Wednesday, 25 August 2010

From our home to yours

This is for OCC sketch 29:

This is a very simple card, using one of the lovely toppers from the recent QVC kit. The base card is either stardream or majestic - it's a bit glittery and looks a bit different as the light shines on it. Irl the bow matches better with the embossed strip across the bottom (scans do strange things to colours sometimes).

It's also for:

Creative cottage 21: 'Christmas'
Crafty Ann 21: 'Christmas in August'
Sew many challenges 21: 'Christmas in August'
Creative inspirations 41: 'Christmas in August'
Sundays with Crissy 8: 'your favourite time of year'
Paper cutz 55: 'anything goes'
Wild orchid 4: 'make it sparkle'
Creative card crew: 'sparkle and shine'
Christmas cards all year round: 'snowflakes'
Annabelle: 'say it with a bow'

I've just realised that this is the only Christmas card I've made today - it made a change to make other cards instead!

I love getting dotty

This is for sketch 24 on Sketch & Stash, using my 'neglected' BG blush papers - I haven't used any of these for some time:

I have to confess that the middle part of this card is a recycled little card that I received - I don't usually use things in this way, but it fitted the Just add ink colour challenge 131 so well - to use real red, chocolate chip and kraft. So there is no way that I take credit for totally making this card.

I'm also linking for:

Crafty pad 85: 'recipe - 1 circle, 2 squares and 3 brads'
Aly's 23: 'get dotty'
Pixie dust studio 36: 'go crazy with polka dots'
Charisma cardz 33: 'die cuts'

Beauty under the sea

There is much beauty under the sea, as depicted on this piece of coral reef paper that has been lurking in my scraps box - a pretty big scrap actually because I had to use an A5 card to accommodate it.

This is for a couple of 'under the sea' challenges - The treehouse 63 and Cuttlebug be inspired 98 - I used a cuttlebug border embossing folder to make the zigzag pattern on the strip of waves that had been cut from a DCWV paper, which itself was embossed and glitter foiled.

This is a simple card, but it would have been a shame to have covered too much of the beautiful paper.

It's also for:

Everybody art 105: 'sea'
Sentimental Sundays 17: 'words to inspire'
Lexi 21: 'emboss it'
ABC: 'B is for blue'

The challenge on this week's Tuesday taggers is 'inspired by a poem' - the poem linked to this card is 'Annabel Lee' by Edgar Allan Poe.

Commissioned wedding day card

I was asked to make a wedding day card in the style of the invitation that had been received.

The weather is so dull today, tipping it down with rain, that it's been difficult to get a photo because of the subtlety of the colours. If the sun comes out (oh, yes, I'm ever hopeful!) I'll replace the photo with a better one.

The base card is linen white. The piece of peachy pink vellum has been edged with a quickie glue pen and sprinkled with Art Institute purple polka dot glitter (the name is a bit misleading as it's more silvery with just a hint of sparkling colour). A square of slightly embossed white vellum was added (hardly visible here), with the ribbon/flower bow and matching ribbon down the spine. The sentiment was printed on the same white vellum and mounted on to the peachy pink. Thank goodness I've got a Xyron because any other glue would have shown through the vellum.

I'm linking this for:

Pear tree designs 14: 'wedding'
Moving along with the times 60: 'glitter'
Wild orchid 4: 'make it sparkle'
Creative card crew: 'sparkle and shine'
Andrea: 'simply squared'
For fun: 'ribbon or lace'
Paper jewels 7: 'ribbons & flowers'
Annabelle: 'say it with a bow'
Simple doodles 24: 'come on, let's celebrate'
Challenge up your life 26: 'celebrations'
Aud sentiments 9: 'anything goes'
Paper cutz 55: 'anything goes'
C.R.A.F.T. 64: 'photo inspiration' - reminded me of sugary pastels - I've used pastel colours and 'sugary' glitter

I used to try and make a card for 365 cards every day, but I fell by the wayside and haven't done anything for a long while, but I strayed over there today and saw that the challenge is: 'imagine this:sugar' - and I thought how much the sprinkled glitter looks just like sugar, so I'm also linking the card there.


It's Wednesday again - it comes round so quickly - and I missed last Wednesday's WOYWW, so a fortnight has gone by since the last one. So here are my photos today for WOYWW 64.

Someone asked if the shelves to the right of where I sit are pull-out ones - yes, they are. They were originally put there to house my craft robo and printer, but since then I've put my robo in the cupboard (need to try and sell it) because I have 'make the cut' to enable me to use my computer with the cricut. And for some time now I've had a wireless printer/scanner, which means these shelves now house other things, including my big box of scraps that never seems to get any less.

I've mostly been making Christmas cards (again!) this last week. You can see that I've got QVC on atm - and, yes, I have ordered the TSV - will be another 45 or so cards that can be made quickly ready for my Tearfund sale.

During this last week, I sorted out my wooden stamps (I got some more for my birthday and space was running out). I must remember to get up on the stepladder and put that craft item hanging from the top shelf further along so it's centred.

The idea is to sort out the boxes with flowers, so that I can have room for more wooden stamps, but I don't know yet where I'm going to put the boxes of flowers (I've already moved about six boxes of chipboard off there).

It's all a work-in-progress!

This is the other side of the room, behind where I sit at my workspace. Under the Laura Ashley throw are two put-you-up beds - these need to be used Saturday week when John's nieces come to stay and have got to be cleared by Monday so our cleaner can move them and clean behind them. This means I need to clear them by then - not sure where I'm going to put everything - although I suppose it can be piled up on my worktop because I won't be able to get in here to craft while they are here (which is only for one night).

So now I'm not sure whether to tidy up, sort out ... or just get on with some more crafting and ignore the rest.

For those who are wondering, I have taken on the commission to make 300 Christmas cards for friends who run a local accountacy business. These will be computer generated, rather than hand crafted, so I've been busy trying to get the photo etc as I want it - spent one day recently when I nearly abandoned the project - thought I'd have to confess and say that I couldn't handle it - but I persevered and it's almost in its finished state now - hope it's going to be approved.

Totally Gorjuss prize

Postie has just brought me this lovely card from Joanna Sheen - it contains a voucher code for £10 to spend in her shop - a prize from Totally Gorjuss for my number coming up as winner of their challenge 42 sketch with this card.

Thank you for such a lovely prize - I'm going to enjoy spending my voucher - Joanna Sheen has such lovely products.