Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Q & L Challenge - Knowledge

Our two words for this fortnight from The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge are Knowledge and/or Hurt.  I chose Knowledge to use for my altered beer mat, and decided to use a lovely Crafty Individuals image of an owl - seeing as they are wise! - for my image this time.   The quote I chose is by George Bernard Shaw.

I am in the process of making a book to mount these beer mats in by recycling cereal packets to make the pages and I will use book rings when I am done.

I am also entering this in the Crafty Individuals 'Nature's Beauty' challenge.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Gruffies & Guests - Ch #4 - Anything Goes with the option of Lace

I have just made the halfway reminder post on Gruffies & Guests for our current challenge, which is Anything Goes with the option of Lace.  For my DT work I have made a card using an image from a HM CD which I have to say is a lot easier than colouring in for me these days!  My eyes aren't what they used to be!  My lace is from a reel of sticky lace and I coloured the flowers with Promarkers.

There is a great prize of a £10 voucher from Bearly Mine Designs for the lucky winner, so pop on over to the blog and take part!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Q & L Challenge - Change

Our two words on The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge this time are Change and/or Truth.  I decided to go for Change to make my altered beer mat, again using some old K & Co. bp I've had for ages and an old favourite stamp.  The quote I chose is by Marcus Aurelius.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - March

I completely forgot that I had decided to do Tim's Tags this year, and here we are almost finished with March!  I've made my version of his March tag with what I had that was the nearest to his products. Gone are the days when I used to buy stash specifically to do a challenge!  I found some Artistic Outpost stamps in my box that were ideal for this.  Unfortunately I sold my feather stamps during a declutter session, so made do with a flourish instead!

And this is Tim's version!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Q & L Challenge - Flower

Our two words this time round on The Craft Barn's Quotes and Lyrics challenge are Flower and/or Travel.  I went for Flower to use on my altered beer mat and used some very old K & Co. bp that I've had for many years.  It's really nice to be able to use up old stash on this challenge!  The quote is by Gerard De Nerval.  I am afraid it is the same quote as one of the DT used, but I never look at those or any entrants until after I have made my piece, so no copying is involved!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Gruffies & Guests Ch# 3 - Fit for Mum or Special Female.

It is halfway through the challenge on Gruffies & Guests for this month's theme, Fit for Mum, or Special Female.  I have just posted the Halfway Reminder on the blog.  The prize this month is a £15 voucher from Scribble and Scrap Shop so pop on over and enter for a chance to win.

My DT work is made using one of my rubber stamps.  The colouring isn't brilliant, the baby looks a little odd!  But I'm sure his mum loves him!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Q & L Challenge - Road

Our two new words on The Craft Barn's Q & L Challenge are Art and/or Road.  I chose to use Road for my altered beer mat.  I managed to find a quote, which is by J. R. R. Tolkien, that went with a stamp in my collection so chose that one!  And of course, it must fit on my beer mat!  Some quotes are very long!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Q & L Challenge - Age

Our two new words on The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics challenge this time are Marriage/and or Age.  I opted for Age for my altered beer mat and used a quote by Austrian novelist Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach.  It seemed to go well with this Crafty Individuals stamp in my collection!

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Gruffies & Guests Challenge #2 - Love Is In The Air

The current challenge on Gruffies & Guests is Love Is In The Air.  This is my DT work for this challenge.  I'm not making cards as I have them coming out of my ears at the moment, so have decided to make a little book so this is the first page for it!  I used an image from one of Joanna Sheen's CD's and then realised that I also have this as a stamp!

We are sponsored by Dawn till Dusk for this challenge and you could win a fab prize of a £10 voucher to spend online, so pop on over to the blog and take part!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Q & L Challenge - Strong

Our next two words on The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge are Strong and/or Miss.  I decided to use Strong on my altered beer mat, and this is a quote by Winston Churchill.

I must start making a book for these beer mats and extra quotes and trying to keep it up to date or it will all get away from me before much longer!

P.S.  I hadn't noticed that one of the DT had used this quote!  I didn't copy!

Saturday, 8 February 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - February

Here is my version of Tim's February tag for 12 Tags of 2014.  I had none of the components Tim used so went with  the nearest things I had!  I added an extra heart because my script was smaller than his!

