Monday 29 November 2010

'tis the Season!


My oh my does it feel like winter! We've had a good dollop of snow over the weekend which was sooooooo pretty but soooooooo scary to drive in! We're now facing lots of ice so it's definitely time for the mittens to make a more permanent appearance :)

Today we've got a new challenge over on our PTI blog and we've kept it simple. We understand how busy everyone gets around this time of year so all we wanna see is a Christmas themed project that uses at least one PTI product. Here's my example:

tis the season

Recognise the layout? Yup, I CASEd myself for this one but I was also totally inspired by the Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World:This led to me smothering that snowflake with glimmer mist and stamping text all over it! Though you can't see all the pretty shimmer so you're gonna have to trust me on that one! Love the shimmer :)

So I think this maybe the design of my Christmas card this season....though damn the postage costs with those bows LOL!

Wishing you all a fabulous week - stay warm and safe! We've all got our fingers crossed for a snow day tomorrow...

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{'Tis The Season}
Stamps: Holiday Signature Greetings, Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Fresh Snow,Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)/Versamark
Accessories: Glimmer Mist/Cuttlebug/Snowflake Die (Provocraft)/Nestabilities/Fine Linen Grosgrain Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)/Bling (Zva)/Promarker (To colour my clear bling!)/Chompy (Corner Chomper)

Sunday 21 November 2010

A Very Happy (and bright) Birthday!


Just poppin' by quickly on this rainy Sunday to help brighten it a little with a little card :)

Retro Happy Birthday

I've no idea what is possessing me to play with such bold, bright colours but I kinda likey! *Shhh! Don't let my neutral, muted cardstock and inks know about this....this is purely between us, OK?! LOL!*

Now it wasn't half as much of a pain to line up that background as you think thanks to the wonders of clear stamps. And just to show you that it does line up with the background (almost!) here's a head-on shot:

This card was made for the host of the fab birthday party we attended last Saturday. I eventually decided on dressing up as Daphne Blake from Scooby Doo (it's easy when you've got the red hair to start with!) I haven't got a pic to share yet, but trust me when I say my costume wasn't a patch on the space invader costume that I was in total awe of!

Happy days...well best be off now to prepare for the working week! Only four more to go before we break up for Christmas - can you believe it?! Not that I'm counting down or anything *wink*

Catch ya later!

Card Deets

{Happy Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Vintage Buttons (Papertrey Ink)/Chompy (Corner Chomper)/Cuttlebug/Nestabilities

Monday 15 November 2010

Scrappy Power!


Monday already - where did the weekend fly by to?!

Hope your week is off to a good start...I'm kicking mine off with a new challenge on our PTI blog. We're challenging you to turn your scraps into works of art! C'mon, 'fess up, we all hoard our scraps don't we?! I know I do anyways and in particular I hoard my tiny pieces of ribbon that I snip after tying a bow...anyone else save these scraps too?

So what to do with them....hmmmm.....well if you've checked out the new release over at Papertrey Ink, you'll have noticed those gorgeous banners. I'm totally smitten with them; especially the smaller versions to embellish cards with. So I tried to make my own banner by folding scraps of ribbon around twine:

I'm pretty happy with the result and just think, this could be used with any ribbon scraps so the colour combinations and patterns are endless!!!

We'd love it if you too could root through your scraps and play along with us. You only need to use one PTI product to qualify for entry and one lucky European player could be in with a chance of winning a Fillable Frames #4 stamp set! So I challenge you to use those scraps you've been saving - it'll totally justify any future scraps you hoard *wink*

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{It's a Celebration}
Stamps: Fancy Flourishes, Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Antique Linen (Distress Ink)/Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Fine Linen (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Library Ledger Collection (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon Scraps, Jute Ribbon Twine

Sunday 14 November 2010



Did I scare ya? I always think a delayed 'spook' is way more effective than when you expect to be spooked...well that's my excuse for a major delay on sharing the treats I made for my nieces and nephews for Halloween anyways *wink* I've finally found a weekend where I can catch up with things so I'm making the most of it!

Due to restricted time, and the fact that I have seven nieces and nephews to cater for, I decided to whip out a few of these treat boxes courtesy of the fabulous PTI Favor it Box 1 Die. Combine this with Halloween themed colours and a seriously cute Halloween stamp set and Voila! Halloween treats - done!

Halloween Treat Boxes

Now the only issue with the treats I had to put in the boxes (chocolate eyeballs, spiders and pumpkins of course!) was not only resisting the temptation to scoff 'em, but getting them to stay in the boxes! They kept rolling out and across my table! So I had a rethink after taking that first pic, and decided to wrap the treats up and finish them off with some ribbon (bows for the gals, knots for the boys *grin*)

Halloween Treat Boxes
*Pssst: Ignore my button jars used as props! If you're wondering, they're from IKEA and hold a bag of PTI buttons perfectly!*

It's amazing the difference a bit of clear cellophane and ribbon can make to a gift!

Halloween Treat Boxes

Needless to say, I'm sure these treats have been scoffed and are long gone now! Though I did have some left over and they're sitting here with the rest of my crafting supplies - for inspiration of course! *wink*

Catch ya later!

Box Deets

{Trick or Treat?}
Stamps: Tiny Treats: Halloween (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: True Black, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Bitty Star Basics, Bitty Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Favor It Box 1 Die (Papertrey Ink)/Nestabilities/Promarkers/Ribbons (Papertrey Ink)/Cellophane Bags

Sunday 7 November 2010

How much do I love thee? Let me count the buttons...


What a glorious Sunny Sunday in Sheffield it is today - this is the kinda autumn that I love! Hope you've all had a super weekend so far...(it's not quite over yet so let's make the most of it!)

Excuse my twist on the famous Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem for my title today, but I just couldn't resist! Y'see if you look at the card I'm sharing with y'all today, I think you'll understand why:

Live Laugh Love

Get it now?! Yup, who else could I use so many precious green buttons on one card for but my gorgeous guy! I've had this card waiting ever-so patiently to be share with y'all for nearly a month; but due to life taking a turn towards the chaotic it's had to wait until now! It was made for our 10 year anniversary. Yup, 10 years ago on Oct 14th we decided that life would be much more fun spent together and it couldn't be more true!

Although it's a kinda CAS card it still took some thinking out so if you fancy trying this yourself then here's a few design tips:
  • There's method to the madness with placing those gorgeous green buttons. Chris' fave colour is green (just one of the many things we have in common) but in particular his fave shade is British Racing Green so check out the singular button in that shade at the centre of the heart to not only help to provide a focal point for your eyes to follow, but to represent where he is in my own heart (altogether now - "Awwwwww!")
  • I didn't feel pressured to use a 'happy anniversary' sentiment on his card. I think these three words sum up our fabulous 10 years together so far perfectly! I don't always feel bound to use what would always be the usual sentiment for an occasion!
  • For that li'l extra detail, and to balance the card I stamped a text background using Versamark. Without this, the card looked far too plain around the outside, and over-the-top busy in the centre (it hurt my eyes LOL!)
  • Last but not least, if you can find a guy that doesn't have the same favourite colour as you, then it reduces your anxiety levels loads when using so many buttons up in his fave colour *wink*!
I'm off to re-stock on green buttons....

Catch ya later!

Card Deets

{Live laugh Love}
Stamps: Text Style, Round and Round (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)/Versamark
Cardstock: Fresh Linen, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Mixed Green Vintage Buttons (Papertrey Ink)/Cuttlebug/Concentric Hearts Die


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