Monday 31 August 2009

Black, white and purple

This card is for challenge 12 on Kaboodle: 'to use black, white and purple'; it's also for challenge 16 on Kitchen Sink Crew challenge: 'to decorate corners'.

The base card is a textured black; the purple is satin foil card (looks far better irl than on here); the black feather is one that's been in my stash for ages and the image was one acquired in a set a long while ago. I cut the corners with decorative scissors and added a few gems.

This morning's crafting

I've spent quite a time this morning thinking what to do rather than getting on and doing it!!

But I have produced one card - this is for a few challenges:

Cute Daisy May
'thank you' - using a CDM download
The Color Dare 31

Sketch and Stash 18 - I used a new download, a brown linen card blank, some neglected big blue gems, as well as BG Cupcake and Archaic papers, brads and blooms

Paperminutes: 'blue/brown'
Wacky Wednesday 26: 'bling'
Whimsy Stamps 16: 'touch of sparkle'

I'm also linking for day 146 on 365 cards: Mirror me - Create symmetry on your card. The only thing that does not have to be symmetrical is the sentiment.

Sunday 30 August 2009

Black, white and red Noel

Day 136 on 365 cards asked 'what is black, white and red all over?'

Challenge CBCC101 on CBC is 'the word is the star', so I'm linking for that and also for Lots to do challenge 25 'words'.

The base card is a sparkly black (darker than it looks on this photo). The background is vellum from a Making Cards magazine and the Noel is from my recent QVC TSV. Although it looks a bit pink here, it is really red irl and the Noel is decoupaged, which doesn't show up here:

And another two sets of five done!

Very simple cards to add to stock and they both qualify for day 153 on 365 cards: tag you're it!

Background paper is from PM A wonderful Christmas time:

That means I've now made nine packs of 5 Christmas cards and a few individual square ones - at least I've now made a bit of a start.

Creative Inspirations: stitching

Another quick lot of five cards, using a DCWV base card and one or two other bits, including the stitched ribbon, which qualifies for Creative Inspiration challenge 15:

White space: pile it on

I decided to do the current Pile it on challenge 12 'good things come in threes!' and combine it with a couple of other challenges. I deliberately used some scallops because I knew there was a challenge that was asking for them, but when I'd finished the cards I realised that it should have included stamping, so I'll have to forget that one.

It does, however, qualify for 365 cards day 181 'white space'.

The base card has a rose tint to it and also a bit of a gold shimmer. The papers I've used were from last year's Christmas stash (not sure what they are). The 'threes', of course, are the pink flowery gems.

I made five of these, so that's another pack ready.


The way the card is standing for the photo, you can't see that there is a further bit of white space that shows from the bottom of the inside:

Dottie's World: Holiday!

It's ages since I took part in a Dottie's World challenge. Having decided to try and make a few Christmas cards, I discovered that today's challenge is 'holiday!', so I bought one of their Dottie and George Christmas Download from Charmed Cards and crafts and used the 'Santa on his sleigh' image on a background that I'd downloaded from the internet and just added the couple of Dottie's sentiments - a quick card, relying on the download, photo editing and my printer.

I'm linking this also for day 124 on 365 cards: DIY computer generated.

Saturday 29 August 2009

Christmas black, white and hot pink

This card is very similar to the last one, except this time it has a hot pink base card and the ribbon has stitching through it.

Irl the baubles are much more glittery.

The current challenge on Caardvarks is 'black, white and hot pink' and challenge 15 on Creative Inspirations is 'stitching'. This is also another one for Allsorts week 16.

Black and white Christmas

So that I can make enough Christmas cards reasonably quickly ready for the WEF sale, I bought the QVC TSV this week. However, I'd rather use the elements mixing and matching with things I've already got rather than as suggested by the kit.

This card is for challenge 35 on Ooh la la 'sparkly black and white Christmas' and also for Allsorts week 16, for which the challenge is to use anything but stamped images.

I've used an embossed base card and some silver ribbon with the baubles and greeting - a simple, but quite striking, card:

P.S. Naomi (Sugar Brown) has suggested that I enter this card for her challenge on CBC to show a Christmas card made using just two colours.

