Saturday, 31 March 2012

Penny Black Saturday #195 - Sing-A-Long

Tra la la! it's Saturday again, so time for another Penny Black Saturday Challenge! Thanks so much to everyone who joined in last week - your Easter cards were all fabulous! Don't forget to check out the main blog to see if you are last week's winner.

This week our theme is

(Favourite Song)

As always you can interpret this however you like so long as you use a Penny Black image, large sentiment or stickeroo as the main focus of your project.

This week our prize is a Guest Designer spot on the PBSC team - woo hoo! Wonder who will get to come and join us.

The rest of my teamies have really hit the top of the hit parade with their efforts this week .... here's mine.

The song that inspired me for this card was Elton John - "Candle In The Wind" :-) I know it's a bit of a cheesy interpretation, but I did my best lol!

Stamp: Penny Black "Critter Party" transparent set;
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers; glamour dust on cupcake;
Papers: Papermania Forever Friends "Springtime";
Supplies: flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts; lace from John Lewis; Papermania gems; Craftwork Cards sentiment; ribbon from my stash;
Tools: small, large and large scalloped circle nestabilities; Martha Stewart "doily lace" PATP; Marianne D "branch forest" die.

Bling It On (March) - Happy Birthday + Shades of Lilac
ABC - L is for Lavender & Lace
Craft Your Passion #103 - Monochromatic
Cupcake #185 - The Sound of Music ("Candle In The Wind")
Divas By Design #28 - Stamp Something
My Mum's #50 - Stamp It!
Kaboodle #112 - Circles & Squares
Simon Says - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Party Time Tuesday #61 - Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel #46 - Anything Goes

Have a great weekend and hope you can join us this week.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Hot cross teddy!

Hi there. It's been such a long time since I did any regular crafting that I thought I would try something a little bit different in an attempt to get my mojo back.

In a recent craft magazine the free gift was an Easter-themed decoupage pack of Forever Friends images. (I'm afraid I can't remember which magazine and the pack doesn't say on it!!) I don't normally do decoupage, but these images were so sweet I thought it would be a shame to completely waste them, and here's the result of my first attempt.

I have to confess that I started this card thinking it would be quick, but it took me hugely longer than I originally anticipated - decoupage is clearly not a quick option lol!

Image: Forever Friends decoupage;
Sentiment: Penny Black "Happy Easter";
Paper: Forever Friends "Springtime";
Supplies: Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts; ribbon from Hobbycraft; lace from John Lewis; gems from The Hobby House;
Tools: Marianne D doily die; Cheery Lynn "Art Deco" corners; Leone Em "Ash Family" leaf punch.

By The Cute & Girly (March) - In The Kitchen
Forever Friends - 3D and/or Decoupage
MAWTT #142 - Cute & Cuddly
Scrapbook Sisters #77 - Easter
Top Tip Tuesday #73 - Easter &/or Animals
Paperplay #13 - Easter
Paper Shelter #57 - Easter 
Try It On Tuesday - Easter
Crafty Boots - Easter
Cute Card Thursday #210 - Happy Easter
Sentimental Sundays #95 - Easter or Spring
Sparkles #30 - Spring
Marianne's Design Divas - Spring into Spring
Totally Gorjuss #124 - Spots & Stripes
Simon Says - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting - I'll be back on Saturday with a new Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Back in the groove with Penny Black Saturday

Good morning everyone, and welcome to this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge. I've been missing in action for the past 5 weeks due to a hectic time at work combined with a few health problems, but I'm hoping I've now turned the corner and am feeling ready for some springtime crafting :-). I'd like to thank my lovely teamies in the PBSC DT for being so patient and understanding these past few weeks, and I'm hoping I'll now be pulling my weight again both in terms of cards and commenting!

And what better place to start my renewed crafty obsession than with a fabulous springtime theme? This week it's

Easter Eggstravaganza

No it doesn't have to include eggs (though it can if you want!!), but we would like to see your Easter creations ... don't forget the only rules are that you should use a Penny Black stamp, large sentiment or stickeroo as the main focus of your new creation!

This week we have a fabby prize as always .... from our new regular sponsor Craftwork Cards

..this yummy prize pack from the Moorish collection (definitely looks more-ish to me lol!)

So here at last is a DT card from me.

Stamps: Penny Black "What a Spring!" (2557K); "Happy Easter" (2855D);
Media: bunny coloured with Copics, rest of image coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers;
Papers: Me To You "Spring Chic";
Supplies: flowers and pearls from Wild Orchid Crafts; ribbon from my stash;
Tools: small, large and lacy circle nestabilities; Martha Stewart "flower vine" deep edge punch; Marianne D "Branch Forest" die (LR0150).

