Saturday, 28 July 2012

Neon Christmas Card

It's Rudolph Day over at Sarn's.  (Well it was on Wednesday - I'm a little late)  This is my first participation in Rudolph Day.  I mentioned I might join in and Sarn said she was looking forward to seeing a neon Rudolph Day card.  (Neon colours are my current obsession!)  I think she was joking... however I ran with it.

Also I saw a challenge a few weeks back for 'a card that makes us laugh' and couldn't think of anything to make.  I don't do funny really.  That annoyed me so I pushed myself...  It might not be wet-yourself-funny but hopefully it is a little amusing!

Prancer's neon antlers and Vixen's lovely lashes

I drew the reindeer, used my neon tapes and pens, coloured with promarkers and printed the sentiment to stick on. 

For Rudolph's nose I glittered and glazed and then glittered and glazed again.

Quite pleased overall.  My promarker-ing has definately improved... still room for more improvements... but I'll get there one day!

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Thursday, 26 July 2012

have a bright and happy day

I made this card for Less Is More's Clean and Simple Sewing challenge...

I had mixed paint left over from my scrapbook page and just couldn't bear to throw it away so I flicked it on some offcuts.  I then cut this into strips and (I can't decide what word to use here... stabbed sounds a bit too violent and perforated doesn't seem right...) 'made holes in it' with this thing...

Apparently it's something to do with onion cutting but I see it as a painting tool!!

Then continuing my neon obsession stitched the strips on to the card with neon thread.

Clean, simple and happy.

I've also been working on a neon Christmas card.  Not quite finished yet, I still have to work on Rudolph's nose, but here is a sneak peek!

Thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, 25 July 2012


Well, there is nowt going on on my desk today so I'm showing you my nice tidy stack of 12 x 12 papers.

All organised by colour and in smaller lighter boxes so I can (hopefully) make better use of them.  And I actually used my label maker for making labels rather than journalling in my scrapbook!

I'm trying to clear some space on my display shelf...

I think I want to put this away for a bit.  I made it years ago with loads of old nail varnishes including the brushes and mixing ball bearings on a piece of canvas board.  Thing is I'm not sure how to protect it as it is 3d and quite fragile... any ideas?

Today will mostly be spent seeking the coolest part of the house in which to desk hop!  Head on over to Julia's to join in!


Monday, 23 July 2012

White With 1 - washi and polka dots!

Over at White with 1 the challenge is to scrap a page using white + polka dots + tape.

I've made this LO of my Grandfather...

The backing is a 12 x 12 sheet of acetate.  I love the idea of using acetate.  It turns out that photographing it is not so easy.  I have taken some against a white wall and some with a sheet of black behind.

Gramps was a pilot and the photo was taken in his plane so I thought I'd run with the idea of clouds.

I hand embossed some white paper with a freebie embossing folder - must get a machine some time! - and used it to double mat my photo and make some polka dot-ted cloud shapes... 

I used my cloud and heart washi tape at the bottom of the page and a tiny piece at the top.

Then started work on my journalling tag...

Again I used acetate, it's a three layer tag. 

I never have a problem finding ribbon to match due to my extensive collection but this time I just couldn't find 'it' - the right colour or thickness.  In the end, with the help of another pair of hands, I covered some thin cord with some of the washi tape.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this LO.  I'm off to enter it at WW1 and check out the other layouts...


Thursday, 19 July 2012

Bright & Happy for CASology

Over at CASology they set the challenges based on the word of the week.  This week we need to make a project based on Happy.  I checked if I could enter a LO instead of a card because this came to mind...

Not much more to say - This face makes me Smile - sums it up completely!  My beautiful cousinlet is such a lovely little thing and it's impossible for me not to be happy when I think of her.

I'm still obsessed with all things neon (happy colours!) so I edged my page and paper layers with neon paints and added a few splats and splodges in the background too.

I felt the page needed something in the top corner to even things out... I tore and folded.

Used my Heidi Swapp letters and a couple of bracket brads.

I think this can be categorised as clean and simple, the term is kind of fuzzy in my head and different people seem to take it in different ways.  I had fun, got to play with paint and used the bracket brads that have been sitting there for ages so, all in all, a good afternoon I think!

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Tatty Teddy... Aw!

Back with one more card for today...

I inked the edges of my card in silver and sponged a little silver ink behind where the brads would be fixed.  Very simple, very less is more.  I like it though, the brads are just so lovely.  I think this will be for my sister-in-law's birthday...

