Saturday, December 25, 2010

Twelve days of Fluffmas questions

I discovered Stampin FluffnStuff not too long ago and have since been reading it and having a laugh or two. I have slowly gotten to read more and more about Faye and her fabulous cards. I really enjoy the way Faye writes and in my opinion, she should have considered a career in writing at some point in her life ;)
So when she posted this candy with "a Fluffy twist" I knew I wanted to take part. If you've never visited her, go and get to know her too. It's always fun :)


1. How old is Sweet Cheeks?


                   2 years old

2. What is the name of my Mum's Blog?

                    It's an alien life http://itsanalienlife.blogspot.com/

3. What are my favourite colours? (Clue; they're not what you might think they are!)

                    Yellow

4. We recently moved, but from which county?

                   I think you moved from Devon

5. How many posts did I write in August?

                   16!

6. Which two Challenge Blogs do I play on?

                  I see that you posts projects for cupcake and sweet stamping challenges

7. When is my birthday? (Clue; I was on holiday!)

                 I think your birthday is in March, not sure which day...

8. What is my favourite crafting item?
                Hmm...stamps?


9. Name the alternate reality I inhabit?

              Faye world

10. I love this as much as crafting, what is it?
              Chocklit :)


11. What do we refer to my Dad as? (Bonus stash if you can tell me what his remedy for anything is?)

            The Doc his remedy is a bottle of White Lightening, lol.

12. Once Upon a Time, I had a career in?
 
           You used to be a pastry chef, restaurant manager and worked in HR.
 
 
Hope I got most of them right...
 
This was a fun twist, what a great idea, Faye!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

For a special little boy

I made this for my little nephew who is expected to arrive soon and is actually way past his due date. I would like this to be used for his first picture. I'm putting it in a scrapbook frame to keep the dust out and prevent any of those little pieces from falling off. I hope my sister in law likes it.



I made most of the flowers myself using felt, tulle, paper, string, rhinestones and pearls. I cut the tigger out of a piece of fabric with scenes from the classic winnie the pooh. The frame on the central piece of paper is actually a woven ribbon glued on with glue lines :)

I would like to enter this for the Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge #73 Embellish it!
I think this is very fitting, talk about embellishing, Lol!

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Entry for The Paper Variety Challenge Week 14

The photo inspiration for this week was so cute! I would have jumped on it to do a page about my dogs, but I had to make a giftcard holder for our secret santa at work and I was inspired by the photo's beautiful colors. I've been craving layers lately so I combined the two and this is what I came up with:


The gift card is taped onto the ribbon so it can be pulled out easily. Oh, did I mention they are giving away a mitten weather mini deck on Tuesday to one lucky person? go play!

So sad that  the paper variety will be off for 2 weeks :(  but I do hope the girls enjoy their vacation ;)

Candy arrived!

Last Friday I won candy from Karen at Chidscrafts http://www.chidscrafts.com/ she has really great tutorials and ideas at her blog. Go check it out, right now! ok, maybe right after the rest of this post... :)
This is the very cute candy I got in the mail today, I was so excited!:

I know my messy desk doesn't do it justice, it really is wonderful candy. I LOVE ribbon and these ribbons are so awesome and have so much texture. I have big plans for the chalk! I'm not sure what I'm going to make with the album yet...I'm thinking a heritage album about my childhood. Thanks so much Karen!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Baby shower card

After my first easel card, I was hooked! I had to try again, so I made this baby shower card for my sister in law. I used the summer dream double sided stack from DCWV, it's on clearance, unfortunately (fortunately for you, if you find one!). It's beautiful! I hope they do another double sided stack soon :)
I didn't use an envelope, I tied it with a few ribbons.
I used a tutorial to learn how to make easel cards. Here's the link http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/easelcard/

 






            























School is over for now, and I'm so glad to get back to crafting! :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

DT Call at The Paper Variety!

Love the challenges at The Paper Variety!
I would love nothing more than being a part of their design team but with school and work, its really not a possibility for me at the moment. I'll have to settle for entering their challenges once in a while :)
If you would like to be part of an awesome challenge blog, check them out here or click the blinky on the right.
Hope you have a great rest of the day!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

DCWV blog hop!

