Tuesday, 5 May 2015

April Card Chain Challenge

Well hello, my friends! It's May already, can you believe it?! The days are passing by so fast...and for once I am not complaining. Ever since Rosie crossed over the Rainbow Bridge I have not been able to get into my crafting routine. I'm not feeling creative. Instead, I'm neglecting my blog, not doing enough visiting or commenting and I keep waking up at night because I can't hear the gentle rumble of Rosie's snore. So yes, I want the days to pass by quickly to help me not think or wallow too much. Life goes on, right?

Here I am taking a step in the right direction with my April Card Chain Challenge project. This girly number went to Mrs A in the UK. And I got a beautiful card from a sweet card from Greta in Oregon.

If you're new to the Card Chain Challenge gig, check out the CCC FAQs over at Debi's Society of Stampaholics. Basically we send out card a card a month and receive one in return from anywhere in the world. It's fun getting something other than bills in the mail. You should try it!

On to this month's CCC exchange. We were given a choice of Colour or Sketch or Theme (Cinco de Maio / Memories / Friendship) or Products (Dies). I picked Friendship and Dies for my card. The stamps and dies are by Clearly Besotted. The flowers and greeting are from the Fabulous Fuchsia set, cut out with coordinating flower and branch dies.  I inked the background with Tim Holtz's Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink and finished the project with 3 sequins.

Here's a close-up.  I'm having a go at CAS... again! Take a look at how I've used the dies: the branch is in-laid and the flowers are over-laid. Nothing new here but I was thrilled! To colour the flowers I used Promarkers and stamped the branch and leaves with VersaMagic Tea Leaves. For the sentiment I used Memento Espresso Truffle.

2 Crafty Girls #2: Colour Inspiration
Eureka Stamps #139: Feminine Cards
Stamplorations May Challenge: Stamps & Leaves
Make My Monday: Trees or Leaves
Perfectly Rustic #47: 3 of Something - sequins
Stamp & Create May: Flowers
The Shabby Tea Room: Photo Inspiration Pretty In Pink
Happy Little Stampers May CAS: Die Cuts / Punches

2 Crafty Girls
The Shabby Tea Room


That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish y'all a crafty week. I'm going to force myself to get inky. Wish me luck!


Friday, 1 May 2015

CASE-ing Christmas #18: Mynn

I guess it's time to welcome you to another round of  CASE-ing Christmas - a weekly challenge devoted to creating  holiday cards all year long. Today we're starting Challenge #18.

Here's how you play along. Each week you'll be given you a card to CASE and ... you CASE it! It's as easy as that. If you've never CASEd a card before, here's how you do it:
  • Look at the photo of the card to CASE; 
  • Be inspired by some elements of the card - the colours, layout, image, embellishments, etc 
  • Make a card based on that inspiration and link it up at CASE-ing Christmas Challenge Blog by Noon (Central) / 6pm (UK) on Thursday,  7th May 2015
And that's all there is to it. Our CASE card this week is this gorgeous creation by Mynn. Lots of ideas here and I can't wait to see how this project inspires you.

I pretty much stuck to Mynn's original card - colours, bird, dots, ribbon and tag. A shameless copy-cat, that's who I am! Somehow my card ended up a funny shade of Colman's English Mustard. I'm blaming my camera for it! 

For the dotty background I used Clearly Besotted Background Builder I and the tag is a die from Clearly Besotted's Tag Along set. The large scallop border is from their Scalloped Edges die set.  

Better get your shades on for the close-up. The bird is from Chocolate Baroque's Christmas Song. I added some red bling and Icing Sugar Card Candi to (unsuccessfully) tone down the blinding glare.

Crafty Ribbon Challenge #118: AG With Ribbon
Simon Says Stamp Monday: AG
Sparkles Forum Christmas #52: Tag You're It
CHNC Extra May: AG Christmas
Christmas Card Challenge #21: AG
CSAYL #45: Dots or Stripes

Products used in this project:

Now it's your turn to make a Christmas card by CASE-ing Mynn's creation. And if you played along last week, the Winners of Challenge #17 will be announced on Wednesday, 6th May 2015.

You'll find more ideas over at the DT's blogs: Mynn ... Donna ... Ellen ... Pat ... Steph.

Thanks for dropping by and Happy CASE-ing. I'm looking forward to seeing your take on Mynn's  card. Have a lovely May Day Friday, friends.


Polka Doodles #18: Anything But Square

Happy May Day, friends! It's inspiration week over at the Polka Doodles Challenge Blog and we are continuing our fortnightly theme of "Anything But Square".

Here's my a birthday card,made entirely from papers, images and embellishments from the Twiggy and Toots collection. Talk about a one-top shop!

Here's a closer took at the adorable owls.... cute or what?!

Just one more look at the sentiment ... I think it's beautiful. Dreams can come true at any age... we just have to believe.

