Tuesday 27 September 2011

Missing: Party Invite!


Happy Tuesday! (It's pretty late over here but it's still Tuesday!) hope you all had a super duper weekend! Ours was pretty fabulous filled with some fun memories to treasure from a fantastic wedding we attended down in Devon (yup - that's one fun road-trip to endure from Sheffield! Good job I can read whilst travelling and can even read a map when needed after taking the wrong turn on the motorway *wink*)

After such fun, I'm now playing catch-up on all the things I normally do at the weekend including catching up in Blogland and also finding time for an inky session. But seeing as we're already on Tuesday (nearly Wednesday!) I figured I could cheat a li'l and share a project with you that you'll find in the August 2011 issue of CARDS:

***Click picture for a larger version where you can read the text***

This project was yet another naughty li'l one that decided to dictate its own destination once it was in the post - I wonder if some random, confused stranger ended up with the original party invite - ha!

The actual project photographed is another one I had to create during the chaos of moving house. I actually started to debate whether it was worth the effort of rooting through all those boxes again trying to find my supplies and working on the world's smallest workspace to create it again followed by sitting with everything crossed that it would not only reach it's correct destination, but would reach it on an extremely tight deadline when posting from the other side of the pond...

....but, now I see it in print it was definitely worth the effort :) Thanks so much to CARDS magazine for not only publishing my work but for being super understanding when yet another one of my projects was naughty in the post!

That's all from me for now - this gal's got a lot of catching up to do and not only on Google Reader but in her crafting corner studio too :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Catch ya later!

Invite Deets
{it's my party!}
Stamps: Damask Designs, Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)/Sentiment from Frame-It (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink)/Versamark/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Provocraft)/Raspberry Fizz Grosgrain Ribbon, Tag Sale #1 Die, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Collection Dies, Medium Scallop Border Die(Papertrey Ink)

Tuesday 20 September 2011

There's two sides to every impression plate...


Happy Tuesday! Hope you all had a fabby weekend - it went way too fast for me but I did have a good ol' clean and organise of my crafty space finally! Honestly, it was beyond shameful the state I'd let that room get into *blush*

After I'd finally tidied my crafting corner studio up, I then proceeded to mess it all up again to have a card to share with you today :)

I hope you're prepared to see somethin' a li'l different....

...it's still a card...

...but with a difference...

...read my lips (or my typed words in this case!):

"I used the other side of my linen and canvas impression plate...intentionally!!!"

Recovered from the shock yet?

Seems like I felt the plaid side of my plate was feelin' unloved and deserved some attention for our new challenge on A Passion for Papertrey! Our new challenge is to include a tag on your card: I opted for a tiny tag (it's still a tag, right?!) for a pretty CAS birthday card. I had my nephew in mind for this card; he turns 12 soon so I'm hoping the whole "HB 2 U" sentiment still makes me cool in his books *wink*

If you're wondering how I got the decorative edge to my vertical strip of white card, I simply threaded a nestie through it and ran it through my new Spellbinders Grand Calibur (can I just say that I think it's love at first cut with this baby!)

So c'mon and join the fun! The fortnight runs until Oct 3rd and you need only use on PTI product on your card to qualify!

OK, tea is on the table so I'm gonna dash and gobble!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Catch ya later!

Card Recipe
{For You, Party, HB 2 U}
Stamps: Tiny Tags, Birthday Bash Sentiments
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Bakers' Twine, Linen and Canvas Impression Plate, Tiny Tags Die (Papertrey Ink)/Spellbinders Grand Calibur/Nestabilities

Tuesday 13 September 2011

Hip to be square...


Happy Tuesday! I'm back into the swing of things at work now; it feels like I've never been away (but not in a bad way as I'm fortunate enough to work alongside some fabby and very funny colleagues!)

I'm posting today to show that square doesn't have to be geeky...(though I admit that I'm a fan of geek chic!)...but square can be elegant and understated as well as a graphic and cool with my approach to The Square Sketch Challenge over on Moxie Fab World.

Here's the sketch:Here's my first take:

With sympathy

You just never know when you may need a sympathy card so I like to whip 'em out when I don't need to make 'em as I always feel too much pressure if I have to make one on demand (fingers crossed that it'll be a long time until I need one) Twine didn't suit the style of the card so I decorated my button with bling instead.

My final take involves a spot of doodling :)

In my heart...

I'm on a bit of a fix with merging sentiments with images - I like they way they can inter-lock and let the design flow nicely. Speaking of which, this card continues on the inside too:

In my heart...forever

It's rare that I take the time to decorate inside a card too - I really should take the time to do it more but once I finish the front of a card, my mind is already wandering to the next project I have!

