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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sketch

Good Morning to you all from sunny Cyprus and Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums in blog land. What a shame we lost an hour of sleep. Did you remember to put your clocks on one hour? We did but I much prefer it when we gain the hour in October.


Over at CD Sunday we've been challenged by Jenny to use a sketch as a layout for this week's card. Still using a CD of course as this is CD Sunday Challenge Blog after all.


 I decided to use it as the layout for my MIL's birthday card. Apologies for the quality of the piccie. I've just realised its not too good and I can't take another as it's in the post now!



 I got some lovely Hunky Dorey toppers with a card magazine in February and couldn't wait to use them. I have also used some pretty floral rub ons for the outer panels.The background paper was from Debbi Moore Shabby Chic Collection CD and has a lovely lace border. I added lace ribbon and a happy birthday sentiment strip, from my stash, across the centre.  To finish I added a Mum peel off to the centre bird panel. I hope she likes it and has a lovely Mother's Day too!!

So, that's the CD Sunday challenge this week...........an easy peasy sketch. Thank you Jenny.
Why don't you grab your morning cuppa and pop over to enjoy browsing through the rest of the designs from Team A. Have fun!!

Challenges: sunflowerfielddesigns.........Birthday or Flowers
                    suzypantssmarty.......Spring flowers
                    acreativeromance.......Spring Flowers
                    crafts4eternity.......Mother or Mums
                    deliciousdoodleschallenge.....Mothers or a Special Lady
                    totallypapercrafts......Think Pink
                    cutecardthursday.......Floral Delights
                    .southerngirls.........Floral Frenzy
                    carabbiemomentsofcraft.........Thing with Wings
                    creativecardcrew......Animals
                    open-mindedcraftingfun.......Animal Antics

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Baby Blog Hop Reminder

                        Crafting With Dragonflies #22 Babies


This is a friendly reminder for our Baby Blog Hop over at Crafting with Dragonflies.
There's a  free cute little digi image over there for you too if you wish to use it.
There is still plenty of time to enter, and it doesn't have to be a card, it could be anything baby, like a scrapbook page, ATC, box etc.
There are plenty of prizes to be won as well, so hop on over to the main blog and check it out.
 

PS. Make sure you comment on everyones blog and then send the poem to Susan. Good luck and have fun.

See post below for more details and blog hop order.
Happy Hopping!!
 
 
Thought I'd show you this card I made over the weekend . I was rummaging through my pergamano patterns for a friend who is thinking about starting out with Pergamano. Now I used to do Pergamano eons ago but gave up. However I've still got all the tools cos being a true crafter I never throw anything out. Well you never know .....
 
Anyway I saw this pattern and thought about our Baby Blog Hop and decided to have a go again. It's also an early start for Christmas too....so killed two birds with one stone so to speak
 
 
 
Hope you find time to make a baby Card. It could even be an image of the Baby Jesus . So an early Christmas card never comes in wrong. What do you think? Cute eh!!
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Baby blog hop with the Dragonflies

Good Morning and Welcome

WE are having a BLOG HOP as well as a Challenge this fortnight!

This year our theme is - BABIES!



We have some wonderful sponsors who have generously donated lots of goodies for you and our wonderful Hilde also has a freebie to give to you to use for the challenge if you want to - go to the main blog for this.

Our Sponsors for this Blog Hop are listed below but the twist is that they are associated with each individual member of the Design Team's blogs, so you need to go to their blog and follow the instructions to be in a chance to win. There is a prize for the Challenge winner as well and our normal TOP THREE awards. You do not have to go in the BLOG HOP as well as the Challenge, but what else have you to do with your time? Of course you will enter both!! However, you do have to be a member of this blog to be eligible for the Challenge and Blog Hop prizes. 


OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS

Sponsors: Digistamps4Joy Prize: 
$10 to spend in the store  - on Tania's blog

Sami Stamps Prize:
Sami Stamps 
$12 to spend in the store  - Judith has this one

Flourish with a Bling Prize:
 
$15 dollar to spend in the store you will find this one on Ina's blog

Handmade Harbour prize: 
six digis for the winner  - hiding away on CG's blog

Pickled Potpourri prize: 
Pickled Potpourri Designs
 $7 to spend in the store  -  Hilde has charge of this

Meljens prize: four digis for the winner  
Meljen's Designs :: Digital Stamps by Melissa Jenkins 
Sammy, Susan and Wynn are being sponsored by Meljen
Wynn and Sammy will be donating a small gift as their blog prize.