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Happy Birthday

Over at CASual Fridays the challenge is Let's Strip.  Ooh-er!!
Glad they clarified it with 'use strips of colour or pattern in your clean and simple design'

I'm in need of a card for a soon to be 17 year old boy (man? boy?) so clean and simple, bright colours and nothing fru fru was the plan...
I used three strips of brightly coloured ribbon and attached them with brads.  Very simple!  But masculine, colourful and well, hopefully not uncool, or whichever word they are using these days... (I sound like a Granny saying things like this.  In reality there is only a 10 year gap between us.  I just don't understand the language they use!)

Thanks for stopping by!


Welcome to my desk this fine (looks out the window) ish Wednesday. 
Hop on over here to Julia's to snoop at loads more desks.

Blank page ready to make a to-do-list...
Note the cutting board is clear but don't be fooled, the rest of the desk isn't.

Off cut of ribbon from yesterdays project... 
I quite like the shape and may cut a few more to use on a scrapbook page.

Pile of things waiting to be put back in their proper places...
(This should be top of my to-do-list but strangely isn't...)

Last week I was asked about the white boxes at the back of my desk...

They are all full of yummy buttons.  A little obsession of mine.

Thanks for stopping by, I'm off to look at some desks now :)


Tuesday, 17 July 2012

New Home Card

I have had these glue transfers for ages.  They are from 7 gypsies, I don't remember when I bought them or where from, or even why, and I only know they are 7 gypsies because it says so on the packet!  I have no idea what I intended to use them on.

Any how I came across them when looking for some brads and thought it'd be nice to try and use them.  They came with a sheet of foil, a sheet of flock and a sheet of glitter.  I plumped for the glitter.

Chandeliers, I really don't know what occasion you should use these for, but a new home seems as appropriate as any.

I flanked the three word sentiment with two smaller transfers and glittered them.

I will enter this in to Less Is More's 3 challenge - three transfers, three words.
And also Incy Wincy's Dust it Off challenge - the glue transfers.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Birthday Card


Today I made this simple card with eyelets and ribbon.

Lovely ribbons from Crafty Ribbons simply stuck down at one end with a little glue and attached at the other end with a white eyelet.  I'm quite chuffed with this.  Obviously it won't be winning any prizes as it is just three bits of ribbon stuck on a card.  But I like it none the less.

I will enter in to Less Is More's One Layer Challenge -3 challenge.  (3 ribbons, 3 eyelets)

Thanks for stopping by!

* P.S.  It has been pointed out that the ribbon is in fact a layer.  I was thinking of layers in terms of card/paper.  What a wally!  Still not entirely sure what is allowed and what isn't... clearly not ribbon though!  Sorry Chrissie and Mandi!!! 

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Guest Spot at Quirky's!

Very exciting!

Today I am guest designer at Quirky Crafts.  The theme is set by Lyn and is Christmas in July.

Cazzy told me she would send me some digi's and all I had to do was make a project and send a pic to her.  Panic.  I've never used digi's.  I'm not one for colouring in with pro markers and I don't like the cutsie images that I think of as digi's.  So I was really happy when the images from Stitchy Bear came through.  A lovely holly bough and a snowflake.  Brilliant.  I set to work...

...And came up with this...

A small holly wreath decoration. 

I printed off a page of hollys and coloured them with pro markers.  (Don't look too closely at the colouring ;) )  Then I fussy cut them out and attached them to a ring of card.  I covered the printed bows with seam binding bows from Crafty Ribbons.

I curved the paper and pulled the leaves over the seam binding to give lots of dimension.

I added glitter and then two coats of glossy accents over the berries.

The thing with making Christmas decorations in July is that I now have to put it away rather than hanging it over the door handle and enjoying it!!

So there is my first guest design project for Quirky Crafts using the holly digi stamp from Stitchy Bear Stamps.  I learnt from doing this project;  Digi's are not scary.   :)
So head on over to Quirkys to join in the challenge...

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 12 July 2012


I didn't mean to be quite so cryptic yesterday... here is the post on my walking sticks.  I wanted to look at desks yesterday instead of writing a blog post!

I have M.E. 
I can't really walk far. 
I have a great deal of problem with my balance. 
So I use walking sticks. 

I hate them. 

But they allow me to do things I couldn't do with out them,
they are essential.

If I have to have them they will at least be pretty!!


A few years back I criss-crossed some cerise ribbon up and down them.  I got bored of the pink and decided it was time for a change.

I used this and this ribbon and a hot glue gun.

I think Keep Calm And Carry On is quite an apt saying. 
The sticks and wheelchair are like magnets for peoples eyes
and I don't like being looked at,
being scanned for an injury or disability,
given a look,
being overtaken by an OAP!!  (Yes, that really did happen!!)

I get flustered. 
I get panicked. 
I get even more tired. 
So Keep Calm And Carry On is probably the best ribbon I could have found for this project.

Now all that is left to do is make my wheelchair pretty!!!


Linking up at Inspire Me Fridays

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