Saturday, 21 March 2015

Gruffies & Guests Ch#15 - Flowers and Ribbon


I've just posted the halfway reminder over on Gruffies & Guests for the 15th challenge, Anything Goes with the option of Flowers and Ribbon.  I made a very simple DT card, stamping and water colouring one of my cute HM stamps, slightly off centre unfortunately as I tried to allow for the ribbon and over estimated!  Pop on over to the blog for details of the prize to be won this month!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Journal52 - Just Write


Our prompt on Journal52 for the week has been Just Write, where we had to use our own handwriting.  I didn't want to write anything personal for this one, so decided to use a few verses from a little poem I wrote recently.  I had got in mind a pack of rub ons to use for this that seemed ideal but when I went to use them they wouldn't rub on at all!  Another pack for the bin, it's not the first time this has happend!  I don't think I will buy any more, I have had them a while but even so they should still work!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Pastel Flowers


I have made an anniversary card for my mum and dad and am going to enter it into a couple of challenges.  I have used patterned paper for the matting and also to punch out the flowers and butterflies.  The image is printed from a Jayne Netley Mayhew CD.

Butterfly Challenge - P is for Patterned Paper plus Butterflies.

The Craft Barn - Something Flowery - has to include a hand made flower - I have used paper punches to make mine.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Journal52 - Colouring Page Inspiration

Our prompt for the week on Journal52 has been Colouring Page Inspiration.  I wasn't sure how to go about this one as a colouring page on it's own didn't seem very 'journally' to me if that's even a word!  So I searched online and printed off a page that I water coloured and then added it to my journal with a few extras which I felt was more in keeping with my journal!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Journal52 - Artistic Restraint


Our prompt for this week on Journal52 has been Artistic Restraint and we could only use one shape, one colour, black and white.  I found this a bit hard as I like to use an assortment of stamps!  Anyway I chose to use a star although I actually think this stamp may be a starfish!  I couldn't, however, restrain myself from using my tiny bird stamp in the corner as he appears on all my journal pages!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Calendar Challenge - March




Our two prompts for The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge this time are Yellow and Rabbit(s).  I thoroughly altering making my beer mats for this one, as I love going through my stamps to see what is suitable for the theme.  Luckily I had a plain little rabbit stamp to use as most of mine are cutesy Penny Black ones and not the look I want for my calendar, much as I love them for other things!

I am also entering these for the current Ruby's Rainbow Challenge, which is Anything But a Card.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Journal52 - Aromatherapy


The prompt for this week on Journal52 is Aromatherapy.  I made my page by water colouring the background and then adding some scraps of flowers that I have had for years, and adding a suitable quote.  I changed my mind about the butterflies after I had stuck them on but couldn't peel them off again so they have to stay!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Gruffies & Guests Ch#14 - Anything Goes With the Option of Love is All Around


I have just posted the halfway reminder for Gruffies & Guests' 14th challenge - Anything Goes With the Option of Love is All Around.  Pop on over to the blog for all the information on how to enter and the fab prize to be won this month.

Friday, 20 February 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - February

I'm impressed that I've made the February tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2015 before the end of the month!  I really enjoyed making this using his patchwork collage technique and will do this again to use some of my millions of scraps!  As always, this is my version using what I have in my stash, not necessarily the same as Tim used!


This is Tim's one.

I am also entering this for The Artistic Stamper's 'Love' challenge.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Journal52 - Valentines

Our prompt for this week on Journal52 has been Valentines and I have just got my page made at the last minute as the next prompt will be out tomorrow!  I've used sprays and Distress Inks on my page and some Tim Holtz words and stickers in an effort to use up some of my large amount of stash!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Happy Anniversary!

I made an anniversary card for a relative and went for less is more on this one, which is very unlike me!  I used Distress Ink, a Martha Stewart punch and HOTP stamp.

I am entering this for the Butterfly Challenge - Butterflies plus R is for Ribbon.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Journal52 - Windows

Our prompt for the 6th week of Journal52 is Windows.  I have made my journal page using a photo to make my window of a place we went on holiday to for many years.  This is the view I would like to be able to look out of my window to every day!  The words are from the song By The River by Groove Armada which always reminds me of this place.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Journal52 - Television

The latest prompt on Journal52 is Television, and I decided to make a wildlife page symbolising wildlife documentaries which I enjoy!  I had a great time inking and stamping and watercolouring with Distress Inks for this one!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Calendar Challenge - February



The two words that we must incorporate on The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge for February are Red and Hearts.  I have altered my beer mats using some K & Co bp as a base and then inked and stamped with Festive Berries Distress Ink.  I have used one of my favourite Crafty Individual stamps for the main image and went with that version of 'love' rather than the romantic version!

For those wondering, I don't live or work in a pub!  I bought a huge pack of 100 beer mats some years ago and have been steadily working my way through those ever since!  I might even have to purchase some more as I love working on this size so much and I am running very low!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Beer Mats and Cereal Boxes!




I took part in The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge last year, and each fortnight I altered a beer mat for the current theme.  Having got to the end of the year I needed to make something with them all and decided to do a book, so I made pages for the book from cereal boxes and found some more quotes for each one to stick on the opposite pages.  Here are a couple of pics of the completed book.





An example of the completed pages.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Journal52 - Sillhouettes

Our prompt for week 4 on Journal52 is Silhouettes, and I am pleased to say I am keeping up so far! My page this time is all Distress Inks, no sprays this time.  I always seem to think of this stamp when Silhouettes are mentioned, although I think I might need to invest in a new black ink pad fairly soon as it looks a bit pale!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - January


I've decided to have another go at Tim's 12 Tags of 2015.  Last year I managed 6 so hopefully I will get round to making them all this year!  My January one is my version of what Tim made using what I have already got in my stash - and the best bit was the paint splattering at the end!  I do enjoy doing this immensely and did it in the bathroom but did have to clean the sink afterwards as it too was splattered!

Here is what Tim made!

I am also entering this tag for my old challenge blog, the Alphabet Challenge's current challenge which is Y for Year - I hope this counts!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Calendar Challenge - January




The Craft Barn's new challenge for 2015 is a Calendar Challenge, and each month we will be given a colour and a word that we have to incorporate.  This month we have Aqua and Snowflakes.

Anyone who followed me on last year's challenge will know I like to use beer mats and yes I have decided to use them again this year to make a small pocket book calendar!  At the end I will bind it with my Bind It All.  I have decided to make a perpetual calendar so have typed out all the months and dates to cut up and use and I found an ideal Crafty Individuals stamp in my collection to use for the first challenge.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Journal52 - Conversation Starter

The prompt on Journal52 this week is Conversation Starter.  I was stumped for a while as to how to go about this one, but then remembered a conversation with my mum last week about her plans for the garden this summer so that seemed a good one to go with!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Gruffies & Guests Ch#13 - Anything Goes with the Option of Buttons and/or Bows

I posted the halfway reminder today for Gruffies & Guests Anything Goes with the Option of Buttons and/or Bows Challenge.  As usual there is a fab prize to be won so pop on over and take part.  For my DT work I made quick ATC which could be used as a topper for a card also.