Monday, 31 August 2009

First Challenge Card.......but not quite!!

This is my first ever effort at a Just Magnolia challenge card, and I completed it well before time - but then I realised as it was a wedding card for this weekend, I couldn't really post it! Shame, but I love it all the same - hope the happy couple did too!Here are the details - took the layout from the Week 19 Rach's Sketch Challenge at Just Magnolia.
Card : Stampin Up! Basic Grey, Craftwork Cards Back to Basic Card Blanks
Papers : Cosmo Cricket Everafter Paper Collection
Cutting : Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch
Stamps : Autumn Leaves - Ticketed by Katie Pertiet, Magnolia Three Hearts
Colouring : Prismacolor Pencils - 942 Yellow Ochre, 1070 French Gray 30% & 20%, 1021 Jade Green, 1083 Putty Beige
Embellies : Nunn Design Pin, Stampin Up! Linen Thread, Prima Flowers, Craft Fairy Flowers, Nunn Design Metal Flower and brad, hotfix cream pearls.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

The Craft Hovel!!!

Well, Bev has beaten me! I said that we should post pics of the places where we create, and said by 12pm today. It's now 12.47 GMT ! I do have an excuse - and a letter from me Mam explaining why I'm late! I have a broken washing machine! Lol! Honest!!
Right - on with the tour of the my little place. Firstly, here is the view as you come through the door. On the right hand side of the room is the main storage - you can see the inkpad racks and ribbon racks from Inkylicious. They have freed up so much room - I can buy more now! My desk is right under the window, for natural light - but I do live ooooop norf, so thats a bit of a challenge when it's raining! Lol! Under the ribbon rack are my Copic markers in boxes - need nice storage for those - but have not finished collecting yet! (Ssssh! Dont tell DH!) The pully out drawers on wheels hide quite a few collections including my glimmer mist obsession! On the left hand side of the room is my nesties, paper storage - again from Inkylicious.This has provided hours of fun sorting it into make and collections!
Here is a more detailed close up of all on my desk, including a lovely hangy shelf thing I got at TK Maxx for £4! Bonus!!
Finally, here is the rear of the little room - Card blanks are in the purple box under my wheely tote - a lifesaver when I trundle off to crafty club! I think you can see from the decoration / pics that I love Paris (in the springtime, winter, whenever!)
Here is a different view of the back of the room from the hallway - you can see my stamps in 12x12 boxes stacked in the corner - clear stamps are in the Parisian boxes on the shelf units, so the very rare sunlight can't get at them! Mounted single stamps like Magnolia / Sugar Nellie stamps are hiding behind the 'Create' letters on top of the shelves. The drawers hide tools and random inks that i've collected on my travels. There is also a tub for my small paper pads.

Well, after all that I'd best get ready for my washer being fixed! Hope you enjoyed the look ;-).

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Goodbye Again...

Hello! Well, after a bit of sorting, and washing, and dog walking, I finally got time to come upstairs to play! Today I had to make a card for a colleague who is leaving - again onto bigger and better things! I've also been making a couple of DT samples - but can't show them yet until they are in Wendy's hands :-)

So I reached for my trusty Gorjuss Girls, and some Black Market Paper Society Papers - these have been in my posession for a while now, but have never cut into them! **hangs head in shame**!! Full details are below.

Short and sweet post today - thanks for visiting!!

Card: Craftwork Cards Back to Basics card blank, Bazzill Bling Cardstock

Papers: Black Market Paper Society 'Letters from Paradise' papers - Guana Bay

Stamps: Sugar Nellie Gorjuss Girl - Bumble Bee

Colouring: Copic Markers, Copic Atyou Spica Glitter pens in black and clear

Cutting: Martha Stewart Valentine Lace Border Punch, Stampin Up! Scallop Oval, Classic Oval Punch

Embellies: Craftwork Cards sentiment, spacers, Prima flowers, Craft Fairy flowers, Dovecraft brads, Dressmakers' pins

Sunday, 9 August 2009

First Ever PTI Card!

Hello Again! Have been away sorting out my craft hovel - have bought some fantastic shelves from Inkylicious, who are based in Batley, West Yorks. Now I've got the not too small a task of putting sticky colour labels on all the pads! Will keep me quiet for a while! They also do ribbon and paper racks, both of which are really excellent!
My friend Bev recently ordered from Papertrey Ink, and for the first time I decided to join in and order some of their lovely stamps. Below is the first card that I have made with their stamps, and I am really pleased with the results! The inspiration for the card came from a Homes and Gardens magazine I was reading whilst in Starbucks! I wanted a kind of Toile de Jouy effect - don't know if it is quite that - but it'll do for me!
Full recipe is below. this card is a card of 'news' - first card made at my new desk, with new stamps, from a new company, using new colours and new techniques! I think I'll have to go and have a lay down!
Card : Stampin Up! Night of Navy, Whisper White, Craftwork Cards Back to Basics Card Blank

Colouring : Stampin Up! Night of Navy

Stamps : Papertrey Ink 'In Bloom'

Cutting : Martha Stewart Embossed Scallop Edger Punch

Embellies : Grosgrain Ribbon from stash, Small Light Sapphire Crystals

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Here's one I made earlier!

Happy Tuesday! Been a lovely day today - went for a coffee with Bev and she gave me my lovely birthday card . Thanks so much Bev - it is such a pretty card. One thing I forgot to tell Bev was how much I love tulips - they are my favourite flower - so it made my card extra lovely!

Well, it's time for a tidy up (I say that every time!)! Have come upstairs to my craft hovel - and been diverted by the blog! So, I thought I'd post a card that I made a little while ago. The colours were well out of my comfort zone - but I was really pleased with the results

This card was made with papers (My Minds Eye) which were outside of my colour comfort zone, but I thought they were fab! I bought the papers from Le Temple Du Scrap, a really great shop in Paris - if you ever get the chance you must really pay this shop a visit. Seriously though - save up first!! :-)
Card : Craftwork Cards Back to Basics Card Blank

Paper : My Minds Eye Penny Lane 'Hattie Marie' Double Sided Papers

Stamps : Sugar Nellie Gorjuss Girl - Set 2 - Untamed

Colouring : Copic Markers

Cutting : Nestabilities Blossom, EK Success Large Swirl Flourish Punch

Embellies : Stickles Glue in Crystal, Papermania Glitter Dots, Craftwork Cards Mini Messages, Stampin Up! Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon