my all time favourite Floral Oval from Spellbinders.
Flowers are Upsey Daisy from MFT and I think it their leaves too. The numbers are Simon Says Stamp die and I computer generated the Golden Years and used two very old Stampin Up punches.

The ribbon was in my stash and the embossing folder is the one I used for the Wedding Stationery I posted last week along with the Stitched Scallop border die from Lawn Fawn.

Originally I was just going to colour her dress but decided that I'll paper piece it instead. As I sit here I see a mistake and hopefully no one will noticed because I've just looked at the card and it well and truly stuck down.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Back to School

wed-newchallenge-header

Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Add A Sentiment Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We also have a special challenge for children between the ages of 2 and 16! CLICK HERE or on the logo to go directly to the challenge page

Kid'sChallenge-01

This week the challenge is
Back To School

This week we are showcasing Avery Elle Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
50dollar_voucher_600px


The problem of making cards in advance is remembering what I used so fingers crossed that I remember everything.

I wanted to buy something from Avery Elle that would never go out of date and would work for card making and scrapbooking and for that reason I decided to buy Letter Balloons, I also have the Number balloons so the two will complement each other. They work brilliantly with scraps of card. I added a bit of sticky tape behind the holes at the top of each letter and again using scraps of white card cut the letters again and placed them in the holes.

The balloons stand out amongst the black card and it was only right to used the Simon Says Stamp Thank you Teacher stamp set in keeping with the back school challenge. I stamped with Versamark and used Bright White Opaque from WOW.

My twine is Doodlebug Beetle Black and the sentiment is Impression Obsession die, which I have moved several time and not helped my the dodgy photographer.

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.



You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bird World


Not the best photos but it was the last time my MIL came down to visit, after this her health took a turn for the worse and she has now passed away. So I thought these photos were important to scrapbook.

Some Graphic 45 papers and some feather dies to bring the mix match colours together. My flying birds I think they are the Poppy stamps dies they are larger than the flying gulls of memory box.

Maybe not the best page I've done but glad that I did use the photos.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Wedding Stationery


First of all a bit of a warning there are a lot of pictures.

So here is the wedding stationery that I was involved in along with my Sister, the Bride and her Mum, plus anyone who had to help with the homework.

The Wedding flavour box was made with Stamping Up dies and I wasn't involved in drinking any of the bottles for the corks!

We made the covers for the Order of Service I used the Cuttlebug heart embossing folder and had to use the folder twice. The scallop heart border is Lawn Fawn and the heart is a Spellbinder die.
The ribbon is from a very nice man in Hong Kong and the Heart ribbon slider supplied by the bride.
The Bride was in charge of printing the rest and attaching them with a long arm stapler.
It wasn't without a bit of drama of previous day of her Wedding the chap in charge of the music rang the bride to say the service had the wrong version of a hymn and last minute printing a remaking of the Order of Service.


I knew the Bride had an idea of what she wanted for her invites and I seriously tried to change it. She wanted best way to describe as flip book. As you lifted the front page the different pages were titled at the bottom at different lengths.

So first I had to make a spine with folds and this time the Bride Mother was with us and once the spine was made I had her place some red double sided tape on all the sides. She took them home to finish and never wants to see a piece of red tape ever.

We made the cover using a similar version of the Order of Service. I was left making the scallop caps for my homework. The Bride then printed all the pages on the matching card and assembled everything together. We even had a perforated one to send back as a RSVP.


The table names all done similar to rest of the stationery and we backed it so the nice linen look card was on the back.

The name places were done all like save the date and it was the Groom's job to cut the corks.


The table plan was was placed on a mirror not the easiest thing to photo. My Cuttlebug folder certainly earned its keep and I still remember when I mislaid it the day before the Bride was coming to my house to use it. It's retired and you can't buy it and all the other folders are not the same.


Here's the table all ready.


There was lots of little touches.



And the Bride and Groom were very naughty here are my beautifully flowers and I have a gift token. I was more than happy to be a part of making my niece's wedding day how she wanted it.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Flower Girl


Isn't this a gorgeous image from Mo Manning called For the Flower Girl its lovely to colour and layer too.