4 Crafty Chick #244: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #181: AG Family Friendly
Aud Sentiments #130: Things With Wings + Sentiment
Cute Card Thursday #371: Use A Sentiment
Southern Girls #110: Get Wordy
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG


Now it's over to you, my friends. Create any project - card, tag, lay-out, box, bag, etc - as long as it's Anything But Square. You have until Noon (UK Time) on Friday, 8 May 2015, to link up your entries over at the Polka Doodles Challenge Blog. You don't have to use Polka Doodles products to enter, but if you have it, by all means, flaunt it! One randomly selected winner will receive a generous gift of £7.50 / US$10 to spend in the Polka Doodles Digi Store. Now that's a prize draw you don't want to miss.

And before I sign off.... don't forget to check out this fabulous new release: Work & Play #11, continuing Polka Doodles' playful take on everyday work. Definitely worth adding to your Work & Play Collection.

Have a crafty May Day weekend, y'all!


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #10.

Hello friends! I have two project for you today, both with a floral theme. Well why not? We survived the March winds, endured the April showers... and finally we get to enjoy the May flowers. I'm thinking a head, but only by a couple of days.

First let's take a look at my make for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #10. It's a monthly excuse to get inky and have fun with classy colours.  If you haven't played yet, now's the time to do so. These colours are super elegant and will work for any occasion.

You can use any medium to create your projects: paints, inks, pencils, pens, stains, etc., as long as you keep to the colours from the colour swatch. You don't have to use Chocolate Baroque stamps to play along but if you do you will be entered into a random draw to win £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. All participants will have a chance to be on the Design Team's Top Three list and proudly display winner's badge on their blog.

Here's my card for the challenge. You will also find it over that the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge blog with a Step-by-Step tutorial on how I made the card, along with some lovely makes by my CB team-mates.

The card is frightfully simple to make! I embossed the background with X-Cut Hearts and Kisses folder and very lightly ran Worn Lipstick Distress Ink pad over it. Then I coloured the image from Chocolate Baroque's Pretty Poppies A5 stamp sheet with Graph'It Markers, fussy cut it. I made a lacy border by cutting some vellum with Clearly Besotted's Scalloped Edge die and wrapped some sheer ribbon around. Finally plopped the fussy cut image over it and voila!

Well, almost. I added Glossy Accents, a few tiny pink bling and voila!

Nope, not yet. I went back in armed with my Wink of Stella Clear Brush Tip Glitter Marker and gave the flowers a once over. Now I say VOILA! Check out the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge blog where I've pretended to write a more professional version of the tutorial. :-)

Here's a close-up of the focal image. After all that effort the glitter is not showing. It's there in real life. Fault of the camera, for sure. Everyone knows my photography skills are beyond reproach! :-P

For my second card project, I heat embossed the lovely Chocolate Baroque's Auricula Script image with WOW Silver Embossing Powder and sponged it with Distress Inks. After a little fussy cutting, I adhered the image to a piece of red card stock and secured it to a couple of pieces of green card stock with little green brads. The sentiment is from Pretty Poppies, heat embossed in Stampendous Detail White Embossing Powder.

I finished the card with a little green twine and tiny yellow bling in the middle of the flowers. You can see the details in the close-up. I've used the following Distress Inks: Barn Boor, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage.

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Through The Craft Room Door: AG
Retarte #45: Spring Inspiration

So there you have it - 2 floral cards - both made with Chocolate Baroque stamps. Challenge #10 will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 19th May 2015, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 27th May 2015. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to do some visiting later this evening. One week today.... and counting :(


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Tuesday Throwdown #242: Get Well

It's Tuesday again, friends! And that means another week of crafting fun with the Tuesday Throwdown gang. The theme of our challenge this week is "Get Well". Our sponsor is Karleigh Sue Digis but you can use any stamps from your stash as long as you follow the theme.

For my get well card, I'm using the naughty little Love Sick Nurse, available form Karleigh Sue's etsy store. I'm keeping it simple with a few sequins and a some twine tied into a bow. Truth betold, the bow is there to cover an ink smudge! The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's On the Mend clear stamps set.

Here's a close-up of the naughty nurse. I coloured her with Graph'It markers and, after a little fussy cutting, adhered her to the card.

2 Cute Ink Challenge #128: AG
Crafting From The Heart #57: AG
Simon Says Stamp Monday: AG
Craft Your Passion #259: AG
The Pink Elephant #296: AG


Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Get Well". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday,  4th May 2015. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Before I sign off, I just want to say that I am deeply moved by all your beautiful comments on my Farewell Rosie post yesterday. Thank you all so very much.


Monday, 27 April 2015

Farewell Rosie

Friends, I knew this day would come. My sweet, adorable fur-babe Rosie crossed over the Rainbow Bridge last week. She slipped away peacefully in my arms on 22 April 2015 at 23h30. Stoic until the very end, she went unassisted, in her own time and surrounded by love.

Rosie lived a beautiful and robust life. She was one of a kind: loyal, devoted, fearless, mischievous, clumsy, greedy, playful, gentle, friendly, protective, and, above all, unconditionally loving. She moved with the grace of a bull in a china shop and I miss her terribly.