The way you can hop is by thinking of numbers! Go to each Design Team's blog, read the clues and THINK OF NUMBERS while you do this! Remember - our theme is BABIES, so what do Babies have related to NUMBERS?

There may be a small amount of poetry in there........but I am sure you will be able to work that all out! You collect a word or maybe a whole phrase from each blog along the hop and you need to make sure that
  1. You leave a comment on a blog to be eligible for that blog's prize and enter the main challenge
  2. You DON'T mention the word/phrase in your comment on that blog!
Leave a comment on the main blog as well as entering your own Baby themed project into the Challenge on the  Crafting with Dragonflies . Also follow the instructions on the main blog to finish off the hop from there. 


Happy Hopping Folks

Order of the HOP

                                  ** Wynn **....YOU ARE HERE!!!


                              

                               ''BABIES "

Yes we are blog hopping over at Crafting with Dragonflies and the theme is babies. Now, as those who know me will verify, this means lots of oohs and ahhs from me cos I just LOVE babies. Hilde challenged us to dig out our favourite baby photo but then all them are my favourites. I just couldn't choose, without upsetting one of my 'babies'. I have two you see, as I have twins, and I couldn't do that could I?

So I decided to go with a photograph of a very special baby who came into all our lives last year.



                                  
                                                "A Special Baby Boy''
                      (now who could that be?)
                             



Yes you may have guessed it. It's Prince George of Cambridge. He was born on the 22nd July 2013 at 4.24pm and weighed in at 8lbs 6oz. He is third in line to the British throne and is named as George Alexander Louis. He has the two most gorgeous smiling eyes you could ever wish for.


Yes two beautiful eyes indeed but look at that sweet little mouth too.....gorgeous!!! I could eat him!! He'll bring a lot of joy to two delightful people, his proud parents Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and  Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and his Great Granny and Grandpa too I'm sure.

Now on to the challenge. I decided to make a mini flip flap album which could be used to add those precious baby photos. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube, if you do a search. So I won't bore you with all the details of how I went about making it as I've done enough waffling about my love of babies.


The image on the front of the album was from one of our sponsors Meljen. They have some great digis over there so please find time to pop over and visit, you won't be disappointed!

                                                                             inside

                                          
                                           back page where the date, weight etc. can be written by the parents

I hope you have fun visiting my teamies. Don't forget to leave a comment to be in with chance of winning a small gift which is ready to wing it's way to you from Cyprus.

 The next teamie to visit is  sammy. If you get lost just click on the crafting-with-dragonflies. link to take you back to the challenge page where you'll need to upload your challenge card too. Don't forget you must be a follower to be in with chance of winning those fab prizes.

                                                           Have fun. Happy Blog hopping!!

Challenges: scrap-creations........Make it Pastels GGSC173
                    cardmaniachallenges............Something New (baby) #42
                    jellyparkchallenges........Pretty Pastels
                    totallypapercrafts......shaped cards #210

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Pink wellies to inspire you!!

Over at pinspirational we have a new challenge today and a new photo to inspire you.


Now aren't they cute. What girl couldn't resist these......sooooo pretty. The generous sponsors allowed us to play with some of their images. I got to play with Vintage Dolly Girl Mon Armour.....Sitting in a flower garden by The Eastwind.

prize 3digis

We are also sponsored by All Dressed Up


 Prize 2digis

So grab a coffee a pop in to visit these fab digi stamp
  sponsors......I promise you won't be disappointed.

I must say I had great fun creating my card for this challenge.

The digi is from the East Wind and I coloured it with fine line pens. I sat her against a shaped tag that I had in my stash.  The white spotted paper on a pink background reflected the design on the wellies in the inspiration photo. I punched out lots of daisies to add to the background. I used an embossing ball tool to shape them and spritzed them and allowed them to dry, thus hardening them before I added the yellow centre, again using fine line pens. I scattered them randomly across the background and placed one in this cuties hair.
Great fun!!
Please find a moment to take a peep at the other creations my teamies have come up with at  pinspirational.