I think the papers are some freebies scrapbook paper that I decided would work for cards better unfortunately there is no name with them.

I've used the fabulous sketch on Mo's Little Challenges on Facebook, had to use it since I love sketches.
No automatic alt text available.

For my strip I used a Marianne Butterfly border die with a bit  of ribbon and my other butterflies are a Memory Box die. The sentiment is a Whiff of Joy stamp who are now no more but so pleased I still have some of their stamps. The scallop frames are from MFT.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Puffins

wed-newchallenge-header

Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the For A Child Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We also have a special challenge for children between the ages of 2 and 16! CLICK HERE or on the logo to go directly to the challenge page
Kid'sChallenge-01
We will be back soon with the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is

Add A Sentiment

This week we are showcasing Impression Obsession Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
50dollar_voucher_600px


Now for this challenge I thought it was important to use a decent size stamp but in my mind was another card so I made two.

So the first one is using the fabulous sentiment from Thank you Teacher Simon Says Stamp set , now the reason I used Simon's sentiment rather than one of the fab ones from Impression Obsession is because I wanted this fabulous Puffin (he looks a bit of a seagull to me) called Blue Foot.  I brought the one with sentiments but you can buy him on his own but that one is sold out at the moment.

My flying gulls are by Memory Box which are a great finishing touch. I'm trying to work out the patterned paper I think it could Summertime from Penny Black.


Here is the card in my mind using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles to make a porthole, I added some strips of scrap card to run across the card to make it look like the outside of a ship. Need some more Oxide colours to make my sea and sky.

The little dots are using a cog die from Tim Holtz Gearhead dies one of the loose dies have little dots inside of it and it works a treat to make dots. The little ship is a Simon Says Stamp die called Sailboat.

I added the puffin, links are above and now to work out what stamp set I used, its OK I worked it out it was Thankful Heart amongst the large sentiments there are some little ones.

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.



You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lots of Love


Since I'm scheduling my post for the next few days because I'm at a Wedding and staying at the hotel where the reception is being held, I thought I might as well add another schedule post.

It's a very CAS card, in fact I cut the Tim Holtz swirl and backed and then hadn't a clue what to do with it so its been on my desk for a few months. When I gave my son a baby blanket for one of his friends he wanted me to add a card to it. So I quickly added the Penny Black word die in the matching colour.

Not my best work but at least it didn't go to waste and I got a thank you card from the couple in the post which was lovely.


The small baby is getting married today, funny enough the toddler got married exactly one month ago.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Evening at Grandma's


While at the Scrap Cafe crop a few weeks ago a friend there was using a sketch and both myself and my sister used it. This is my attempt helped out with my new star die from MFT.

The papers are some ones but the matched the little chaps shirt perfectly. The tags are Simon says Stamp and the stickers came with the paper pack.

I recently kitted my 2015 photos, I think I'm going to have to up my game it was a busy year still haven't printed a Wedding and a Big Birthday Bash.

Friday, August 11, 2017

get well


I needed a Get Well card for a man and I was totally stuck to think of something. In the end I made my own plasters (see the card below) I was so disappointed with the end result that as soon as my craft money could afford it I brought the MFT plasters.

I made another card but the photographer couldn't photo it right and then I kept forgetting to do it. I finally photo a card that pleased more a bit more. Aren't the dies brilliant.



I'm gutted that where I swim on Friday morning is closed for repairs so no swimming for a few weeks but I plan to sort out my 2015 photos and make some kits up. There is a crop next week and at the end of September its the retreat.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

On My Shoulders


It was one of my brother's Birthday this week and I know he dotes on his Grandchildren so I thought this fabulous image from Mo Manning called Shoulders Boy S would work.

The papers are Echo Park not sure on the name of them now but I don't think it recent. I just so happened to have a left over cog corner from Tim Holtz cogs dies so I thought I would use it them I felt it needed some on the right top corner so I cut another one anyway. This was was chopped up a bit to suit my card.

