Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday friends at The Outlawz

Hello all!
Another Friday, another challenge from The Outlawz and the fab Friday colouring DT are asking you to celebrate Friendship Day (the 1st Sunday in August) with a friendship inspired creation.  We recently changed from just Alcohol Markers to any form of colouring medium but you must have a hand -coloured image as the main part of your creation.

               For the month of August, we are being sponsored by the wonderful Bombshell Stamps with a prize of a digi set so get those entries in!   I used a digi from All Dressed Up and my Copics for my card, adding a computer printed sentiment and a co-ordinating card mat.

                                          Entering this into the challenges at 4 Crafty Chicks, Addicted to Stamps, Addicted to CAS, The Crafter's Cafe and Divas by Design.

Thanks for popping in!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Celebrate with butterflies.

Hello all!
Time Out challenges has got another fabulous challenge up and running for you and this fortnight we're being sponsored by DT member Shery and the wonderful Stamplorations !


       Our theme for this challenge is "Celebrations" with the optional twist of adding butterflies and  the prizes on offer are  -  1 stamp set for the entry that has the twist (butterflies)
                    - 1 stamp set for the entry that has a STAMPlorations stamp (with or without the twist)

      What more do you need to get you to enter?  

    For my card I decided to create my own butterfly using a variety of heart stamps that I had in my stash.  When you put heart shapes on their side, they look like the wings of butterflies - well they do in my world anyway!  I had been crafting with my 2 nieces over the weekend and they were getting very messy with all my inks and were using more than 1 colour on a stamp.  When I saw how good it looked, I decided to try it out on this card so my inspiration came from a 6 year old and a 4 year old this week!
      I decided to fussy cut around the edge of the wings on one side just to make it stand out a bit more and simply added a stamped sentiment and some black gems for the body of the butterfly.

    Please excuse the poorly composed photos of recent posts but I have yet to make my lightbox and find a good window/light source to take my snaps.  My previous homemade lightbox didn't survive the shipping and I just haven't got around to making another one yet - I'll add it to the list of things to do!

        Entering this into the challenges at Through the Craftroom Door , Addicted to Stamps , Inky Impressions , Simon Says Stamp and Whimsy Stamps.

      Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas in July

Hello all,
it's the end of the month colouring challenge over at The Outlawz this week and that means an optional twist of making a Christmas card.  For the whole of this month we have been sponsored by All Dressed Up stamps, with a fabulous prize of 2 digis of the winner's choice so get those cards coming in!
      As we have now changed from just alcohol markers to any colouring medium, I decided to try using something different this week.  I have a few Distress Markers that I haven't really used much yet so I picked out a Christmas stamp by Stampendous and stamped it onto some watercolour paper.  I only have a few colours of the Distress Markers so when the image came out fairly muted, I decided to add a few touches of red to jazz it up a bit!

              I fussy cut the image and placed it on some vellum, adding a computer printed sentiment.  It's another very CAS style card and I'm sticking to my excuse of not having all my craft bits to hand yet!

                                  Entering this into the challenges at Aud SentimentsCreative Knockouts, Southern Girls, Crafting for all Seasons and Hambo Hoedown.   Please take some time to check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the Outlawz DT - Carla, Penny and Kathi.

Thanks for popping in!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Midway reminder for Time Out challenges.

Hello all,
I missed the boat for the beginning of the current challenge at Time Out but I'm here with a reminder that you still have another week until the challenge ends.  We're asking you to take inspiration from a photo -
  it could be the colours that inspire you, the stripes, the bunting, anything you like :)  Add your creation and you could get picked for a guest DT spot!

      I'm on the CAS train with my card.  Partly because I still haven't unpacked all my crafty bits and partly because the crafting side of my brain seems to have gone on holiday somewhere!  Anyway I used a couple of freebie stamps (I think they were from Craft Stamper magazine) and some gelatos to make my card, finishing off with a Versamark stamped sentiment.  Very CAS!

      Entering this into the challenges at Fan-tastic Tuesday , Crafty Girls , The Crafter's Cafe , Inky Impressions and The Male Room.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday colouring challenge with The Outlawz.

Hello all!
well this week completely got away from me!  I can't believe that it's Friday again and I very nearly forgot to do this blog post - oops!  Anyway it's a colour challenge for you this week over at The Outlawz Colouring group - remember that you don't have to just use alcohol markers now, we want to see all your colouring mediums on line drawn images, digital or hand stamped.
        The colour palette is a pretty range of soft, muted colours, (photo courtesy of Design Seeds), and you don't need to match them exactly - we just want to be able to recognise that you did use them!

   For my card I used a Tiddly Inks digi and kept it CAS by just adding a Cameo cut word as the sentiment and a pearl stick-on for the picture frame to hang on.   The 'hello' has been my go to sentiment lately as it just seems to cover a multitude of occasions.

                   Entering this into the challenges at  Tiddly Inks , Addicted to Stamps , Crafty Girls , As You Like It , Charisma Cardz and Little Miss Muffet.

Thanks for popping in!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Back on board with blogging!

Hello all!
well, it has been a long time since I hit the "New Post" button here!  After a 3 week vacation while our worldly belongings were chugging across the Atlantic, we then arrived back at our house near Cambridge and have spent the last few weeks in a flurry of cleaning, redecorating, shopping, and unpacking.  The house now looks as if it's ours again and although we still have to tackle the jungle that exists at the the front and back of the house, we can actually see the wood for the trees or in our case, the fields through the cut grass!
    As it's a Friday, that means it's time for another challenge over at The Outlawz and there's been a change for the Friday group - we are now a colouring group without restrictions, not just alcohol markers so we're hoping to see more of you join in the fun.  Our sponsor this month is All Dressed Up , with a generous prize of 2 digis  - another great reason to play along!

        The theme this week is "At the Beach/Pool" so dig out those stamps or digis and join in!  For my card, I kept it simple and used a digi from Create with TLC , a pair of flip-flops and a Silhouette Cameo cut-out sentiment.

I added a few ink splatters and a couple of stick-on pearls just to jazz it up a bit.  Entering this into the challenges at Addicted to Stamps and More , Crafting with Dragonflies , Fab 'n' Funky , Ruby's Rainbow , Whimsy Stamps , Crafty Girls and Charisma Cardz.

Thanks so much for popping in!  I'm looking forward to visiting all my favourite blogs and seeing what everyone has been up to over the last few weeks :)

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Colour challenge at The Outlawz.

Hello all!
This is a scheduled post that I wrote last week as I wasn't sure I would have time to do so now (if you get what I mean!)    Anyway, hopefully we landed back in the UK yesterday after a fantastic vacation taking in Yellowstone, Monument Valley and other sights in Utah, Nevada, Montana and Wyoming.  We now need to stock up on new electrical appliances and a complete food pantry for our English house and wait for all our belongings and furniture to arrive after being shipped across the Atlantic!!  We also need to get an internet connection set up so I can start blog visiting and commenting again - it's been a while......

                    So, on to the challenge from The Outlawz Alcohol Markers DT and this week, it's a colour challenge using this palette as inspiration - 

          We're being sponsored this month by Delicious Doodles with a great prize of 4 digis for the random winner - great incentive to join in.
                     For my card, I used a Dilly Beans digi, coloured with Copics and added a flourish and sentiment cut using my Silhouette Cameo, adding all of these onto a patterned cardstock base.

Thanks for stopping by and hanging in there with my endless whinges about all that is involved in moving home from one country to another.  My life will soon be settling down to some sort of normality again!