 I hope you have as being fun as I did!!
 
                   crazychallenge.......Flower Frenzy #167

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Mothers Day with Sue



Good Sunday Morning to you all. No I haven't gone mad, I know it's not Mother's Day yet, but you've got to be prepared. So Sue has challenged us to make a card for Mother's, Mums or Mummies. As I have to make a birthday card too for my Mum in law, which always falls very near to Mothering Sunday, I needed to get a move on.

This is what I've made for Mother's Day I'll show you the birthday card later .......so watch this space.


I use the CD Craft Artist Professional using their Mothers Day download. This is the first time I've used this CD to create a card. I've been messing around with it for a while but always got in a bit of a muddle . There are so many different features on it. I must admit you do get good results but I don't think I can be bothered with all the phaffing around!!

Anyway I printed off the layout, landscape orientation and placed it onto white card stock. I added 3 pink flower shaped buttons, bottom lefthand side, to extend from the button images on the layout. Then I thought it need a bit of bling so I put two pink sequin flowers amongst the flower images on the layout.

Now I know quite a few of you will need to make a Mother's Day card but it could be a birthday card or a card for a Mum to be or for someone who has been a surrogate Mother to you. The ideas are there lurking away in your mind I'm sure. But if you're still thinking about it go over to cdsundaychallenge and see what the rest of the team have created. Don't forget you must use a CD to be in with a chance of winning a prize.
Have fun!

Challenges: emergencycrafterschallenge......Flowers    
                    natalieandamy.......Flowers
                    seemacrafts.......Something for Mum
                    izazoviislatkisi.challenges and candies......Flowers
                    polkadoodle.......Mums the Word #11
                    inthepinkchallenge.......Mother's Day/
                    open-mindedcraftingfun........Use some buttons
  

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Geometric Shapes

Another day another card!! This time it's time to visit unstampabelles for their latest challenge.....Geometric Shapes. Now I have lots of those fab epoxy stickers in my stash and they are so pretty that I have been reluctant to use them. But when I saw this challenge I knew the very thing I would use to create a layout on my card. Now the photo is not too good as my scanner was dirty and no amount of rubbing would get the marks off grrrr. Here it is!!

                                                  


I began with white card stock, folding A4 card in half then turned it around to landscape orientation. I decided to go with co-ordinating yellows plus the shapes. I turned the pretty floral epoxy squares around to make diamond shapes, placing them in a W shape. This left gaps of triangle shapes which I filled with triangular corner peel offs. Along the bottom I used a ribbon punch and threaded the yellow ribbon in a zig zag shape. I then made two squares of yellow and gold twisted them to match the epoxy diamonds and added 60 and happy birthday peel offs. You can also see other shapes e.g stars, petal, butterfly and tiny circles.

The epoxy stickers are from E-Z Stick-On.

I enjoyed this challenge. Something a bit different from my normal card.

Challenges:  unstampabelleschallenges......Geometric Shapes

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Shaped Cards with the Dragonflies

Good day to my fellow crafters. We had some lovely cards for our challenge last time. I think Hilde will have a hard time choosing her fave. Now it's time for another challenge from Hilde at Crafting with Dragonflies. This week she has challenged us to make a shaped card of our choice.

Our sponsors are :
                                                              all dressed up stamps
                                                                     Prize: 2 digis

                                                                   
                                                                     Milk Coffee Digis
                                                                          Prize: 5 digis


I was lucky enough to receive a digi from 'All Dressed Up' to play with. I chose 'My Valentine Forever' and for my shaped card I went with the Sizzix die cut again but this time without the embossed edges. I used bright red card from my stash for the main card.


I coloured the image with my bright Fineliner Pens. I added a flat backed red pearl to one of the flowers and fine peel offs from my stash to the edge and to embellish it. I put Gold Perfect Pearls, from Ranger, on the heart and tiny stars were scattered across the background. I found some bright red ribbon in my Christmas box and made a bow to add to the top with a red square gem. Finally a red heart gem was added.

