Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Talent Spotlight on Joanna Sheen

Just a quick note to say today I am featured as the Talent Spotlight on the Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog with my vintage puppy card. Joanna Sheen is my favourite crafting brand (if you haven't noticed) and I am so chuffed. Thank you to Paula for featuring me on it :)

To see the original entry please visit here.

After a long but brilliant day, to see this has been a super end to a great day. It really has made my day, maybe even week. Thanks for visiting xx

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Waiting for Santa

This is my very first entry to the Christmas projects only Winter Wonderland Challenge - this month has the theme of "The Holly & The Ivy". I wonder if this is an all year round challenge, as I'd be up for Christmas crafting throughout the year!

I have used this super cute Out of the Hutch decoupage sheet from Joanna Sheen of a guinea pig sitting in bed with his stocking waiting for Santa with his bed decorated with lovely holly. Layering it up with sticky tabs. A holly background, holly ribbon, and holly corner punches. All accented with gold mirror board and red gems. 

Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping  by xx

Christmas in Mulberry Wood - chilling by the tree

As you have read I am have a jolly good go at entering challenges of late. Not only does it focus your crafting projects a little more it is a whole bunch of fun!

Today's post features my entry for the Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge: Embossing. I have a cuttlebug and I often like to play with it but find it difficult to use embossing successfully on my cards (supposedly only in my own opinion!). I looked at a few of the stunning entries and thought I would give the challenge a go.  There is also the opportunity to be a guest designer - if chosen, what fun that would be!!!!

I created this 6 x 6 card on a kraft base card using this cute little elephant in a santa hat character from the Mulberry Wood at Christmas papercrafting CD-rom from Crafter's Companion. Although it was released last year, it is still very much one of my favourite festive resources.

From this first picture you will see that the snowflake embossing folder I used on the green patterned backing paper it is quite subtle. 

From this second picture you will see how the paper is embossed which gives added dimension. I also used a fancy rectangular die to set off the image which I raised from the card with sticky pads, again adding further dimension still.

To complete the card I used gold star brads and a little bow made from red and gold ribbon. I also added some glitter to the image to give it some extra sparkle which you can see in close up below.

Thanks for stopping by. Wish me luck with the challenge xx

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Coffee and Cream Vintage Puppy

Hello Lovelies,

Enjoying the relapse of the summer sun? I am busy preparing for a large Autumn craft fair I am doing at Stafford Rangers next Saturday 28th September 2013, 12noon - 4pm. Come along if you are local and don't forget to say hi!

If you were to ask me who my favourite photographer was, I would without a doubt say Rachael Hale. She takes amazing pictures of cute animals. I was thrilled when I found out that my favourite crafting sensation Joanna Sheen brought out a disk of images from Rachael Hale "Furry Friends" and I HAD to get it.

Today I am showing you a card I made for Joanna's recent challenge Coffee & Cream. Using this image of a cute Yorkie puppy from the Furry Friends CD, coffee and cream papers, coffee coloured lace and cream pearls.

When I first made this I thought it was a bit weird and has a contemporary meets vintage feel. It reminds me of a granddad with a flat capped puppy and a grandma with the vintage looking coffee lace, but the square lines seem contemporary. It also has male meets female feel I thought.

Anyway, for all these reasons I have decided to enter into the Vintage challenge over at The Crafting Muskeeters. Also, my facebook fellow crafter Sharon is always encouraging me to join in, so I'm giving it a go at long last!

Thank you so much for coming to my blog and any comments you may have are much appreciated! xx

Friday, 13 September 2013

Christmas in Holly Pond Hill

This weekend Christmas has truly hit my craft desk, evidenced by my jeans full of glitter! First up, the new and super wonderful Christmas in Holly Pond Hill. My favourite little bunnies and mice have gone all festive.

This week the Joanna Sheen challenge is 'Ribbons' and seen as I use a lot of them anyway, it wasn't a difficult task for me. Here is my entry. Hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by xx

Monday, 9 September 2013

My first easel card

Hello lovelies,

Hope this blog finds you all well? I have been thrown back into work after an amazing week in Gran Canaria. Steve took me away for my birthday and I can honestly say it was the best holiday I have ever been on. The hotel was lovely, our room was big with beautiful panoramic views of the pool, beach and sea.  The food was amazing with everything you could possibly want. Really wish we'd booked two weeks and now I have the post holiday blues but I am getting back into the swing of things despite feeling wretched after catching the cold my boyfriend caught on the plane home!

Anyway, I thought I would share with you a special make that I made shortly before my holiday - my very first easel card! It is personalised for an 18th birthday of someone who loves roller coasters and theme parks, so I actually used an image of him on the Smiler roller coaster at Alton Towers. I am very pleased with how it turned out. 

How the card stands on the shelf which is held in place by raised sentiment.

The 'front' with the main image when closed.

A close up of the sentiment.

Wish me luck and thanks so much for stopping by xx