April 2002 - 22 April 2015

Since her passing, I have received so many e-mails, cards, messages and calls from friends, near and far. Many of you have been part of Rosie's journey in life - the good and the not so good. Words cannot express my heartfelt gratitude.

Thank you for all your love and support. As difficult as it is, I must take comfort in knowing that Rosie is in a better place now, waging her tail and waiting for me.

I had to take a few days away from blogging and crafting. Could not face any of it without my constant companion. To my Design Team members, I am very grateful for your patience and understanding. Tomorrow is a new day (I say that everyday!) and I'll be back with a new project.


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Chocolate Baroque: All Tiled Up

Good morning fellow crafters! Inspired by tiles, I made 2 cards, both featuring the Awesome Orchids stamp set by Chocolate Baroque.

My first card is influenced by the Dutch Delftware - the distinguished blue on white pottery renowned for its simple elegance.  I started by scoring a piece of Archers Natural White Cold Press 300gsm Watercolour paper into equal rectangles before stamping the flower heads with Paris Dusk Memento Ink. With a fine brush and a little water and a hint of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, I pushed the colours into the flowers, taking care not to blur the outlines. I inked the edges of each tile with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and drew a line through the score lines with a Uniball White Gel Pen for a grouted finish.

I stamped the sentiment with Memento Paris Dusk and finished the card with 3 tiny pale blue bling.

Here's another fun way to incorporate tiles into your card project. This time I'm using bright bold mosaic inspired background to showcase the Awesome Orchid stamp. I started by colouring a piece of Canson Coldpress 300gsm Watercolour paper with Gelatos and cutting in up into quarter inch squares. Then I put them back together on a piece of white card stock, with a little gap between each piece for that tiled effect. I coloured the orchid with Graph'It Markers, fussy cut and adhered it on the finished background with some foam tape. With a little Glossy Accent on each tile we get the perfect finish for these tiles.

This time I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of vellum with Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and adhered it to the card with tiny dots of Glossy Accent.

All Sorts #307: Quick and Simple Does It
Hiding In My Craft Room #196: Freestyle
Graph'It Colour Challenge #16: Flower Power
Wags and Whiskers #152: Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Make Your Own Background
Lil' Patch Of Crafty Friends #8: AG


Thank you so much for stopping by and for the emails and sweet comments about Rosie. She is hanging in there and is able to go about her business, albeit very slowly. She spends most of her time in her cot which we bought for André over 14 years ago. When Rosie came along the following year, she slept in that cot until she decided she was a big girl and claimed her spot on the sofa. Now she's back in the same cot. The circle of life. Every day, every hour with Rosie is more precious than the last.
Rosie - 14 April 2015
Have blessed Sunday, everyone!


Friday, 17 April 2015

CASE-ing Christmas #16: Donna

Welcome to CASE-ing Christmas! This is a weekly challenge devoted to the holiday season all year 'round and today we're starting Challenge #16.

Here's how you play along. Each week you'll be given you a card to CASE and ... you CASE it! It's as easy as that. If you've never CASEd a card before, here's how you do it:
  • Look at the photo of the card to CASE; 
  • Be inspired by some elements of the card - the colours, layout, image, embellishments, etc 
  • Make a card based on that inspiration and link it up at CASE-ing Christmas Challenge Blog by Noon (Central) / 6pm (UK) on Thursday,  23rd April 2015
And that's all there is to it. Our CASE card this week is this gorgeous creation by Donna Nuce - the Crafty Colonel. Lots of ideas here and I can't wait to see how this project inspires you.

Here's my card. I pretty much plagiarised Donna's work. This card came together easily and quickly... an uncommon, near impossible feat for me. And yet, here it is. What can I say but believe in the magic of Christmas!

No patterned papers, just plain card stock in cream, red and black. The focal image is a non Christmas stamp by Chocolate Baroque from the Fluttering Hearts A5 sheet and the sentiment is from the Christmas Magic clear stamp set. The gold ribbon is from my stash.

In the close-up you can see how I've embossed the heart onto red CS with WOW Rich Gold embossing powder and coloured in the middle of each pattern with dark green pencil.

C.R.A.F.T. #307: Christmas
Scrap & Craft #7: Tie It Up with Ribbon / Twine
Inspiration Destination #29: AG
Wonderful Wednesday #15: AG
Word Art Wednesday #179: AG
Christmas Stamping All Year Long #17: Any Shape Card
Winter Wonderland: Stitch It Up
Christmas Card Challenge #19: Optional Extra - Travel Theme / AG Christmas


Now it's your turn to make a Christmas card by CASE-ing Donna's creation. You'll find more ideas over at the DT's blogs: Mynn ... Donna ... Ellen ... Pat ... Steph.

Thanks for dropping by and Happy CASE-ing. I'm looking forward to seeing your take on Donna's card. Have a fabulous Friday, friends.


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