Bubblyfunk August swaps

As you know, I haven't managed much crafting for the last couple of months or so, but I did manage to take part in the BF August swaps.

And what a gorgeous lot of crafting I received back from the girls on BF.

The theme for August ATCs was 'beach':

and the theme for inchies was 'bling':

Arem't they all lovely?

Here's that Santa again!

I love my vintage Santa stamp so much I've used it again on another set of five cards, this time stamping with black on slightly patterned red paper.

I used the sketch for sketch 22 from Papertake Weekly:

This card is also for day 161 on 365 cards, where the challenge was 'don't leave a blank space on your card.'

The background paper is PM A wonderful Christmas time.

I don't usually use peel offs, but still have some Christmas greetings ones from ages and ages ago and want to use them up, especially as these cards will be sold in packs of 5 at a cheap price for charity.

Thursday 27 August 2009

I've won a crafty spend!!

A few days ago I showed some Christmas cards I'd made and I linked for the 'Christmas in August' Simon Says challenge.

My number was picked at random
, so I have won a prize - 25$ to spend in the Simon Says online shop - there's such a wide selection of goodies, I'm spoilt for choice!!

A little more crafting

I decided to try to make some more Christmas cards, so I've made five of this one.

I used the sketch on this week's Cutie Sunday challenge:

I used to regularly do the challenges on 365 cards, but haven't been able to for the last couple of months, but I noticed that todays (day 180) is 'Going vintage', so I've used one of my favourite Santa stamps.

Naomi (Sugar Brown) is hosting a challenge on CBC to show a Christmas card made using just two colours, so I'm going to enter this card as it uses only gold and black.

Monday 24 August 2009

My birthday cards

I've at last scanned all of the beautiful birthday cards I received to show in this slideshow.

Thank you, everybody.

Sunday 23 August 2009

A simple start for Christmas

Yesterday I made a start with Christmas cards. Usually I've done loads by now, in preparation for selling to raise money for Tearfund. It's not going to be possible for me to have the usual Septemer 'at home', but I'm hoping to be able to have some cards to sell at our church's WEF Christmas Fair.

I received some papers, stickers, ribbons etc from a dear crafting friend for my birthday - pink, black and white colour combo. I knew I'd seen the papers somewhere before and then realised that they coordinated with a set of 12 x 12 DCWV paper and embellishments that I bought last year. So I used strips of one of the new papers on the first set of cards shown here.

The theme for 15 August on Our Creative Corner is 'Christmas in August', which is also the theme for challenge 58 on Dutch Dare, also on this week's challenge on Simon Says and also on Creative Card Crew challenge 24. (Gosh, this seems weird linking for challenges - it's so long since I've done any!)

I've made five of each of these cards - very simple, because the base cards were already printed with the designs, so I've just added ribbons and other bits:

Any crookedness is down to the scans, not the cards themselves!

Thursday 20 August 2009

My birthday

Thank you for all the good wishes for my birthay on here, facebook and craft forums.

John wasn't able to get me a present, but, with a little bit of help from me ordering for him on the internet, I received some lovely dark choccie bars from Hotel Chocolat:

and some beautiful flowers:

I've had some lovely presents, including some money and voucher, so I'll look forward to having a spending spree.

I received lots of cards and will show them on here, but probably won't get round to doing so for a day or two.

Mum came over to see us this afternoon - it was lovely to spend some time with her.

As we can't go out, we have ordered pizzas to be delivered and a bottle of white wine is chilling in the fridge (that will replace my painkillers for this evening!).

Salt: Purpose

It was Ruth's turn to choose the topic for today's Salt challenge - you can read what she wrote about Purpose here.

When Ruth introduced the topic to the team, she referred to the verse from Jeremiah 29:11, which is a favourite of many of us on Salt.

I decided to make a card this time, rather than a LO. I used papers, embellishments etc from the box of PM a touch of teal and added some Sakura metallic pens to the cut out flowers.