I cut some extra single ones to randomly place, I discovered that some of the dies cut perfect little circles that look like faux brads so I decided to use them. They were a bit fiddly to stick more glue on my fingers sometimes. The sentiment it my favourite one that sits on my desk and I cut the letters out of a die, I think they are Memory Box ones.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

For a Child

wed-newchallenge-header

Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Splatter It Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We also have a special challenge for children between the ages of 2 and 16! CLICK HERE or on the logo to go directly to the challenge page

Kid'sChallenge-01


This week the challenge is
For A Child 
This week we are showcasing Neat and Tangled Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
50dollar_voucher_600px


I need to work out what I used for this cute card first of all I've used Neat and Tangled Prehistoric Clear Stamp Set, I didn't buy the die set  simply because very often I end up fussy cutting anyway. There was moments when I thought I was pushing my luck with cutting out the children but I used a Tim Holtz Pumice Stone Distress pen round the edges to hide my mistakes.

Yes I did use Oxides to make my scene behind them using Broken China and Cracked Pistachio and Simon Says Stamp Clouds die. I cut out three clouds and used Zig Glue Two Way Glue Pen on the back of them, when the blue glue dries clear its now repositional although I stick on my clothes to take out some of the tackiness.

The Leaves are a Poppy Stamps die called Sprig and I added a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle frame on top and trimmed the ends of the leaves.

I stamped the speech balloon from the Prehistoric but I added the small Happy Birthday from a Simon Says Stamp set but I can't work out which one I've used there are some fun sentiment on the Neat and Tangled stamp set so its a case of finding one that fits.


Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.



You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Navitity


Yes I'm still on Christmas 2014 not sure if this is the last one but it's a special one and it was difficult to find papers to go with all the different colours. In the end I use some old Kaiser papers that were in a 6inch pad with a sneaky join.

The photo is very special and the journalling was important too. My mum knitted this Navitity set my Sister stuffed and sewed it altogether. She made it for the Nursing Home's Christmas Fayre for display.  The first year a cardboard box was made into a stable and in case you wasn't aware my Mum past away in the January. Since them someone has made it a proper stable and it has come out every year since with card to let everyone know who made. Goodness I can feel the tears in my eyes as I write this post.


Friday, August 04, 2017

Crochet Update


I haven't updated what I've been crocheting for a while so here's some pics, this is my Thursday night Shawl from Helen Shrimpton she called the Bubble-Gum Shawl and its a free pattern. It curls a bit at the ends but I haven't washed it yet and it will probably lay better once I have. Oh I used Stylecraft Candy While Apple Sours. Which was fine once I got over my OCD of it changing colour in the middle of a row!!!


Here's the back, I've done the amount of rows according to the pattern but I use a smaller hook because my crocheting is neater and in this case I could have done another bubble pattern before doing the edging but as we all know hindsight is a wonderful thing.


Two very quick photo's before this baby blanket was wrapped up and given to the parents in waiting.
I hadn't realised I hadn't photo the finish blanket. This was probably because the edging was a bit of nightmare. I used a crochet book for edging and I lost count how many times I unpicked it and still it didn't lay nicely although it does look slightly better as a frilly edge.


I gave my Charlotte Blanket


 away to Chloe's and Sophie's Special Ear Fund  they had a large event and hoped it would come in handy. It was put in the raffle and I was told the winner was pleased with her prize.

Sorry cards are not being posted that often I hope eventually get back to it especially Christmas coming nearer over the horizon.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Splatter It

wed-newchallenge-header

Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is
Splatter It 
This week we are showcasing Ranger Products. You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
50dollar_voucher_600px


Yes I'm still playing with Oxides, this time I cut my mat using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and then I blended Cracked Pistachio, Fossilised Amber and Broken China Oxides.

Now I have already stamped a small sentiment but I wondered how well a solid stamp would ink up and stamp. So I got out my splatter stamps Indigoblu Ink Splats and using Iced Spruce Oxide I stamped away till I couldn't stamp anymore.

I then put my Crazy Dog from Tim Holtz Crazy Dog stamps in the centre. I had seem that people added spots to their crazy dog so I gave it a go. I really should of stamped black splats but since initially this was a experiment I didn't think it would matter.

Then I discovered that this weeks challenge was splatters, well I really don't like random splatters they look rubbish when I do them so I decided to use my experiment instead. I really did love how he turned out and gave the card to my son for his Birthday.

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.



You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in