Thursday, September 29, 2011

Paperplay - White + One!

 Supplies:  Websters Pages pp, Tim Holtz trimmings, Spellbinders label die, 
machine stitching, computer generated sentiment, Aquarelle - font, 
pearls, textured cardstock - Papermania.

This week on Paperplay Challenges the challenge is set by DT member CĂ©line and it is "white plus one".  I went for white and black!  Love this pp by Websters Pages - thought it set off the uncoloured "trimmings" by Tim Holtz beautifully.  I also added tiny pearls to the pp but this isn't evident from this photo!  Click on the photo to view larger image.

We are very kindly sponsored by Bunny Zoe Crafts this week - be sure to check out what the other DT members created here.
Thanks so much for peeking.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Quick Birthday Card Share

Supplies:  Some Odd Girl digi, CB Embossing Folder - Number collage, Papermania 
number stamp, Stazon Ink, copics, pop dots, gems from stash

Quick share this morning.  Have to get the boys out to school - so I will drop back later and expand on the supplies list.

Lexi's Creations - Card for a Child
Some Odd Girl - Colour Inspiration

Thanks for peeking - hope you have a great Tuesday.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Autumn Leaves

Supplies: Papermania 12x12 kraft collection, WMS sentiment and frame, 
cork, Tim Holtz leaves die, bakers twine - the twinery, Labels Fourteen - 
Spellbinders, Big Shot, memento black ink, button - stash, 
X-cut corner punch - large, glue dots and pop dots.

This week's challenge over on Paperplay is Autumn Leaves.  It's not my week! but I am just popping in to share a card I created using kraft and cork!  Am loving how cork cuts in my Big Shot/Dies.

This card was quick and easy - the pattern is already printed on this kraft cardstock!.

Ooh La La Creations - Punches/ Dies
Crafting for all Seasons - Fall Colours
 For Fun Challenges - Anniversary (no cake or bells)
Little Darlings - Brown and red
Simon Says Stamp - Dies or punches
Truly Scrumptious - Clean and Simple

Thanks for peeking - hope you have a great day.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pops of colour at Fort Camden

So I have been playing with my new camera and decided to share a few photos here.  The shot above was taken during a recent visit to Fort Camden.  

It is a classical coastal artillery fort that was let go into decline.  Fortifications on the site originally date from about 1550, it was added to in 1600 - 75% of the fort is underground!

However, it was taken over in 2010 by the County Council and then Rescue Camden - a group of local volunteers who wish to see it brought back to it's former glory.  

It is mainly a 19th century construction, with a defensive moat 40 ft deep.  There are underground tunnels, underground magazine, artillery batteries, musketery galleries and a brennan torpedo site.

Every small boys dream!
(above) Entrance to an underground magazine.
Art installation using found objects during the clean up
Re-enactments taking place on the day we visited.

Thanks for peeking, hope you enjoyed today's "unusual" post!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Happily Ever After

Supplies:  LOTV - Wedding couple, PTI Love Lives Here sentiment, Papermania 
aqua gems, Textured cardstock - Papermania, 6x6 Card Blank - Craftworkcards, 
machine stitching, copics, diamond stickles, Ranger white enamel and adhesive.

I love this couple from Lily of the Valley stamps.  I paired them with the sentiment from the "Love Lives Here" set by Papertrey ink.  I kept colour to a minimum - love the touch of diamond stickles on the wedding gown and some white enamel touches around her bouquet!.

Had hoped to share an anniversary card today - but it turns out I didn't photograph it very well before it went in the mail yesterday .... oops!!  

Happy Anniversary to my inlaws!

Wee Memories - no patterned paper

Thanks so much for peeking - hope you are having a great day.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Paper Smooches - Sparks Challenge

I have seen some amazing creations in blogland using Paper Smooches stamps/digis and went to invesigate to find a fun challenge here called "Sparks Challenge".
This month's challenge is to use this photo as inspiration.
Here is what I created using the colours and shape as my inspiration.
Supplies:  Quickutz Cookie Cutter circle dies, Papermania white vellum, 
Papermania gems, Papermania textured cardstock in orange and peach/pink, 
X-Cut scallop border punch, Photoshop, Purple Cows guillotine, adhesive, 
glue dots and white cardstock base.

I printed the freebie digital sentiment in lime green on white vellum and printed the freebie digital flowers in aqua/blue on the same sheet of vellum.  I cut out and accented the centres with green/blue gems.  I also offset the scallops in orange and pink.

Be sure to check out the wonderful freebie digital images that Kim has available on Paper Smooches so that you can play along with this fun challenge.

