Friday, 25 June 2010

For the Males

Well a big thank you to team PD for picking my entry as number 2 in the Nursery Rhyme challange.  Its always nice to hear that others like what you are doing as I often look at my creations and think - it will do!  So thanks again.

Spurred on by my 2nd place I have decided to have a go at the male themed card.  Its my Dad's birthday next month so what better person to make a card for than your dad!  So here it is:

All the papers and toppers come from Candy Doodles. 

I have attached the dad toppers with foam pads so that they stand out and have finished the card off with some black raffia and a Happy Birthday dome sticker from PaperMania.  Once again the hard work in this card was done by Nikky in the design for her CD. 


Baby Baby

I have been asked to make a card for friends of my parents for the forthcoming addition of twins to their family.  I have a die cut of a baby head but always find it difficult to use them as you either have to create a body or it looks like a floating head on a page - not a good look!  So I have come up with this:

I was inspired by an image from Kirsty Wiseman's Colour Me Crazy cd of a baby all tucked up in a blanket.  So I thought I would recreate this using die cuts!  I am so please with the results and I thought I would share it with you.

The base was made using a nestie oval die, cut twice the second piece I cut into sections and I used the Martha Stewart doily lace punch and then layered it all up.  The baby head was cut from white card and coloured using promarkers. 

I have not actually finished the card yet and better get a move on as they are coming into this world on Tuesday.  Just thought I would share this with you.  Vx

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Two Little Dickie Birds

This is my entry for the current Polka Doodles Blog challenge:

The theme for this weeks challenge is Nursery Ryhmes.  Again all my original thoughts had been so wonderfully done by the DT members so I came up with the idea of the Two Little Dickie Birds! I thought that I would try and recreate this little ditty by making my birds 'fly away':

I achieved this by creating pull tabs and levers which are attached to the birds.  By moving the 'tweet' tabs up and down, the birds appear and disappear!  I had so much fun making this card!

All of the elements for this card were printed from the Polka Doodles - Not for the Girls cd.  Anyway I have to go as my youngest has just woken from a nap.  If you would like more info on how I made this just leave me a message and I will get back to you!

Tweet Tweet. Vx

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Red and Black

Well I have had another eventful week here.  Hubby was away with work again leaving me all on my lonesome with 3 children.  I am actually getting used to him being away now and it means that I can craft in the evening without feeling guilty about it!  However, on Wednesday evening I could really have done with him being at home... the first part of my red and black story:

Part 1 - My daughter had a fall in her bedroom and smacked her face off the end of her bed!  Ouch!!  I was getting my youngest ready for bed when I heard the thud and resulting scream.  I called NHS 24 asking for advice and was told that it would be up to 3 hours before someone would call back.  Ok I though they are busy and they obviously deemed that our case was not urgent.  So I duly waited up with my daughter until 11pm and having waited 3 hours since the bump thought it was now safe to get ready for bed and wait for the call. 

Part 2 - How wrong could I be.... at 11.15pm NHS called back.  "It's common practice that all children with head injuries are sent to hospital to be checked out so can you  please make your way there now...." argh ..... why could they not have told me that 3 hours earlier when all my children were up and dressed?  So I saw Red but somehow managed to keep my cool.

To cut a really long story short, the cavalry arrived so that I could just take my daughter along to the hospital and not have to wake the other 2.  Got home at 2.30am!  She is fine now and enjoying all the attention she is getting whilst showing off her 'stitch'!

Part 3 - Don't know if it was as a result of our experience but my latest card took on a red, black and grey theme!  I have made this card for my in-law's wedding anniversary and anniversary is the theme of the Polka Doodles challenge.  The card had to be modern/retro and this is my take on it:

The grey checked backing paper is taken from Polka Doodles Not for the Girls.  I have punched red and black card stock with a Martha Stewart checkerboard punch as I felt that this complimented the Rennie McIntosh stamp (which was bought from a fab stamp shop in York called Mark Your Mark).  I coloured in the stamped image using promarkers.

I added a bit of dimension to the stamped image by stamping the image again and fixing it onto the original image with foam pads.  The sentiment is a deco font downloaded from dafont and has been embelished with ruby gems!  Wish I had thought of this idea before as it was their Ruby Wedding Anniversary last year!  Oh well only a year out of date.  My in-law's love Rennie McIntosh so I am sure they will be pleased to receive this card.

Well its Saturday evening so I am off to have a pint and a sit down.  Take Care Vx

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Brown, Cream and Pink

I would just like to say a big thank you to the Funky Hand Team for picking my card to be in the top 5 of the FH May challenge.  I really enjoyed making the shaped bunny card and it has now been re-homed to a 7 year old girl called Melanie.

June's challenge is to make a creation with the colours Pink, Brown and Cream.  I get so much inspiration from the blog challenges, but this one came at the very unreasonable hour of 2 am one morning!!  I was woken by my husband's snoring (again) and could not get back to sleep and thought that snoring was worse than coffee for keep you awake!  Then 'kazam' my idea for this month's challenge arrived and yes kept me awake for the rest of the night...

All the papers for this card are printed from the 'Now That's Funky' cd.  I made the mug by using shapes from Word, printing them onto FH paper and the cutting them out.  I inked up the edges and pieced it all together, highlighting some area's with a black sakura pen.  I cut 2 oval and scrunched the paper and then directly inked these to form the cookies.  I finished off the cookies with brads for the chocolate chips.  I have used a Martha Stewart Doily Punch on the pink backing paper and embossed the brown paper with a sizzix texture plate.

I swirled some cream paper to make the steam coming from the coffee cup.

I have cut the word 'Relax' with the sizzix pigeon toed die and attached them to a strip of card with chocolate coloured brads.

Well this card is making me long for some cookies - which I luckily have stashed away from my hungry hoards (who are in bed).  So I am off to sneak a few before its time to go to bed myself.  TTFN Vx