Sunday, 22 April 2012

A set of ATCs

For the ATC swap for April on Bubbly Funk forum, Ali gave us this sketch to use:


which I turned round to the left.

I used some snippets of yellow paper, stamping with a Kanban background stamp - I used memento rich cocoa but didn't want the image to be too prominent, so I blotted it lightly first on some spare paper. I then used three little stamps from a set that I won a long time ago from Woodware USA, using some Poundland buttons in the centres. I generated the names of the recipients with my dymo letratag and added the light lemon bows and the paper clips before backing on to snippets of brown card.


I'm linking these for the following challenges:

Creative Mondays (always crafting) 6: yellow and sunshine
Crafty creations 166: yellow and your choice colour (brown)
Fun with ATCs 59: metal (paper clips)
Cute card Thursday 213: metallica
Craft your days away 43: metal
Totally papercrafts 113: all buttoned up
CES 82: button it
Freshly brewed 90: tie it up
For fun: I bet you make other wonderful things
Craft room: ink it
Crafting for all seasons 25: anything but a card
Divas by design 31: anything but a card
Penny's 77: anything but a card
I brake for challenges: I brake for anything but
Pixie's crafty snippets 17
Victorine 32: anything goes
One stitch at a time 110: anything goes
Shelly's terrifically thrilling Thursday: show us what you got
Wags n whiskers 77: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 55
52 card pickup 16

Easter inchies

The theme for the inchies swap this month on the Bubbly Funk forum is 'Easter'.

I stamped on to some yellow and white checked paper (used up snippets) using the birds nest stamp from this Inkadinkado birds inchies stamp set:


I then coloured the hearts, nest and eggs with copics.


I'm linking these for the following challenges:

Hooked on craft 19: Easter
Card caravan (the hybrid chick) 17: spring
Stampavie and more 166: spring
Clearlyistamp 50: spring
Stamp and create April: spring
Sentimental Sundays 99: celebrating earth day
For fun: I bet you make other wonderful things
Crafting for all seasons 25: anything but a card
Divas by design 31: anything but a card
Penny's 77: anything but a card
I brake for challenges: I brake for anything but
Pixie's crafty snippets 17
Victorine 32: anything goes
One stitch at a time 110: anything goes
Shelly's terrifically thrilling Thursday: show us what you got
Wags n whiskers 77: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 55
52 card pickup 16


Suzie's 365 photos day 113: symbolic

When I saw Suzie's post this morning, I wondered what to do for day 113: symbolic, but it didn't take long before I thought of my wedding ring. And then it got me thinking that not just my wedding ring, but the other rings I wear are symbolic too. On my wedding ring finger of course is my engagement ring and between that and my wedding ring is the eternity ring that John bought me quite some years ago now.

John bought me the serpent ring years ago. I remember someone commenting that it was strange to see me as a Christian wearing a serpent ring because it's a symbol of evil (it was the serpent who tempted Eve, with the resultant sinning of Adam and Eve) - but I figure that it's good to wear it because it reminds me that I'm a sinner saved by grace as a Christian.

So I was just about to take a photo of my left hand when I realised that the rings on my other hand are also symbolic of certain times in my life, the Russian wedding ring with it's three different golds and also the lovely twisted band that John bought me last year for our 20th wedding anniversary.

So in the end I used the timer on the camera to take a picture of both hands - I managed to get this shot with the first attempt, just by putting the camera on the window sill. I made it a close up because my nails aren't in that presentable a state atm, but all the wrinkles on my hands definitely show my ages (just as much as the ones on my face!).


Having gone back into Suzie's blog to get the link I see that Janice got there first with the wedding ring as symbolic - great minds think alike!

A pack of cards

It's time for a time for another challenge for the Christmas Card Club and it was the lovely Clare's turn to choose the topic. She asked us to make 'anything but a card' and added ....

 "I do not want you to make "a" card. You can make a set of cards ie, a gift box of cards, a pack of Christmas cards (like say 4). Or you can completely go different and make something other than a card. Some idea's are a gift tag/s, gift bag or box, scrapbook page, Christmas decoration, Christmas gift which is handmade..........anything you desire as long as it's Christmas."

So I've made a set of five cards because I make packs like this to sell for Tearfund when it gets nearer to Christmas.

I've used different pieces of offcuts of papers that I've had for a few years now - by using three different papers on each card I managed to find enough offcuts to use on all five cards. I've added some sparkly trees that I got in a candy win from Handy Hippo and the Father Christmases and the holly are remains of a kit I bought a long time ago.


I'm also linking this or the following challenges:

Moving along with the times 144: merry Christmas
Pixie dust studio 123: texting! - to use text in some way
Emergency crafters: plain and simple
Siimply create too 11: earth day or arbour day (trees)
Do you stack up 68: stripes
Pixie's crafty snippets 17
Shelly's terrifically thrilling Thursday: show us what you got
Wags n whiskers 77: anything goes
Make it Monday 85
Inspire me Fridays 55