That's all from me today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{With Sympathy}
Stamps: Dainty Doilies 2 Small (Waltzingmouse Stamps)/Round and Round (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White (Papertrey ink)/Grey (Craft Supply)
Ink: London Fog (Memento)/Versamark
Accessories: Papertrey Ink (Button, Canvas and Linen Impression Plate)/Zva (Bling)/Cuttlebug

{In my heart...}
Stamps: Wonderful Word Additions (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: True Black, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Basic White 6x6 Collection (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Promarker (Red)/Papertrey Ink (Wonderful Words Die)/Cuttlebug

Saturday 10 September 2011

Bamboo Thank You...


Hooray for the weekend! Finally finding a few spare moments to catch up with myself!

I'm still managing to squeeze in some inky time during the weekends (not so much the work nights yet but I'll get there!) so here's a card for ya:

Thank You

This card is for our new challenge on the Passion for Papertrey blog. We want you to be inspired by a member of the Papertrey Ink DT creation and get inky! I was inspired by the following card by Lisa Johnson:

I'm pretty sure you know why I picked this card. The green definitely spoke out to me :)

We really hope you can play along with us this fortnight!

Right I'm dashing off again. The start of the term is always super busy and if I get myself organised this weekend, it should make my week slightly less busy (Being organised is not my kinda thing, but hey, it's worth a shot, if it gives me more hours in the working week right?!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{Thank you for your kindness}
All Papertrey Ink Supplies Unless Stated
Stamps: Peaceful Garden, Iconic Images (Sentiment)
Ink: Versamark/Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Ripe Avocado, Fine Linen
Accessories: Dark Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon, Wooden Buttons, Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)

Sunday 4 September 2011

Ending the holidays with a Play Date...


Well today marks the last day of my sweet summer holidays :( I find it kinda bittersweet - I enjoy the idea of meeting up again with the fabby team I work with, but these six weeks have been a blast: I've never squeezed in so much inky time before and I just know that my stamps are calling me to stay! If they had eyes, they'd be big puppy dog eyes that I couldn't resist....

But let's not get all down in the dumps. I'll still have time to get inked up during term time but I'll just have to be more organised with my time - ha!

The end of the summer hols here signal not only heading back to school, but the wedding anniversaries of mine and my guy's parents. Hard to believe that my folks have been married for over 40 years!

So two anniversary cards needed whipping up and I decided to make two identical cards. Not something I'd normally do, but it saved on time and I'll confess that I really loved how quickly this design came together from simply looking at the current Play Date Cafe Challenge:

Well this colour combo just screamed out to be used for a CAS anniversary card!

Anniversary Wishes

Super CAS and I'm unashamed to admit that it makes my own heart skip a little beat y'know :)

I decided on layering the heart on top of the sentiment seeing as I wanted a portrait orientation to the card. It's easy to do: simply stamp your sentiment first, layer a piece of acetate over it, place the heart where you plan to adhere it and stamp the sentiment again (the joy of clear stamps means you can see exactly where to stamp for this!) Notice that I got my impression plate the right way around for this card *wink*

And seeing as I've made this card - it seems to fit nicely into the current CAS-ual Fridays challenge.
The book that could inspire a card like this for me would have to be Romeo and Juliet. Yes, I know it's a play but we read it as a book at school :) Love totally dictates the actions of the main characters and love commands all the attention on my CAS card with that heart *wink*

Right so that's the anniversaries catered for - I now need to go pack my school bag for tomorrow (I swear I took this career path because it meant I never had to feel like I'd grown up! Do you remember having to pack your school bag the dreaded Sunday night before Monday?) . Here's hoping that I'm eased back into the routine gently with no students present tomorrow; the real fun starts when the whole school returns on Wednesday *grin*

Thank so much for stopping by and visiting me!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{Anniversary Wishes}
Stamps: Frame It (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Concentric Hearts Die (Provocraft)/Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Bling (Zva)

Thursday 1 September 2011

Giveaway Winner!

***Scroll down for my CASE study post today - thanks!***


Ok so it's time to draw a winner for the My Memories Suite software.....

.....drumroll, please.......


Number 12 means that Lucy is the winner of the free software! Congrats Lucy! Please email me and I'll get you sorted with a free version of the Making Memories Suite and you can have some digi fun :)

Thank you to everyone who entered! Remember - they'll always be the $10 off coupon for the software including a $10 store credit for the My Memories Store so if you still fancy having a go at playing with the digi software be sure to get the discount here!

Catch ya later!


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