I'm so excited that DCWV is taking part in the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop!  DCWV is giving away 2 stacks to one lucky winner.
There are over 60 designers participating in the blog hop, so you're sure to bump into something interesting!
 Check it out at http://dcwvinc.blogspot.com/2010/11/sizzix-triple-play-blog-hop-week-1.html

:)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

WOYWW 72

Hello!
I'm so happy about what's on my desk this week! I'm trying altered art, it's my first time and it's so much fun! I can't belive I've never tried this before. I joined this free online class I blogged about it a few days ago. Here's the link if you're intersted http://willowing.ning.com/main scroll down to the middle, where you see the picture of Tam. She's the very kind soul offering this free course. If you'd like, you can scroll down just a little to the Friday, 15 post and watch the video.
Hope you have a great rest of the week :)
Off to check out your desk!




Saturday, October 16, 2010

Rex

So way back in june I started this project, but I didn't get around to finishing it because I was looking for a smaller nose that looked more like a dog nose Well, I never found it, but this is for my friend and she needed it. So I gave up looking and made it with what I had. I like it, it looks ok with the nose I had. I changed the eyes to a brown/black combo.

This is how he begun.



      
   
Meet Rex :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Join me!

I found this awesome online art class for FREE! That's right a free class! If you like mixed media, or want to start (like I do), you might be interested in joining me for this 4 week course. It will be done through pre-recorded videos and pdf files posted on the group website. It starts Oct. 18, it's coming up soon! I'm so excited! Sign up at http://willowing.ning.com/group/theheartofart

Watch the video and see if you're interested:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Name that monkey!

I found this cool contest on some odd girl's blog. She wants you to name that monkey!

http://www.someoddgirl.com/index.php?option=com_jumi&fileid=3&Itemid=60

Go on, check it out, he's very cute! You could even win a prize! What are you waiting for?!
Have fun!

Who is I... Someoddgirl.com

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

WOYWW 70

WoW! 70 and still going strong, that's gotta feel great! Thank you Julia for this wonderful cure to the mid-week slump! In case you don't know, WOYWW is the day when we crafters get to take a snoop at each other's desks and get some tips, ideas from each other. If you want to see some more desks go over to Julia's blog.

Ok, so I did a lot of complaining last week about not having time to craft. I found out that it's true, but it's not so bad. I still get a little in here and there! I did manage to do a layout last week. Look for it in my previous post if you're interested.

So here's what my desk looks like today. I'm showing off some stash I got at Michael's and Marshall's.
I also started working on a layout with some of the new paper, so you can see what I'm thinking about doing here. If you want to put it your 5cents that's great :)


Ok, so what do we have going on here? There's some of the pictures for the LO I'm planning to make. I might use it for a challenge...There's lovely papers and cardstock that were on sale at Michaels, my new craft mat I got there as well. The cute small papers are printed acetate sheets I got at Marshalls. On the top shelf on the right, there are 2 containers of paper 'ribbon' from marshalls as well. So many good deals that I couldn't pass up this week.

On this side of the desk, you see more of the cardstock and the other page for the layout. Not quite sure what I'm going to do with it yet. I do love that 'love bird' print, so cute!
Ok so that's what's going on with my desk this week. It's substantially better than last week! That reminds me, thank you all for your sweet comments! It was great to read your encouraging words!
Ok, let's see what you have going on this wednesday....

Friday, October 1, 2010

Quick and simple

Yay! I found some time to craft!
Here's a quick layout I made for the paper varitey's challenge. "The sky's the limit" was the theme! I couldn't resist using my new birdie papers from DCWV's amber autumn value stack. It has really beautiful designs! 

Here's my entry:
It's a photo of my husand and I at the top of Echo mountain after having hiked for about 3.5 hours! We were tired but we made it to the top! ...and back (another 3.5 hours!)
The photo looks a bit darker in this picture for some reason! It looks much better in real life. The journaling is all over the page, I had so much to say about this wonderful place.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

WOYWW 69

I'm posting this very late on tuesday evening (11pm to be exact!) because I can't post wednesday, my desk won't change at all, I don't want to miss out on WOYWW and because in UK time, it's wednesday already! I hope none of you mind :)
I'm very sad this week. There is no crafty stuff on my desk so I will show you where I keep more of my stash. With work and school, I haven't had time for anything fun lately. School just started again this week and after going to class I can forsee that I will have a lot less time to create :(
Just in case you're wondering, I'm working on my Master's degree in Early Education.
Somewhere, I'm going to have to find time for crafting. If any of you out there have extra time, please send it this way. Lol, I'm sure none of you do, but I dare to dream!
Here's my desk:
I have my books and papers from school. No crafty messes today :(

So I will show you more of my storage area. This shelf is behind my desk. I keep a lot of my embellishments, papers and scrapbooks here. You can see my stack of pretty patterned papers :)
On top of the scrapbooks I also have some fabric I'm hoping to incorporate into my cards and pages!


