Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Woo Hoo!

I am sitting here trying to motivate myself to get some work done as I have a forward plan due in on Friday. I just want Friday to arrive so that it'll be holiday time without having to do lots of work before then, wishful thinking! I just popped on quickly to post a card and stick to my word from last night when I discovered that I have won Louise's blog candy! I'm so excited! I really can't believe it. I am so glad that I discovered her blog as a result of her candy as she is an amazing scrapper. Her blog is well worth a visit!

Here is the other card that I made for my mum's birthday using a gorjuss girl. I just love these and can't wait to see the 2nd set which you can pre-order on Friday from Funky Kits.

The paper is Basic Grey Sultry, the scalloped squares, sentiment and card candy are from Craftwork Cards. The ribbon is from my stash and I coloured the image with my new copics. I was really pleased with the end result.

Off to get more work done despite not wanting to but unless I want to be burning the midnight oil tomorrow night and Thursday night I'd better get to it.

Enjoy the rest of your night.

Monday, 30 March 2009

Manic Monday

Well, I didn't quite get round to posting yesterday as I had some visitors and my day seemed to just disappear with lots of things to be done. Thought that I'd pop on very quickly whilst taking a wee break from my work this evening to post one of the cards that I made for my mum's birthday which is today. So without further ado, here it is:

This was my first attempt at a gate fold card and I was delighted with the way it turned out. I was inspired by the birthday card that Monica sent me and thought I'd give it a go. I'm really glad that I did and I will definitely be making a lot more of these. I coloured with my new copic ciao pens which arrived last week and don't think that I've done too badly dor my first attempt. I don't have any memento black ink which most people seem to use with copic but I've ordered some and hoping that it will arrive soon. Instead my image is stamped with stazon black ink as this is what I normally use with my prismas. It has bled just a little but not too much. The sentiment and candy is from craftwork cards, the paper was a freebie from a magazine and the ribbon is from my stash. The image is birthday Hamish from Sugar Nellie.

Well, I'm off to get some more work done and hae a wee cuppa in the process. I'm a bit of a tea Jenny! Will be back tomorrow night to post another card.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Wallet Folder

It's been a wee while since I last posted due to illness and work commitments. Thanks to everyone for their kind comments about my health, I'm feeling much better. Thank goodness! The weeks are just flying past. Only one week to go until I am on holiday for 2 week. Yeah! I am planning to get lots of scrapping done and lots of cards made while I'm off. That's the plan anyway although probably other things will crop up and I need to get started on my reports. Oh the joys! I am so shattered from having done two parents evenings this week and so I am going to try and find some time for myself this weekend and get some projects done. It's my mum's birthday on Monday so I definitely need to get two cards made for then along with a few other bits and pieces. I'm posting a wallet I made a while back to send some images to Denise but have never gotten around to posting it. I made it using a tutorial from Moni's blog. I loved making it and made quite a few but have yet to get around to decorating the front of the others.

I am trying to finalise some blog candy to celebrate blogging for a year and will hopefully post this soon. Hope to be back either today or tomorrow with some more cards/projects!

Have a great day whatever you are doing.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Feeling poorly

I'm off work today feeling poorly with a severe eye infection. Ended up spending most of yesterday afternoon in the hospital being checked out as the doctor thought I may have cellutitis. Fortunately, for me that is not the case but still feeling very miserable. Have been doing some blog hopping today to cheer me up and to get some new ideas. I have come across some fabby blog candy on my travels and so have posted them too. Have posted a card below which I made for Mother's Day on Sunday. I liked the first one so much I decided to make another exactly the same. The papers were from a Shabby Princess Kit I bought a wee while ago called Meet Me in Paris, the papers are absolutely gorgeous. It was my first ever attempt at paper piecing and I think I've done not too badly. I have wanted to try this for ages and I'm glad I had a wee go, will definitely be doing more of this. The sentiment stamp is cuddly buddly and have used stickles on the tilda image.

It will be my blogoversary next Tuesday which I can't believe! How can a year go past so quickly? In that time my cardmaking skills have definitely improved (well I think and hope so anyway!), I have met many great friends as a result and have learned many new things that I never knew existed. I also joined the Sisterhood of Blogging Stampers and met many wonderful ladies and new friends as a result when I was starting out. They are such a great group of ladies who support you no matter what crisis you are having! I am planning on doing a little blog candy to celebrate this and have begun putting together a few bits and pieces. I will post about it as soon as I have gotten it altogether, hopefully this weekend. I have two parents evening to do next week so will be kept busy with that.

