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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Another Silver and White One...

Hi Folks,

Tonight's card is another silver and white one, this time it was made for my nephew's wedding yesterday!  We had a super time at the wedding which was held in an country house hotel just outside Inverness and we wish the happy couple well for their future together.  The groom is from Rab's side of the family and it was nice to meet up with my sister in law's partner's family for the first time!  Len is one of seven so there was no shortage of new folk to meet lol!

My card is quite similar to the one I made recently for the Silver Wedding Anniversary we were at last weekend but I've gone for a stamped and embossed image this time instead of a die-cut.

The stamp I've used is by Indigo Blu, I've been hankering after something like this for a while.  I love this stamp range and I'm pretty sure this won't be my last purchase!  I stamped the image using a Versa Mark clear pad then heat embossed with silver Papermania embossing powder.  I've done the same with the LOTV sentiment too.  I've kept it quite simple with some die cut hearts made with a Stampin' Up Embosslits set then added a silver organza bow topped with a large gem.  White pearls and silver glitter dome stickers finish it off.
I think I've had enough of the white and silver CAS look for a while, I've been shopping in Hobbycraft today and bought loads of bright embellishments so expect to see something very bold and colourful from me next!!!
I wish to enter my card into the following challenges:

Friday, 26 July 2013

Christmas in July

Hi folks,

Well that's another working week over and just one week left until I have a fortnight off work woop woop!  Rab is off next week to look after Iona as her holiday club is now finished and I know it is going to be hard tearing myself out of bed and heading to work next week knowing they are both off without me boo :(

Today's card is another for my Christmas stock, I've been neglecting Christmas lately but I've had a few weddings, birthdays, etc to craft for and they've taken priority!

I've used Papermania Home for Christmas papers, distressed and finished with faux stitching and I've teamed them with a Forever Friends Topper mounted on a die cut scalloped oval.  I've also added a sentiment sticker by East of India from John Lewis, mounted on die cut circles and added a die cut snowflake using my new Die-licious set of dies.  Some pearls, card candi and buttons finish off my card.

I wish to enter my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - 134 Stitching Real or Faux
Crafting for all Seasons - #57 Christmas in July
Crafting By Designs - Christmas in July
Robyn's Fetish Challenge - #169 Christmas in July
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - July

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Silver Wedding Anniversary

Hi folks,

Wow, what a hot day we've had up here in Inverness.  My car was parked in the shade this afternoon but it still registered 31C when I got in it after work!  I had Iona's pal round for tea and a play date after work so they kept themselves entertained and I got some time to myself for a change. 

This is a card I made last week for a friend and her husband's Silver Wedding Anniversary.  She is my oldest friend, even though we aren't the closest now we always enjoy catching up with each other and recounting memories.  The party was fantastic and the happy couple renewed their vows in a Humanist ceremony.  We all really enjoyed ourselves and even Rab was up dancing!

I've used a Marianne 'Winter Birds' die as the focal point of the card and have mounted it on white iridescent cardstock and white and silver paper which have both been layered with embossed silver cardstock. The heat embossed sentiment is by LOTV and I've mounted it on a die cut scalloped circle and I've finished off the card with silver grey organza ribbon, die cut hearts made with a Stampin' Up Embosslits set, glitter dome stickers, white pearls and glitter number stickers.

I hope it starts to cool down soon or sleeping may be a problem.  This may not be the last you see of me tonight!!!


I wish to enter my card in the following challenge:

Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - use 2 or more die cuts

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Daydream Cassie


It's stupid o'clock and I'm just back from a Silver Wedding party with Rab and Iona (card to follow later) but I've a busy day planned tomorrow so thought I'd take the opportunity to post just now.

Tonight's card is one I made to try out some of my new My Minds Eye papers.  I've hankered after these bad boys for a while and even though I'm trying to cut down on buying stash, I just had to have them!

The papers are Miss Caroline Dolled Up and I love the bright colours and patterns on them.  I've coloured in a Sugar Nellie stamped image called Daydream Cassie with Promarkers to match the papers and I've added different toning shades of cardstock for layering and the lacey circle die-cuts.  I've added faux stitching with a fine Letraset pen for added detail.  The sentiment is by LOTV and the die-cut picket fence is from Marianne.  The card is finished off with turquoise spotty organza ribbon layered over mesh, pearls and a mix of several kinds of buttons and flowers - resin, paper, ricrac, etc.

I wish to enter my card into the following challenges:

Sugar Bowl Challenge - #105 Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - #28 Girly
I Love Promarkers - #177 Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - #16

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

40th Birthday Card

Good evening,

It's another lovely evening here in Inverness, the sky looks like it has been threatening rain since Sunday but I'm pleased to say the threat has been the worst of it so far.  Just as well the weather held my pal had a barbecue on Sunday to celebrate her 40th birthday it was a fantastic end to her busy birthday weekend.  A few of us went out for drinks (and karaoke!) on Friday night then she was whisked off to the Scottish Open Golf Tournament at nearby Castle Stuart on Saturday then the big Barbie for friends and family on Sunday.  She really made the most of turning 40 and as they say life begins now so she's started as she means to go on!

Tonight's offering is a quick card I made for her, I wasn't organised enough to make anything too elaborate but I couldn't bring myself to buy a mass produced shop bought one either so this is what I came up with.