I don't usually repeat something from the past, but remember that when Esther set a challenge 'Believe' way back in March last year, she quoted this verse from Jeremiah and this is the LO I did then:

You can read what I wrote about it here.

Wednesday 19 August 2009

Look what came this morning ...

... two boxes delivered, with beautiful flowers for my birthday tomorrow.

These are from my auntie Madge:

And these are from one of my nieces and her family:

I've received lots of cards over the past few days (and an intriguing package too), but I've been very good and haven't opened any.

Just a little crafting

Definitely 'a little crafting' because these are my 'bling' inchies for the August swap on BF.

You can't see properly on here, but the background is from a DCWV paisley paper which is thermographically glittered with the edges dipped in PVA and glitter. The silvery band was part of a BF Christmas matchbook swap and the flower are PM.

We're just waiting now for the ambulance to take us up to Guy's again for renal and foot appointments for John.

Monday 17 August 2009

BF August ATCs

I've been working on these ATCs on and off for the past week, grabbing a little time here and there.

The theme for the August ATC swap on BF is 'beach'. I used two rubbadubbadoo stamps, masking one behind the other and coloured with copics, with just a few squiggles of Sakura pen on the sand:

John is now home from hospital again - going up to Guy's again today for an appointment. Thanks for all the comments and concern.

Friday 14 August 2009

BF Beth's CJ

I thought that with John coming home I'd be able to catch up with a bit of crafting, but it wasn't to be. Unfortunately, early on Saturday morning, while walking with his zimmer frame, John lost his balance and fell - he didn't hurt himself, but he couldn't get himself up and I couldn't either. So I had to call an ambulance and he's been in the local hospital since then - might be coming out later today, depending on blood results (to do with kidneys working poorly again).

Anyway, this is a crafting blog, so enough of that and on with the crafting - although there's been little of that here for some weeks now. My blog used to show regular crafting, but that has had to go by the board.

I needed to get my DLO done in Beth's lovely CJ 'Tranquil moments' so here is what I've managed to put together (a small confession that some of this was cannibalised from a LO I did a couple of years ago).

The 'does the song of the Sea end ...' and the waves and sun section are acetate, part of a sea collection I bought a long while ago (and am sorry that most of it is used up now, because I love it). The right hand background paper is from 'British beach', but I can't remember what the left hand one is. The picture beneath the 'does the song of the Sea end ...' is from a BA brochure.

This week's challenge 47 on Rosiedee is 'beach' so I'm being cheeky and linking there (no chance of doing any other challenges atm)

Friday 7 August 2009

Salt: Imperfection

I'm a day late posting my contribution for the new challenge on Salt - the topic was chosen by Pauline and you can read what she wrote here.

When I considered the story of Jonah and the topic of 'imperfection' I thought of the lovely song by Marilyn Baker 'Jesus, you are changing me ...' (you can read the words of the song if you click on the photo) and the verse from Isaiah 64:8 'O Lord you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.'

When a potter works with clay he has to get rid of the imperfections, otherwise the finished product won't be usable. God the Father is at work with us, moulding our lives to rid us of our imperfections - He still has a lot of work to do on me because I know only too well that I am far from being perfect. But I am nevertheless encouraged that I am like the clay in the potter's hands and my Father is gradually making me into the person he wants me to be. The trouble is that my 'own way' can hinder this process because of all my imperfections.

Papers used for my LO are Dreamstreet 'simply stated' - 'grapevine gossip', 'elegant expressions' and 'straight talk'; also My Mind's Eye Andrea Victoria 'petals'.

John is now home from hospital - thanks for all the good wishes. He has very limited mobility, but we are managing.

Monday 3 August 2009

Yay! I made a card!

Yesterday a friend asked me if I happened to have a card in stock suitable for her husband's birthday, featuring tennis. I didn't, but I said I would make one for her, so I made this last night.

Crafting has been low on my agenda for the past few weeks so it was good to have a request that spurred me into action.

John's been in hospital now for six weeks. He's been making progress and is becoming more mobile, so it's hoped that he'll be coming home at the end of this week. He's going to need lots of support and regular hospital visits, but he's certainly better than he was a few weeks ago.