Here's some of my gift card boxes and cards for sale or with no particular destination yet. 



Thanks for visiting, it's always nice to read your wonderful comments. Hope you enjoyed the tour, I will do better next week and I'll have some craftiness going on on my desk!

Now I'm gonna squeeze in snooping at your desk throughout the week, I do my best to visit as many of you as possible. Happy WOYWW!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Larger than life

This is my entry for the Paper Variety challenge. This week it's a recipe challenge



This was my first recipe challenge and it was really fun! The movie title was already right in the picture. 'Larger than Life' is what they call the Yukon forest between Alaska and Canada. It's the most beautiful and interesting place I've ever been. There are lakes where the water is 2 different shades of blue, a dwarf forest, mountain goats and waterfalls, so many waterfalls! It's the greates place on earth for me.
'Larger than life' is also the title of a movie from way back in '96. When I was looking through my pictures to scrapbook, I saw the one of the Yukon sign and it just came to me 'hey, that's a movie too!'  

I found my backgroung page in the DCWV Taj Mahal stack. I used some prima flowers and a chipboard button I bought a really long time ago in a 99cent package of chipboard shapes. I like good deals!
I did my journaling in the middle because I like the swirls in the corners, the little falling flowers and the open space around the photos.

 


Have a great rest of the weekend, everyone!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The cream in my coffee

I think the inspiration fairy was around tonight, as I managed to finish my LO! I used the black currant stack by DCWV. I've mentioned before, I love the colors and patterns on these papers! Don't you just want to reach through the screen and touch them?!
The title is a stamp from the 'coffe cake' set by TCP studios. It reads 'you're the cream in my coffee.' The cups, muffins and coffee beans are dazzles by paperwishes. I found these cool swirls with black rhinestone accents at michaels for 99cents! As soon as I saw them, I thought of my black currant papers and bought a few packs. They look so good together. I'm happy with the way the LO turned out, it's just what I had in mind!


 Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

WOYWW 68

Hello Everyone!
I can't believe it's Wednesday again, time is flying by so fast!
I'd like to show you some more of my crafting space this week. I share the room with the hubby, so I only get half of it but I guess it's better than nothing!

Here you can see my shelves to the left I'm still moving stuff around. I don't think I've made the best use of the space I have.

I just got this flower area put together last weekend. I'm so excited! I love flowers. The basket on the right has border punches and wood stamps but I don't like my stamps in the basket...any ideas on how else to store them in the shelf?
The magazine files next to the  basket have acrylic stamp sets inside. I made the files out of cereal boxes and covered them with leftover shelf liner.


Here's a close up of what's on my desk:
I've been working on this page about coffee....as many of you know, I'm a big fan. So often there are pictures of me and hubby drinking java (that's what we're doing in the pic). I'm using the black currant stack by DCWV. It's really beautiful and I was so anxious to use it. I think it's great with black and white pictures because the paper colors are so strong and rich.
LOL...I just noticed...there's ribbon on the rack, in the straw basket, in the white basket under the straw basket, in one of the glass jars to the left, and in at least 2 places under my desk!!! LOL...oh boy, do I have a problem!

Ok, now I'm off to see your crafting space!

~ Happy WOYWW!

{If you're wondering just what the heck WOYWW is, click the button on the right to find out and join in!}

Mobile blogging

I've set up mobile posting. I hope it works fine. Now I can catch you guys up on anything interesting or post in a jiffy! This is a test post. Just trying it out :) Enjoy the picture! I took it this summer. Can you spot the cool little rainbow? It hasn't even rained in a while. What a nice surprise!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

LoVe Layout

Hello!
This is my page for The Paper Variety's first challenge. They're a cool new weekly challenge blog with prizes and lots of other cool features. Make sure to check them out! This week it's a sketch challenge and it's a really good one that makes for an interesting layout and can be used for cards also. The picture in my LO is one DH and I took in Bordeaux on our recent trip to France. I loved the colored lighting by the street lamps as well as the view. It's not too clear in this picture, but it's the view of the Garonne river bridge lit up. We put the camera on the step behind us and hugged, it was the first time we've taken a picture from the back. It turned out interesting!
(Sorry about the crooked pic, it's been a crazy weekend so far!)


 

Here's the sketch:
I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A card for Spyder's Didi Digi Challenge

This card is for a challenge over at spyder's corner. I got this cool digi after participating in her last challenge :) Thanks Lyn! The yellow roses are from my new stash that was on my desk on my last post, they're from Michaels. The scalloped circle is actually the packaging for some paper flowers I bought at Target years ago. I traced it and cut it out, nothing fancy there! The mouse is colored with the new markers that were on my desk wednesday too. I used the blender pen to fill in the mouse and the paper got all scratched up and linty, but I liked it because it made him look fuzzy. The background is colored with chalk inks and I inked all the edges brown. The ribbon on the edge actually works as a tie to keep the card closed.