I've used a Lucy Cromwell topper as the main focus of the card and the sentiment and the cupcake paper is from the same range.  The spotty paper is a freebie one and the other is from the Parkstone Pink Capsule Collection by Docrafts.  I've layered everything up with blue and pink cardstock and the doorplate die I've used is by X-cut.  I've added glittered number stickers which I bought from Tesco a long long time ago and I've coloured them blue with a Promarker to match the rest of the card.  The card is completed by glitter dome stickers, lilac spotty organza ribbon and pearls in two shades.

I wish to enter my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons Challenge - #52 Anything Goes With Ribbon
Creative Craft Challenges 2 - #14 Numbers
Happy Campers Challenge - #19 Bling
Sister Act Card Challenge - #15 Anything Goes

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Me To You - Thank You

Hi there,

Well it's been a busy old day.  My daughter insisted we went to the Next sale this morning, nothing unusual there except she wanted to go as soon as it opened at 5am!!!  We didn't make it for then but weren't far behind at 5.40am.  Now considering I was out for a few hours last night for my pals 40th getting up that early was no mean feat!  Iona is getting very keen on fashion and had some Next vouchers to spend and luckily she got a few things she wanted and made the early start worthwhile!  After that we came back home and went to bed for a couple of hours and got up at a more reasonable time for a Saturday morning.  In the afternoon we took Auntie Winnie to a Strawberry Tea at the nearby Sheltered Housing and sampled some lovely homebakes and I even found some backing papers to buy on the bric a brac stall!  This evening we went to the Moscow State Circus which was really enjoyable, I'm just glad we left it until tonight as the weather is now much cooler.  The big top must have been stifling in the heat.  Iona really enjoyed herself and this has gone down as one of her 'best days ever'.  Needless to say she was very tired tonight and actually asked to go to bed which is a bit of a novelty!

Anyway, I've blethered enough so onto my card.  This is a Thank You card I've made for the ladies on the sheltered housing social club committee who have been so kind to Auntie Winnie since she took the stroke at New Year.  They have been fantastic with visits, cards, phone calls, etc and at their AGM this year they made her a honorary member.

Almost everything I've used has come from Docrafts.  The only extras are the card blank and twine.  The decoupage, papers, brad and sentiment are all from the Me To You (Tatty Teddy) range and I've added pink capsule collection cardstock for the matting and layering and the die-cut doiley which was made using an x-cut die.  Some white organza Anita's ribbon and capsule collection gems complete the card.

I'm yawning away while posting this so sleep is next on the agenda, goodnight all xx

I wish to enter my card into the following challenges:

Crazy Challenges - #149 Without Stamps
Love to Create Challenge - #73 Ribbon & Bling
Cutie Pie Challenge - #48 Cute & Cuddly

Saturday, 6 July 2013

A 1st Birthday Card

Good evening,

Well, what a fantastic Summer's day it has been here.  Unfortunately we spent quite a lot of time in the car travelling to Whitehills in Aberdeen-shire to visit a little girl, who appropriately enough is called Summer, who will be one on Wednesday.  There are no real family ties to me as she is on my Aunt's in-laws side of the family but Iona says she's her little cousin and who are we to argue!  Anyway, the drive was worth it to see both Summer (and the rest of the family) and have a lovely walk along the beach and collect some shells.  Apparently I picked up one that is very lucky known as a 'Johnny Groat' so I'd better check my lottery numbers after this lol.  Oh, and I managed a quick stop off at Cullen Crafts to pick up some lovely new crafty supplies, you know I think I was running short...

Tonight's card is for Summer's first birthday.

The images are by LOTV and I've coloured them with Promarkers before die-cutting them using the out of the box technique.  It was the first time I've tried this technique and I was a bit nervous about trying it out so late at night in case I had to go and colour again from scratch if I went wrong but I held my nerve and they came out ok thankfully! I've mounted them on pink and turquoise coredinations cardstock and I've used X-cut and Spellbinders dies for this.  The papers used are all by Papermania and they are a mix of Me To You Spring Chic and I think the floral one is Lucy Cromwell, I'm not 100% sure as it was given to me by a crafty pal.  I've trimmed the card with heavy cotton lace and Dovecraft ric rac as well as a spotty organza ribbon bow topped with satin buds also by Papermania.  Some pearls and gems and a sentiment produced on the PC finish it off.

I wish to enter my card in the following challenges:

Ideas to Inspire - Pretty in Pink Challenge
Ladybugs Crafts Ink Challenge - Birthdays
Created With Love Challenges - #48 For The Girls
Whoopsi Daisy - Lets Get Girly

Monday, 1 July 2013

Christmas Sketch


Honestly where has the weekend gone?  I had a half day on Friday so in theory the weekend was longer but in reality it has just flown!!  Again in theory (theory is great lol) I had plenty of time to prepare a card for the Monday Sketch Challenge over at the Docrafts website but in the end I had to settle for something CAS in order to take part as time is slipping away and it finishes tomorrow.  Mind you I think it is quicker and easier to make a card from a sketch as the whole thought process for the layout is taken out of your hands although I did opt to rotate the sketch so I suppose I had a hand in the process!

The papers are Papermania Noel which I've used to death but still love as they are slightly glittery (the photo doesn't do them justice) and I've lightly distressed the edges by running scissors along them (a tip I picked up on Create & Craft even before I ventured into cardmaking but don't try this with sharp decoupage scissors or the like!).  The topper is also from the Noel collection and I've added some baker's twine and buttons from the Brights Capsule Collection.  To finish off I've added some card candi and gems.

It's really late now so I'd better catch some ZZZZs before work tomorrow!

Shona xx