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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Hand Made flowers at Craft-Room Challenge

I just love making flowers but I had never made these before so this challenge at Craft-Room Challenge was a good time to have a go. They are a great way to use up oddments of ribbon and bits and bobs for the centres. The petals are made one at a time just with two simple folds of a piece of ribbon and the leaves are just made the same as one petal. I couldn't find a tutorial for them but I am sure there will be one somewhere. I got the idea from some flowers my daughter gave to me a while ago.


I found a tutorial for flowers almost the same as these here

Christmas without red or green

Loved this challenge at Oldie but Goodie. I have had the stamp set of a border and middles that can be changed, for years and never used any of it before so it was nice to see that it looked ok on this card. A great challenge and made me think what colours I could use that were different.


Friday, 25 November 2011

Favourite Shape

This week at Just for Fun we are challenge to make something using our favourite shape and mine is squares. Everything I make at the moment has to be a Christmas as the time is hurry along and I still have some to make.

Enjoyed making this and used lot of messy ink and recycled an old card.

The Da Vinci Code

This time at Dragon's Dream TIO the film theme continues with the Da Vinci Code

Oh Dear! I am loathe to say that I am not a Da Vinci fan especially as I am in the presence of someone who is so enthusiastic. After going to the Louvre in Paris many years ago and almost missing the Mona Lisa as it is a lot smaller than I imagined, I have since become even more disenchanted. I read the book-I saw the film and both left me wondering why? The best thing about the film was the Lincoln cathedral and how it had been 'made-up' for the film. I have been there many times and it is a nice place to visit.

I haven't any stamps of Da Vinci at all but I did have a topper sent to me years ago in a topper swap--I keep everything lol. Pleased I found something as I do enjoy the challenges here.



My favourite artist is David Hockney who lives just around the corner from me. I went to see his big trees painting(s) a few weeks ago and could have stayed looking at it for days. It is good that we all have different tastes and art continues to grow in many directions.

Monday, 21 November 2011

China Town

I seem to be playing catch-up this week and haven't been really happy with a lot of the things I have made :(

At Dragon's Dream TIO the challenge is to make an Asian themed tag.

I used two of my stamps and tried to emboss them with white but I am still not very good at all at embossing. They do say practice makes perfect but any tips will be appreciated.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Let it Snow

Two of may favourite blogs have Let it Snow as there challenge for this week.

Oldie but Goodie and Moving Along With The Times

The card is A4 size which I don't usually attempt but my daughter loves big cards. The stamp is a very old one called igloo from Lili of the Valley Collection.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Favourite technique

This week at Just for Fun it is to make something using your favourite technique. I just love to use folders and my Cuttlebug. These are a lot more versatile than people think. I use them in different ways and by just doing parts of a paper or card with bits of a few folders you can make more interesting patterns or use two different folders on the same piece-one on top of the other. An equal favourite is Distressed inks so I have used both on this card. Heck I always get in such a mess when I use those :(

Monday, 14 November 2011

Bingo and Sketch challenges

I have never done a craft bingo challenge before so loved this one at Craft Your Days Away. I chose the row with a charm, flowers and a tag to add to my card.

Also I used the sketch at Sketch Saturday as I do like to follow the sketches there to make a card

Friday, 11 November 2011

Favourite Colour

This is a challenge at Just for Fun and I so enjoyed making my piece for the challenge. I bought 5 calendar tabs on Wednesday and wasn't sure why--that's crafters for ya!

Well I am a purple nut! Anything from the palest mauve to the deepest purple and I'm happy :)


Here is my finished calendar and I glittered a real leaf from the garden with some purple glitter. The calendar looks a bit squiffy on the picture but it isn't in real life I was pointing the camera upwards.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Letters to Juliet

At Dragon's Dream TIO it is all romance this week with Letters to Juliet as the theme.

Seeing as how it is dull, damp and dark here today I thought a bit of romance would be a nice subject to think about so I made this tag. 'Soul meets soul on lover's lips'. I thought I would put this here so you don't have to stand sideways to see what it says :)

Tag using Peel-offs

The challenge this time at Try It On Tuesday is to use peel-offs on a tag. I am never quite sure what to do with large peel-offs and have had this circle one for ages. I coloured parts of the peel-offs to make them look more interesting but first I stamped the background with some Japanese stamps.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Saturday Sketch and One stop Craft Challenge

Lovely sketch at Sketch Saturday as always and it is a great way to make cards you need.

Also I wanted to enter a card for the the challenge at One Stop Craft Challenges as it is the third anniversary there. The challenge was to use lots of threesomes on your project. I used  3 flowers, 3 hearts and three words on the sentiment.


The hearts are silver mirror card but the reflection of me and my cardigan make them look another colour.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Favourite Stamp

This week at Just for Fun the challenge is to use your favourite stamp to make something. This butterfly has always been my favourite and it was one of the first stamps I ever bought. It is so easy to use and never seems to have a line out of place how ever many images you stamp--this is amazing for me cause I am such a messy stamper :(

I coloured lots of the images and then stuck them around a circle with a silver middle. Pushed a pin through the whole thing and stuck the pin through the wood on the unit. If you give it a twirl it spins around like a windmill. How useful is that ? lol

Buttons and Bows

Buttons and Bows are the challenge at Oldie but Goodie this time. I realised that it is a very long time since I used any of my medallion stamps that I bought when I first started stamping. I have stamped the image three times and decoupage different parts it. Then left blank because I think it could be used for lots of ocassions.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

For a Man

Not something I have to make too often than goodness as I don't seem to have many ideas for male cards

As the Craft-Room Challenge is 'For a Man' I thought I would have a go.