MAWTT - Easter Wishes
Oldie But A Goodie - Easter Wishes
(stamp is several years old .. in fact I think it is now retired!)
Anything Goes #63 - Get Ready For Easter
Marianne's Design Divas - Spring into Spring
Simply Create Too #9 - It's Spring
Joanna Sheen - Spring / Easter
Crafty Catz #125 - Spring is in The Air
Really Reasonable Ribbon #44 - Spring With Ribbon
PaperPlay #12 - Spring Colours
Crafts & Me #76 - Light Airy Spring Colours
Ribbon Reel #24 - Inspiration Photo: Pink + Yellow + Aqua + Neutrals + Flowers + Ribbon

Paper Sundaes #112 - Photo Inspiration (inspired by the colours)

Papercrafting Journey #5 - Pretty Pastels
Papertake Weekly - Eyes Down, Look In!
(Gems + Diecuts + Flowers)
Incy Wincy #137 - Things With Wings
Cute Card Thursday #209 - Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge #42 - sketch (rotated 90 degrees to the right)

Well hey - I thought I would catch up with a few challenges being as I haven't been crafting much for quite a while lol!

That's all for today - hope you can join us, and I look forward to visiting and seeing your cards this week. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Happy Birthday Darling

I'm still taking a bit of a break from DT work and crafting deadlines, but today is my dear husband's birthday so of course I had to make him a card!!

I made another 8" * 8" card - soooo much space to decorate lol - esp. on a man's card which I always tend to make a bit more "clean and simple". Anyhoo here is the result.

Stamps: LotV "Cheers Bear"; See-D "Happy Birthday"; Fizzy Moon "Special Husband";
Media:  Promarkers and Flexmarkers; image and lace distressed with TH "antique linen" distress ink;
Papers: Pink Petticoat (gingham); sei (check);
Supplies: raffia lace and gingham ribbon from Hobbycraft; wooden heart buttons from Crafty Emma's; brown button and twine from my stash.

Anything Goes #62 - Boyz To Men
MAWTT - Cute As A button
Totally Gorjuss # 122 - Anything Goes With A Button
Charisma #9  Ribbon
Lili's Little Fairies - Ribbon & Lace
Totally Papercrafts #107 - My Favourite Things
(LotV teddies, ribbon and of course my husband :-) )
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Anything Goes

That's all for today - on holiday from work today so off now to get ready for a day of fun and relaxation. Thanks for visiting :-)

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Mum's The Word .. and some news

Good morning everyone and welcome to another I ♥ Promarkers challenge. This is my first card for a fortnight, as I have been rushed off my feet at work and have also had a couple of health problems which have put me out of crafting action. 

So before I get on to this week's challenge card, I have to mention that I have sadly decided that I need to scale down my crafting commitments a little so as to allow me to focus my energies on work, family, and crafting without pressure of deadlines - so alas this will be my last I ♥ Promarkers DT card. Very sad to leave as I really do ♥ my Promarkers :-) and the rest of the DT are fabby and so talented ... but it just had to be done. So big hugs to the rest of the DT - I will still be visiting regularly and hey - I may even enter for some of the fabby prizes which are regularly on offer lol!

So on to this week's challenge which is an absolutely brilliant one - we would like to see

Ribbons and Bows

and we are sponsored by the fabulous Lili of the Valley

with a £10 store voucher - woo hoo!!

Contact is Bev

So here is my card ...

I wanted to make my mum a Mother's Day card ahead of time; as next week I've got not only that but also my parents' wedding anniversary , husband's and a friend's birthdays to contend with lol!

I decided to make my first stepper card ... and no it's not a precut one - I made it myself!! I even made up my own measurements as I wanted the front of the card to stand 6" high rather than 4" - in fact the card is 5.5" high by 8" wide (it took a whole sheet of A4 card to make) and has 2 * 1.5 " steps and a rear step of 2.5".  Mind you, despite very careful measuring it did take about 6 attempts before it sat straight instead of wonky lol!! (I think I may invest in some pre-cut card blanks for next time!)

Stamps: LotV "Teddy - For Mum" (from image stack free with this month's Papercraft Inspirations magazine); LotV sentiment circles; Woodware "On Mother's Day";
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers;
Papers: Me To You "Spring Chic";
Supplies: Papermania heart gems; ribbon from Hobbycraft; flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts;
Tools: small circle and lacy circle nestabilities; Magnolia doohickey "lovely fence" die; Martha Stewart monarch butterfly punch.

Dream Valley #27 - Mother's Day
Craft Your Days Away #40 - Mother's Day
CRAFT #144 - Mother's Day
Simon Says - Mother's Day / Special Girl
Passion For Promarkers #139 - For Mum
(my nesties, punch and gems are more than 6 months old)
Oldie But A Goodie - Mum's The Word
Bunny Zoe's #21 - Celebrations
CES #75 - Flower Frenzy
Kaboodle #109 - Spring Flowers
Cute Card Thursday #206 - Signs of Spring
Gem of A Challenge #41 - Perfect Pastels
Crafty Catz #122 - Punches and Dies
(Pink / Butterflies / Die Cuts)
CUYL #64 - Front Panel Stair Step Card
Hooked On Crafts #18 - More Than One Fold
Paperplay #9 - Something Old, Something New
(old punch and nesties, new image, paper and fence die)
Ooh-La-La #100 - On The Move
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Craft your Passion #100 - Anything Goes

Phew!! it may be some time since I made a card but i guess you could say I made this one count lol!

Hope you can join in the challenge this week.