I enjoyed playing with this digi. There are plenty more in the Etsy shops of our sponsors so why not take a peek . You won't be disappointed.

Now it's your turn. Pour yourself a coffee and take it with you to Crafting with Dragonflies to see what other shaped cards the Design Team have created. You'll be inspired and I'm sure you'll want to join in. Don't forget to relax and have fun you deserve it!!

Challenges: alldressedupchallenge.......CAS
                    cardsgalorechallenges......Use a digi
                    craft-deebowz.......use a handmade bow
                    .throughthepurplehazechallenges.....use a digi
                     daringcardmakers.......Sentimental

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Photo inspiration at Pin...

Good morning from Cyprus I hope the weather is being kind to everyone and the UK is beginning to dry out. I hope my Australian friends are taking care in the sun.
 We had a terrific thunderstorm during the night. With large hailstones that I thought would come through the roof. Everywhere is in a real mess this morning!!

Now on to this week's inspirational challenge at (pin)spirational. This is the piccie chosen for us to work with.

Plenty there to inspire don't you think. Our sponsors are :

                                                                 
                                                                        prize 7 digis


                                                                       prize 5 digis


                                                                        prize 3 digis

I was lucky enough to be offered a digi from Anne's Digital Art. The choice was amazing and hard to choose. I finally went with Ayla in new pinafore......thought it would keep that pretty dress in the piccie stay clean!!


I chose green as the main colour for the card to match the green grass in the photo. I used a Sizzix die to cut and emboss the shape. The background was stamped with black Stazon with a freebie stamp I got with a magazine. Yes we are now lucky and get the freebies with our magazines over here. It's been a long time coming but they are much appreciated as crafty goodies are a wee bit thin on the ground here.

I paper pieced the pinafore with freebie paper from the same magazine.....January's Card Making and Papercraft. Coloured the dress and shoes with Fineliner pens and the skin and hair with Spectrum Noir pens. The flower was from a K and Co pack sent from a friend in the UK....she knows who she is!! The 'For You' sentiment stamp was from a crafter in my group, thank you Leslie, and was inked in black Stazon. I added flower candy from my stash to finish. Finally I added some Spectrum Noir pen to the teddy, which was from a Debbi Moore Shabby Chic CD. 

A cute card I think you'll agree. Not sure who to send it to yet so I'll put in my box for a later date.

Now it's your turn...... pop over to http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ and take a peek at what the rest of the Design Team have created. Don't forget to check our sponsors out and have fun!!

Challenges: craftybootschallenges......GREEN
                     disdigidesignschallenge......Make it Green
                     open-mindedcraftingfun......Use something Green #5
                     pumpkinspiceblog........Something Green
                     chocolatecoffeecards..........Teddy Bears
                     creativecornerchallenges.........Green
                     savvyhandmadecards...............Going green-photo inspiration

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Easter Parade

Good Sunday morning peeps......no you didn't misread the post!! It's Easter over at cdsunday challenge and the theme was chosen by me ....Wynn.

Well like Christmas I like to start early with my Easter cards.....well not too early!! So that's why I chose this theme. Hope you're inspired by the rest of the Team A's creations.

I chose an image from one of my favourite CD's Pyramid Krazy.....an oldie  but a goody.....I can always find something on there to fit most themes.


 
I decided to use a circular pyramid for a change. There's a variety of designs to choose from on this CD. I loved the parade of the family of chicks in their Easter finery. What a great hat....I want one!!
 
I mounted it on white card stock placed at an angle. I inked the edges of the card with the edge of the ink pad to make tiny lines, which I hoped would look like straw. I added some matching bright ribbon to the top corners and rounded the bottom two with a corner punch.. The sentiment was from my stash and edged to match the main body of card.
 
I hope you find a moment to pop over to CD Sunday to see what the rest of my teamies created for my choice of theme. You won't be disappointed. There'll be a small gift for the winner ......winging it's way from Cyprus. Have fun!
 
I'm also going to send this card to send a smile 4kids.....Easter....link below A really worthwhile organisation. So another reason for making those Easter cards for children.