Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Without Strings

Today's card was a bit tricky to photo, especially has I wanted to show off the fact that I had stuck my image on acetate. It was an idea I had and I was pleased how it turned out although I was worried that my sticking fingers (I always seem to have glue somewhere on my fingers) would mark the acetate.
By the time I had attached the image and sorted out the Spellbinder floral oval frame I really couldn't work out how to decorate the card so I kept it simple. Just used the large Spellbinder flourish corner die and a Birthday sentiment and of course my image is Mo Manning called Daisy.
Well thats the large bank holiday and next week it September it all downhill to Christmas now and the weather has decided to turn into an early Autumn. One good thing its Simon Say Stamps Stamptember and I have some new goodies to play with only need the time to do so.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Phone Home

Well its a bank holiday here in the UK, also the reason for my post to be a bit late this morning, no setting the alarm clock on a long weekend.
I've used the Freshly Made Sketch from a few weeks ago but also I saw a card on Pinterest who had cut chervons in the main mat like this although I think theirs were a bit more discreet.
The card is still growing on me but I think it would work for a chaps card and especially as embellishments are harder for those sort of cards too.
The little chap is a digi from Funky Kits, I think most of love the artist already.
I've been having a go at the Project Life type of scrapbooking, I thought I would make my own cards with a combination, stamping, die cutting and using the scrapbooking patterned papers. Whilst I'm pleased how some of it turned out to be honest it took so long, that towards the end of the fourth page I rushed a bit. I've learned  a few things like used ready made cards that will speed things up and maybe add a few diecuts, I still don't like flat embellishments and yes it does use a few more photos. Will I do it again properly but only when I need to not because I love it!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Finally some scrapbooking pages and I'm behind with my layout a week, I think I worked it out week 34 and the last time I posted was at wk 28.
So heres no. 29 and the last of photo session of my niece and hubby before they had their son. I was rather hoping to finish off some patterned papers but ended using none. It also caused a heated discussion because before I put the blue mats on I was being discouraged to do anything but the butterflies and sentiment. But the blue mats help to bring the eye to the photos.
Here's a couple of layouts that I didn't want to show up on FB which at the moment doesn't matter since Networkedblogs are sometimes not posting a picture.

So this fab picture of some of nephews and niece is week 30.

Here is a double layout for week 32, some really old papers used here.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Wine Not

Yes Christmas is definitely on my mind when colouring and making cards. The 1st December is my deadline, earlier if possible. So this card is helping my quota and its using the Sunday Sketch and Stamp sketch or at least that was the sketch that inspired this card.
The Merry Christmas is a border die from Memory Box, they've made a swirly one for this year but this one will do me fine. I used a Spellbinder die for the large scallops and I cut them again in red to give a bit of a border it doesn't fit perfectly but its enough for to think it look OK.
Of course my little critters are from Penny Black called To a Full Stocking and the addition sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps Cocktail Hour.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Snow Falling

A bit of a treat today with two cards but basically they're clean and simple and using the same technique. Which is using the Simon Say Stamps Snow Falling stencil with embossing paste. The first one with a LOTV image and since its a bear with a penquin therefore animals for the Less is More challenge. I used the paste over the the first layer and then layered the two after it was dry. If I wasn't layering I was used pads to lift the mat to give dimension but I thinking of posting so at the moment this just fits for normal post.

The second one is again using the Snow Falling stencil from Simon Says Stamps but this time I used the sketch on Freshly Made Sketches.  I used the Merry die from Simon Says Stamps it also has Christmas with it too but I didn't use that but the waste from the Merry Christmas Border from Memory Box, this sentiment replaced the border at the bottom of the sketch. The Snowflakes are both from Simon Says Stamps and finished with a gem. I was quite please how this one turned out.
Ok running late this morning, forgot to set the alarm clock and I have to be ready for my daughter to drop me off swimming before she goes to work.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blog Hop

It time for a Blog Hop and this time its Heidy turn for a theme and she chosen to use two images or more. Recently I have used  the few I have merged so I decided to use the one I merged last year for Christmas.
The first is the Winter's Door and I merged it with Victoria Caroling. I coloured Victoria with colours to match the first patterned paper mat then promptly hid all of it.
I've used Memory Box border die and the sentiment is some new ones from LOTV. My snow is Glossy Accents with glamour dust but this seems to upset the camera and Victoria's face is bit wishy washy which is so not true in real life.
This is the link to the You tube tutorial that I use to merge my images, I've done it a few times now but I still forget the running ants!
So to the HOP you should have arrived from Julie and I'm afraid I'm the end of the hop, sad I know.
Hope you comment along the way cos there's a couple of vouchers to spend in Mo's shop to win.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to school


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Summer Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
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This week the challenge is ,,,,,,,,


For some the holidays are already over and this is just the time to make encouragement cards to pop in to lunch boxes, notebooks, school calendars etc. Or you could personalize a shop bought item. We're looking forward to seeing your creations.
We are showcasing MY FAVORITE THINGS products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

Oh dear its nearly time for the little uns to go back to school and no doubt school uniform shopping is on the agenda and the dreaded shoes buying and once they're back in school it will downhill all the way to Christmas and another year over. Gosh that sounds so depressing.
So something a bit cheery,  my card and although I haven't used a Back to School sentiment decided that I'll turn it into a Birthday Card and used Paper Smooches Birthday words die. A tip when cutting it out,  add some double sided tape on the back of the card before cutting out and use the left over cut out to use has a guide to stick the letters on your card.
I also decided on a Pure Innocence stamp I Wheelie like you, I thought this one with her bike would work for Back to School. I paper pieced her clothes using the Authentique Radiant pack that I used for the rest of the card.
The paper clips and the clipboard top are all from MFT Office Supplies die set originally brought for scrapbooking but worked out really well for this card. I've also discovered how to use the clipboard parts and if I had my sensible head on I would have worked it out without finding out and  thinking duh.
Just added some enamel dots  these ones are from Doodblebug.

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