Thanks so much for peeking.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Paperplay - Punches and Dies

Supplies: Buttons from assorted bag - Cork Art Supplies,
Anna Griffin K&Co pp , embroidery floss, washi tape TGF?, 
Beautiful Butterflies Stampin' Up die, Tombow adhesive, cork  and SRM sticker.

I love this week's challenge on Paperplay - Punches and Dies.
We are very kindly sponsored this week by Whiff of Joy.
Here is my DT card - I dug out my new Beautiful Butterflies die by Stampin' Up and ran it through my Big Shot machine with cork. I then put some pink washi tape (TGF) on it to cover any cracks that appeared as the butterfly had to be cut by folding the cork!  I stacked two buttons and adhered everything to the cardbase with embroidery floss.  The buttons hide a multitude!!! LOL!

You can check out the challenge and fun DT creations right HERE.  Hope you get a chance to play along with us.  

Flutter by Wednesday's - must include butterfly, fairy or angel
Bearly Mine - Button it up
Papertake Weekly - Things with wings

As always - I really appreciate your visit and comments, thanks so much.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Critical issues and some more holiday cards!

Supplies:  Martha Stewart Christmas Punch Pad - 2peas,  Tim Holtz
on the edge die, Spellbinders Large Oval dies, blending tool, tea dye 
distress ink, machine stitching, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, buttons from 
assorted bundles - Cork Art Supplies, Kraft blank - Papermania, embroidery 
floss and adhesive.

A very quick post and in case you don't hear from me for a few days!  My computer is having "Critical issues!"... argh - trying to ascertain where the problem lies at the moment.  Wasted 2 + hours!

Quick share using another fun digital sentiment by Raindrop Echo Sentiments available over on Whimsy Stamps.
Will hopefully post supply list etc a little later!!!
now posted above and another card / variation on the theme!

This card includes an SRM sentiment sticker.
Thanks for peeking.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Holiday Card

Supplies:  Jolly by Golly pp - Cosmo Cricket, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, 
ribbon from MemrieMare - Etsy, Making memories stick pin, 
500g assorted bag of buttons - Cork Art Supplies, tea dye distress ink,
blending tool, Oval dies by Spellbinders, embroidery floss, 
pop dots and copics.

Another holiday card share!  

I purchased this digital sentiment over on Whimsy Stamps.  The sentiment is one from a set by Raindrop Echo Designs called Christmas Sentiments.  You can find some of their wonderful free sentiments over on Sentimental Sundays together with fun challenges each week.
 I had fun distressing the edges of the Cosmo Cricket pp, die and punched snowflakes with tea dye distress ink.  

Woodware USA - Happy Holidays
Christmas Card Challenge - Vintage

Thanks so much for peeking.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Guest for Tiffany Doodles Blog Hop - Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of our Tiffany Doodles Blog Hop!

I was delighted when Tiffany asked me to be a Guest on her Blog Hop.  We hope you had a great time on the previous 2 days, and perhaps found some inspiration along the way!

In case you missed yesterday, click here to catch up from Day 1 and Day 2!  Be sure to participate everyday by commenting on each post & following every blog to be eligible for all prizes.  Full details of prizes available here.

On today's Hop we are featuring cards made with Bird images by Tiffany Doodles!

Supplies:  Cutebird - Wings Digital Stamp - Tiffany Doodles
Plain White Vellum - Anita's, Orange and Pink 
cardstock - Folia, Epson DX8450 printer, Raspberry Fizz 
Vintage buttons - PTI, scallop die - Tim Holtz, Nesting Circle Dies 
- Quickutz, Tombow adhesive runner and embroidery floss.

I used this wonderful Cutebird digital stamp.  I printed the sentiment and digital image on vellum (changing from black to pink first)  I then cut a circle in the cardstock to form a window for the vellum.  I used the buttons to adhered the vellum sentiment to the cardstock - no need for adhesive!

Next you are hopping on to Anette - you will love what she has created for you.

We remember

Today we remember -
we pause,
we reflect,
we look at the date - 9/11/11
and remember where we were ten years ago.

We think of everyone affected by that day ten years ago that has shaped all our lives forevermore.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Still makes me happy!

This is my second post today (I know... shock, horror!!) - to see my Season's Greetings card - please scroll down! or click here - thanks.

Still makes my heart happy to log into 2peas and find one of my little creations perched under "Top 3 by Views" or "Featured project" etc.  You can check out my "Best Wishes" card here.

Ah, the simple things - and my hubby just bought me this as an anniversary pressie (I traded in my 30D but held onto my existing lenses)

Battery is in the charger.. cannot wait to go and play!

Season's Greetings

Supplies:  MME Snowed In pp and chipboard shapes free with this 
month's edition of Cardmaking & Papercraft, 500gm assorted button bag - Cork Art Supplies
Memento Ink pad - Bamboo Leaves, embroidery floss, cardstock in 
aqua and blue, Tea dye distress ink and Tim Holtz blending tool, 
X-cut Scallop border punch and adhesive.