Although I decided to make a thank you card, I think this mouse is so versatile and can be used with many sentiments. It occurs to me he or she? would make a very cute 'just for you' image on a card or even an 'I'm sorry' one...hope I never have to make one of those! I'm thinking it could even be used in a scrapbook page that has something to do with receiving flowers or a special occasion. Hope you join in on the challege here.



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

WOYWW 67

Hello WOYWWers!
Here's what's on my desk today...actually I took the pictures last night (Shhh!).


To all of you who were green with envy over my clean desk- let's all go be jealous of someone else's clean desk this week!

I have a cold and have been feeling horrible since sunday night. I haven't done anything else since then. I haven't even wanted to tidy up my desk.

The sewing machine and thread have been there since the weekend when I was working on that harvest card on the left.

The flowers and markers are new stash that I bought on tuesday....Shopping is the best medicine! lol.
I finished the harvest card on monday. It will go to my sister sometime soon. She celebrates the harvest and not halloween.
It's my first easel card! Here's a close up:


I decided to show a little more this week....this is what's under my desk:

On the far left I store my canvases and my 12x12 folder for storing big sticker sheets and such. Then we have that yellow bag where I keep my gift bags. Next is a box for my paints and brushes, on top of that is a ribbon storage box for the ribbons I don't use often and on top of that you can see my box for puffy paints and my apron.

The drawers on the right are where I keep more ribbon....hmmm....I think I love ribbon more than I know! (as many of you know, I also have a ribbon rack on top of my desk). In the drawers I also keep some small brushes and souveniers like brochures and tickets that will go on my scrapbook pages. On top of the drawers I have a red and gold box to keep my scraps of hand made and specialty papers. Finally, on top of the red box I have some coordinating kits waiting to be used :)

phew! That was whole bunch of stuff! Thanks for keeping up...and Thanks for visiting! Now I'm off to see what's on your desk!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Perfect pear page

I had some pear paper, came accross a pear stamp and decided it was too much coincidence!

I chose a  picture I love and here's what I came up with. The color of the background paper was a little dark and distressed so I used a black and white picture and distressed a lot of the elements on the page. It was missing a little something, so I took out my little sewing machine and sewed on some strips of fabric. I gathered them as I went and I'm happy with how it turned out. I can't believe I had this little machine way in the back of my shelf gathering dust! I think there will be more stitching in my projects from now on!

The picture is from our recent trip to france. We were in bordeaux standing close the the mirroir d'eau. It was raining that day so we decided to take b&w pictures.

lol my journaling is so crooked! I need to work on that!

I used perfect pearl powders on the small pears as well as the pear images on the paper. In real life, they have a shimmer to them. You can't see that in the pictures :(





the 'together' clip was so white, I used some brown ink and applied it with my finger, so easy! the shimmery copper ink is a brilliance pad.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Christmas card challenge #40

Wow, I'm so glad to be able to get back to christmas card challenges! I try to join in at least once a month, but lately I haven't been in a very christmassy mood. Last night, I finally got some christmas inspiration and  made this for the clean and simple challenge:

I used perfect pearl powders to make the paper shiny. The sentiment is a stamped image that I cut out and the ornament is a Dazzle from paperwishes. It was a quick card too, about 20 minutes, love that!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

WOYWW 66

I find myself looking forward to wednesdays so I can have a peek at what's going on on people's desk around the world! It certainly helps to have something fun to look forward to in the middle of the work week! Thanks Julia, you're a genious!

Here's what's on my desk today:
I finished the accordion album I was working on for my friend. It goes in this little tin can, which I managed to finish too! yay! Let's see....what else is on my desk?...Oh, my new martha stewart circle cutter, which I was trying out last night. So far it's working pretty good. The little pink container next to the green bucket wasn't visible before but it holds odds and ends like pieces of ribbon and die cuts I changed my mind about and didn't use. My starbucks cup got a new sleeve and that's it  today because I cleaned up my desk after I finished my project!  


So here's the trick behind my mp3 player starbucks cup:



It's called MAI coffee speaker and you plug your mp3 player into the top, which fits regular coffee cups. So you can use your favorite brand! I'm not advertising, I just thought you would be interested to know how it works! It was a gift from my hubby, so I don't know where to get it. I suppose you can google it if you're interested :)

Ok, off to see what's on your desk!