Friday, 13 March 2009

Thank heavens it's Friday!

Another busy week, they're just flying by at the moment. Despite being busy I managed to make two cards last night for my mother-in-law's birthday tomorrow. The first card was made using one of my gorjuss girl stamps and was based mostly on a sketch from the truly scrumptious challenge blog. The second card was made using bits and pieces that I actually coloured ages ago which saved me a lot of time last night. I think I'll need to have a batch of images coloured in advance of making cards and that way I might get more made rather than waiting to think about what papers I am going to use before colouring. I'm too much of a perfectionist and control freak!! Anyway here they are:

Lewis' spots are beginning to die away now thankfully although he is still suffering with an eye infection and isn't totally back to feeling like himself yet. Thanks to everyone for their kind wishes. Hopefully, he'll be back to normal soon. Well I'm off to settle down in front of the telly to watch comic relief. We had a fun day at school today and managed to raise a fabulous sum of £851. I might get some more cards made later!

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Chicken Pox!


Feels as though I haven't posted for ages, well I haven't I suppose because it has been over a week. Had planned to but unfortunately Lewis came down with chicken pox on Thursday so life has been a bit hectic to say the least! Poor wee soul, he has them everywhere! He had a mild dose of chicken pox at the age of 20 months or so I was told! Anyway, at least once they've gone this time he won't hopefully get them again as he has a major dose of them this time. I've been applying calomine cream and administering piriton and calpol like nobodys business in between scratching myself constantly and trying to reassure him when he's getting upset. Thankfully, he hasn't been scratching too much so hopefully he'll continue not to as he has loads on his face.

My birthday which was last Sunday seems like a distant memory now but I'd like to say huge thanks to Monica, Pam, Joana and Kelly (my SBS sisters) who sent me gorgeous cards. They are posted below. Thank you so much girls, they have been admired by many people this week. Kelly also sent me some gorgeous lime green and pink ribbon, some metal tokens, some clear shape templates and some images amongst which were some of my favourite High Hopes image, Froggy Gift. Our SBS group did an image swap away last year and Kelly sent this image way back then. I loved using it so I am really pleased to have some again. Thank you so much Kelly!

From Kelly:

From Joana:

From Pam:

From Monica:
I made this card very quickly during the week for a friend's birthday. It was a really quick one due to lack of time. I used a Gorjuss Girl image for the first time. It was so easy to colour, I can't wait to use the others. I also decorated the inside as lots of people seem to be doing this now and they look so professional. I kept mines really simple as I didn't really have any time to experiment. I had planned on using my cuttlebug as I haven't had much of a chance to use it, however when I went to use it it wouldn't work. There is no tension in the handle at all and so the rollers will not turn the cutting mat. I'll need to contact the shop Steven bought it from to see what they say. Let's hope they replace it! Hopefully, I might get a wee bit of time today to get some cards done as I have a few birthdays coming up.

I have just splashed out on some copics this morning as I got some money for my birthday. I was planning on buying some promarkers (thanks for the advice Mar & Debbi) but after doing some reading yesterday, I thought why not just splash out when I have some money to spend. I have also bought some charms from ebay too as I have been admiring lots of cards with these recently too. Thanks to everyone who gave me tips on where to buy them.

Well, off now to get various jobs done including some crafting as well as a snooze hopefully later as I have been up a great deal of last night with Lewis. It's snowing here at the moment and very cold outside!

Have a great day whatever you are doing!

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

My Blogoversary Candy

As promised I have finally gotten around to posting some candy to celebrate my blog being one year old on the 24th March. I have had such a lot of fun and pleasure during the past year with posting my creations on my little blog and have met such wonderful people as a result. To celebrate this I am giving away the following:

* Whiff of Joy Guardian Angel Collection Stamp - Musing Melinda
* 6 x6 Basic Grey Sultry paper pad
* Pack of Basic Grey Archaic Glazed Brads
* All sorts of things paper scuffers - 2 sided sanders
* Chocolate & Marshmallow card candy from Craftwork Cards
* A selection of charms

To be in with a chance of winning my blog candy you need to leave a comment on this post to let me know that you are taking part as well as posting a link to my candy on your blog to let others know. I will enter my followers' names twice to thank them for their continued support. There is absolutely no obligation to become a follower but if you would like to that would be lovely.

The closing date is Saturday 18th April at 8 pm. I will draw the name of the winning entry and post the name of the winner on Sunday 19th April. I will post internationally.

Good luck!