Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tuesday Throwdown #209: Our Furry Little Friends

Well hello, Tuesday! It's time for another play date with the Tuesday Throwdown gang. This week we are being sponsored by Oak Pond Creations. The challenge theme for the week is "Our Furry Little Friends".  I'm using the digi called "Love Pets" - a perfect picture of our family!

The patterned paper is from Basic Grey "Life Of The Party".  I cut and layered the
image using Spellbinder dies and finished the card with some twine.

The three guys are behaving exactly like our furbabes, so I coloured
them accordingly with Graph'It markers.  From let to right we have
Peanut who enjoys showering our baby kitty Richard Parker with slobbery kisses
who makes no secret that he adores the attention, looked on by a horrified
Rosie, appalled by the excessive PDA by today's youth! 

Join me in these friendly challenges?

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Our Furry Little Friends". 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 PST / 11pm GMT by Monday, August 25th. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Rosie's Update:
She has completed her last cycle of Doxorubicine and last Saturday we got the results of her mid-cycle blood work. Her whites are very low, which is expected, and she's on antibiotics for 7 days. She'll be going in for a PET scan on Thursday and we'll know more then about the success of the treatments so far ( and the progress of the cancer). Her appetite isn't brilliant but it is improving. More news after Thursday... fingers crossed it all goes well.

Thank you for stopping by today. I haven't been able to do much visiting these past few days. We have family staying over for a few days and ... well, you know how that is! Have a fun day and I'll stop by soon... promise!


Saturday, 16 August 2014

52 {C}CT August Theme Challenge

Yes, my friends, it's Saturday... again! It's becoming a habit now for the girls at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown to put their Christmas makes on display. This week, our spirited hostess Gill Prescott is serving up some "Mistletoe and Wine"... oh so quintessentially festive!

Here's my take on this week's theme. I couldn't get my hands on some mistletoe but there was no shortage of wine ... hic!

The two Chocolate Baroque stamps sets featured in this card are:
Pears and Baubles A4 sheet and Christmas Magic clear stamps.

No patterned papers. Instead, I  embossed some red CS with the
Swiss Dots EF and used that as my background.  The mistletoe,
pear and sentiment are from the Pears & Baubles set. I coloured
the mistletoe with Promarkers (Holly, Pine, Lush Green, Leaf Green).
The sentiment is embossed in white. Pretty much a CAS card. 

I embossed the pear in gold and inked it with TH Peeled Paint.

On the inside, more mistletoe and a sentiment from the
Christmas Magic set, stamped in Memento Rhubarb Stalk.

We're swaggering off to these challenges:

Word Art Wednesday #145: AG Uplifting
Brown Sugar #107: AG
CHNC August Extra: AG Christmas
PINspirational Challenge #120: AG
C.RA.F.T #272: Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges #37: Colour / AG Christmas
Addicted To Stamps #107: Holiday
I Love Promarkers: AG + Promarkers

Now it's your turn to create a festive card based on this week's Theme challenge. In order to be considered for Top Honour and Honourable Mentions, your new card must follow the challenge sketch and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm GMT / 1pm EST on Friday, 22nd August. And here's the most important rule: Have Fun!

For ideas and inspiration, visit the rest of the 52 {C}CT crew:
Mynnette * Ruth * Jacqueline * Louise * Deborah * Patricia * Danielle * Gill * Fabiola

I just had to include a little video of this much loved Christmas song made popular by Sir Cliff Richard, which was released in 1988. This song also happens to be his only #1 hit in the '80s. In case you're wondering, the soloist at the end of the song is 13-year old James Rainbird. Who? He performed the Welsh lullaby "Suo Gân" in Steven Spielberg's "Empire Of The Sun". That's enough trivia for today :-)  

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of the weekend, my friends!