If you stumbled upon this and want to know what this is all about click on the WOYWW button on the right  column to find out! >>>

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Card for Spyder's House Mouse Challenge

So here's what I did with the digi image that was on my desk yesterday. I really enjoyed coloring this image. I used markers, colored pencils, chalk inks and perfect pearl powders. In person, you can see that the mushroom top and the little mouse have a pearly glow. I had a lot of fun making this card and I think it's just perfect for my friend's little daughter. I haven't seen her in a while and since she's reading now, I think she'll enjoy getting a card in the mail.

This card is also for Spyder's House Mouse Challenge, if you want to get in on it, go over to her blog:
http://spyder-spyderscorner.blogspot.com/2010/08/spyders-house-mouse-challenge.html  

Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

WOYWW

Here's what's on my desk today:
Today I'm working on coloring a digi stamp I got at
http://spyder-spyderscorner.blogspot.com/ It's a little mushroom house for a mouse. It's too cute!
I'm gonna try to make it shimmery with some perfect pearl powder! I have a jar to stash my chocolates now. That way I don't have to stare at them all the time. and the starbucks cup is not really coffee, it's my mp3 player in disguise! Clever, huh?!
Oh..next to the digi stamp I have some dazzle stickers from paper wishes! beautiful, I just want to keep looking at them! Now I'm off to see your workdesk!...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What's on your workdesk Wednesday? http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/2010/08/whats-on-your-workdesk-wednesday-64.html


This is what's on my desk today. I've been working on an accordion book for a friend. She was kind enough to show us around on our recent trip to France. She asked me to send her the pictures we took together, so I'm sending her this little book of our travels together too. Hope she likes it!
What's on your workdesk today?

Um....$5 for a cardboard magazine holder?!!! I don't think so...

This last weekend I went looking for magazine holders. I never really bought new ones. They just somehow ened up at my place...I suspect my husband had them before we got married. Anyway...I saw the price and I said...uh, no! I can make that for free! So I made this one:
I used a cereal box and some shelf liner my friend gave me, I really like the pattern! I lined the inside with sturdy cardboard, cause the cereal boxes are kinda flimsy. I also lined the inside with more shelf liner to make it look more finished. It didn't take any time at all. probably half an hour or less. oh the starbucks cup to the left is not really coffee. It's my mp3 player! : )






Here it is full of magazines:
I love it and I'm making more to hold my big sets of acrylic stamps. Come to think of it....I can make mini ones for my little dollar acrylic stamps....hmm....













 I'm going to try and scrapbook on the next ones. Maybe add some flowers and ribbons, some tags for labeling. I guess I could use spray adhesive and scrapbook paper to cover them.

Hope you think about recycling some boxes and making your own!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Blog candy

oh my!  How generous! Amy is giving away 1000 sheets of paper and some stamps. Check out her blog:


http://athousandsheetsofpaper.blogspot.com/2010/08/1000-sheets-for-thousand-sheets.html


Very cool of her, isn't it?

Monday, August 23, 2010

what happened to the bookshelf? and quick candy bar covers

So here's what I did with the bookshelf:

I used some of the sticky wall paper to cover the shelves and the front trim. Some of my scrappy things will be on the third and 4th shelves. As you can see I haven't finished reorganizing yet...





















A quick project:
I made these wrappers for candy bars to thank my friends who helped me out with this bookshelf. I wanted to give them a little something...They love chocolate (who doesn't?). So I made it a little more personal.








I made the wrappers using DCWV's paper stacks 6 and 7. I love these stacks so many papers in one stack with so many different themes and designs! I also used prima flowers and a star stamp. I made the wrapper on the left more 3D by cutting out coordinating designs from another piece of paper and sticking them on with foam dots. The text is done on the computer.

Hope you're having a wonderful day :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Blank Canvas

So we needed another bookshelf because the ones we have right now are getting pretty full. Plus I wanted a place to put some baskets that can hold some of my scrapbooking things. I looked at a whole bunch of stores and finally I decided to give craigslist a try. I found one, and got it for $25! It needed a lot of cleaning but it was worth it.

Now I can feel free to play with it as much as I want. The original plan was to cover one side of it with cork and maybe put some thin molding around it to make my own frame for the board. Now I'm thinking about stenciling some nice black scroll or swirl designs all over. 


Here's the bookshelf all cleaned up!




















Then a friend gave me this beautiful shelf liner...










What to do?....what to do?....

All I know is that it's so much fun to have such a big blank canvas to work with!
Don't you just love that feeling?!