Picked up a copy of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine on Wednesday and there were free papers and chipboard shapes by My Mind's Eye - yipee!

I just had to open them and make a card - I inked all the edges with tea dye using my Tim Holtz blending tool to give an aged look.  Also inked the edges of the chipboard shape.  I then stitched the buttons to the card after assembling and added the tree topper button with a glue dot.

Should really be featuring an Anniversary Card here as today is our 13th Wedding Anniversary!  Maybe later!

Thanks so much for peeking.

Friday, September 9, 2011

CARDS/Create Blog - Woodgrain Challenge

Supplies:  Hot pink Cardstock - folia, orange textured cardstock - 
Papermania, pp - Pina Colada collection - Kaisercraft, PTI 
vintage button - ocean tide, Fiskars upper crest border punch, 
Tim Holtz embossing folder, kraft cardstock, embroidery 
floss, Beautiful Butterflies Stampin' Up die, 
Tombow adhesive, cork  and SRM sticker.

My card for this week's challenge on CREATE (formerly CARDS blog).  This week's challenge was "Woodgrain".  I decided to incorporate the woodgrain in embossing rather than stamping.  Made the card using bright colours and some fun pp.

Was delighted to see my card in the CARDS gallery (after Virginia told me it was there! - thanks Virginia).  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day and wonderful weekend. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Heartfelt Thanks - Tuesday Trigger

When I saw the photo for this week's Trigger over on Moxie Fab World - I knew I had to go and make a card right away!

I have quite a number of Thank you cards to make - so decided to use the colours and flowers in the photo as my inspiration.

Supplies:  Websters Pages 6x6 pp, Pina Colada pp - Kasiercraft, SRM 
Sentiment sticker, cork board, runner adhesive, Stampin Up 
Beautiful Butterflies die and PTI butterfly die (top butterfly - black) and 
machine stitching.

I put three layers on the butterfly - mixing the Beautiful Butterflies die by Stampin Up with the PTI die from the Love Lives Here Collection.  I secured the butterfly to the card by machine stitching through the pp and cardstock.

I added a sentiment sticker by SRM and it layered beautifully on top of the patterned paper by Webster's Pages.

Thanks so much for peeking.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Water Babies!

Thunderstorm downtown Chicago - August 2011
I am drawn to water.  It can be falling from the sky, in a lake, sea or ocean.
My DH enjoying the water in MI - August 2011

I wonder is it because I grew up next to a large harbour that started my love of water?  
When I moved 3,658 miles away from that harbour I managed to locate next to another large body of water - Lake Michigan (which is the second largest of the Great Lakes by volume!).

Thankfully my hubby and boys love water as much as I do (evidence above!)

I spent some time on the water this weekend and captured these cuties off Cape Clear Island
I think I can count 5 seals - but there may be more! 
and also captured the shots below during the 1720 European Championships (Racing - Day 3)
1720 European Championships - Baltimore, West Cork
 Busy at the leeward mark! (above)
Lots of action on the water.

Fun weekend with great sailing, great company and time on the water!

Hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hooray for you!

Supplies:  Kaisercraft pp -Pina Colada Collection, Papermania orange 
textured cardstock, PTI sentiment die and vintage PTI button, Folia 
pink cardstock, machine stitching, cork, Stampin up Butterfly die, 
embroidery floss, white ink, pop dots, stapler and adhesive.

I entered this card into the Paper Crafts August 2011 Gallery Challenge over on Flickr on Wednesday night.  I had lots of fun making this card.

I love the texture and look of cork on a card/project and had got a lot of it a while back and had been saving it... what for you ask?  Good question - so I opened it up and got cutting.
I got a Sizzix Big Butterfly die by Stampin' Up whilst on holidays in the US (it is only available Stateside).  I have admired it for so long and am so thrilled to have it in my stash now.

I layered the cork with some of the reverse side of the patterned paper by Kaisercraft and added a PTI Raspberry Fizz button.  Thanks so much for peeking.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Paperplay - Make your own flowers

So this week on Paperplay Challenges - it's "make your own Flowers!"

We are very kindly sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.  Check out all the details and DT creations here.

When I saw Mary Dawn over on My Pink Mexico create these fun flowers a number of months ago I knew I would have to give them a go.  So I got creating when this challenge came along!  I cut long "splits" to create larger flowers.

The sentiment/paper is by Kaisercraft - Bubblegum Hills Collection and the felt is from my stash.  I decided to make an orange leaf and glued the flower/leaf onto the card with glossy accents.

Moxie Fab World - Fabulous Felt
Thanks so much for peeking.  Hope you have a great weekend.
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