Friday, 15 August 2014

Polkadoodles #33: Fun In The Sun

We're into the second week of PolkaDoodles' Fun In The Sun challenge. If you haven't played yet, you still have another week to link up your summery project. It doesn't have to be about sand and beach balls. You can make anything that reminds you of some of the fun things that you do in the sun - camping, BBQing, picnics, berry-picking etc.

I made a bright and bold card of a flower fairy laden with big blooms. As an added bonus, this card also happens to be quick and easy to make, so you can really go out and have yourself a little fun in the sun. An all-round winner!

For the fun pinwheel background I used papers from the Sugar Birdies CD.
he greeting topper is from Fredericka Mini CD Collection.
To finish some sheer ribbon and plenty of bling.

The adorable flower girl is from Bonbon Belles CD.

On the inside I used some scraps from the Sugar Birdies CD and
another greeting topper is from  Fredericka Mini CD Collection.

This little floral fairy is fluttering off to these challenges:

As You Like It: Favourite 2 Embellishments - Bling & Ribbon: they go with every style and every occasion.
Penny's Paper Crafty #190: AG
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Summer
Wonderful Wednesday: AG
Word Art Wednesday #145: AG Uplifting / Positive
Sailing Pineapple #15: Summer

Now it's over to you, my friends. Create a project based on the theme "Fun In The Sun" and link it up over at Polka Doodles Challenge blog by Noon (GMT) August 22th. The winner will receive a copy of the new Work & Play Collection #6. The identity of the lucky randomly chosen winner will be announced on Friday, August 29th, along with the DT's Top 3 entries. So hurry and get crafting!

Thank you for stopping by today. Have a super fun day with plenty of sun and I'll see you again tomorrow for our regular festive playdate.


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Thistle Calm

Good morning, friends. A quick post with a little crafty inspiration for you.  I'm drawn to strong and opposing colours these days and here you see me dabbling in green and purple. Love this vibrant and vivid combo - so perfect for summer and for these brand new stamps by Chocolate Baroque called Thistle Butterfly and Honeysuckle Butterfly sets.

I blended the background in three shades of green Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage and Moved Lawn. I did not want to over embellish the card, so I'm keeping it fairly CAS - allowing the thistle to soak up the attention. The greeting is from Birthday Words, heat embossed in white.

I fussy cut the butterflies, added some blind and finished it off
with a little sheer bow. 

I used Graph'It and Promarkers to colour.
Thistle: PM Moss, Olive, Pear Green, Violet, Lilac, Lavander
Butterfly: GI 2120, 2140, 2130 

Continuing the theme inside too.

Thank you for stopping by today. Must dash - got a gazillion things to do.... and not many hours left today. Have a productive day, my friends!


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Christmas Card Club #17: Anything But A Card

Hello, friends. Are you enjoying the weekend? It's warm and sunny here... at last. The perfect weather for Christmas projects! LOL. Anywho, it's time for another Christmas Card Club show and tell session. Our hostess is the lovely, the talented Lizze and her theme of choice for the fortnight is "Anything But A Card".

I made a little box to house half a dozen yummy delights. These treats are perfect little gifts for friends and colleagues. I have a few made up to give way to anyone who drops in over the festive season. 

The box measures 3.5"x 2.25" x 1". The image and sentiment are from
WMS Nutcracker Sweet. I coloured it with Graph'It and Promarkers.
To secure the lid I used some green-red-white twine by Doodlebug.

I cut the edges of the lid with a scallop die.  A little peek inside... yummers!
Taking my box of goodies to these challenges:

And here's a list of the rest of the Christmas Card Club girls. They are a super talented bunch, so be prepared for a inspiration overload!

Karen P ... Maureen ... Margaret ... Carol ... Lizzie ... Hazel ... Karen B ... Sue P ... Sylvie ...
Sue J ... Zoë ... Christine ... Mary ... Lorraine ... Rita ... Rachel ... Valery ... GranMargaret ... Kate

Thank you for stopping by today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have fun in the sun!


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