This is Tim's one.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Q & L Challenge - Silence

Our next 2 words from The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge are Silence and/or Dazzle.  I chose to use Silence for my altered beer mat and this quote is by Claude Debussy.  I was pleased to be able to use a stamp I have had for a very long time and not had much opportunity to use!

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Gruffies & Guests Challenge #1 - Anything Goes

Shaz has started a new monthly challenge blog called Gruffies & Guests,  specifically for all Gruffie, House Mouse and Happy Hopper images and I am lucky enough to be on the Design Team.  We have 2 teams, and I am on Team B and will be posting halfway reminders.   There are still 2 weeks left to enter and you could win a lovely prize of a £10 voucher from our sponsor, Crafty Ribbons.  

I made my DT card using one of my HM stamps that I've had for quite a while, and coloured it in with Copics.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Q & L Challenge - Smile

The new challenge from The Craft Barn for this year is Quotes and Lyrics, and our first word/s are Smile and/or Up.  I decided to alter beer mats for this challenge, as I made ATCs last year plus I have a whole stack of beer mats that I bought in bulk in my early crafting days so it will be a good excuse to use them up!  I will make a book of some sort at some stage for them to go in!  I went for Smile as my word, and Googled some quotes and liked this one.  Unfortunately it didn't say where it originated from.  Looking forward to seeing what our next words are!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - January

I have finally got round to taking part in Tim's Tags!  I've been meaning to since he stopped doing the Christmas ones but not quite managed it!  However, I have now made January 2014's one so am up to date for this year so far!!  I don't have a lot of the up to date projects but managed to find enough things in my stash to make this.  I used mainly Pumice Stone Distress Ink and the clock face is from a sheet of TH paper.

Here is Tim's one:-

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Alpha Challenge 2013

The Craft Barn ran the Alpha Challenge throughout 2013 and I am pleased to say I kept up with it and completed it on time!  This is my finished book.  Now looking forward to seeing what the new challenge for 2014 is going to be and wondering if I will be able to keep up with that too!

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Gruffies & Guests Challenge #1 - Anything Goes

Today is the day!  The wonderful new challenge blog, Gruffies & Guests, run by my lovely friend Shaz, goes live today with it's first challenge - Anything Goes.

Here you can use any House Mouse, Gruffies or Happy Hoppers that you have in your collections and this blog is for any crafts, not just cards.

Our first sponsor is Crafty Ribbons with a lovely prize of a £10 voucher (excluding p & p) to spend in their store. So pop on over and take part!

I will be back with my own DT piece and a challenge reminder in 2 weeks time!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Alpha Challenge - I and X

We have reached the last 2 letters of the alphabet on The Craft Barn's Alpha Challenge, which has been running all year.  I am very proud of myself to have kept up for the whole year, a rarity for me!  My last 2 ATCs are Insect and Xmas - which I was very pleased to have found was in the dictionary because otherwise I had no idea what I would use for X!

I will pop photos up of the completed set in the book I have made after Christmas.  Too much going on at the moment to sort it all out!

Friday, 13 December 2013

Christmas Candles

I haven't stamped any candles for a while and came across two blank ones in my cupboard so thought I would decorate them for pressies.  My first problem was my Stazon ink pad - it was completely bone dry!  Admittedly I haven't used it for a while, but it was stored upside down, and this is the first ink pad over many years that has COMPLETELY dried out!  Luckily I had a spare one!  My second problem was several of my Marvy Le Plumes, also fairly old, were leaking so I had to make a few impressions that weren't smudged!

Eventually I completed two candles!!  And am entering them for Ruby's Rainbow's Christmas Challenge!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Exciting News - DT Call!!

My dear friend Shaz is starting a new challenge blog on 4th January, called Gruffies and Guests - where you will be able to use all your lovely House Mouse, Happy Hoppers and Gruffies images!  She asked me if I would like to be on the DT and although I thought I had retired from all the challenge blogs I was on, House Mouses are one of my favourites so I came out of retirement and said yes!

If you would like to enter the DT call, pop over to Gruffies and Guests where you will find all the information you need.  The call is open from today until 14th December, so good luck!