My Lovely Friends

Saturday 26 February 2011

CES Challenges DT Card

Good morning all my lovely friends this is a scheduled post I'm hoping to be in bed trying to catch up on severe lack of sleep this week.
Before I get on with my post I would just like to say 'Thank you all so sooo much' I felt totally over-whelmed with the comments you left regarding my sweet pea DT certainly know how to cheer a girl up. I know I sound silly but believe me the comments really have brought tears to my eyes so from my heart to yours 'Thank you' I love you all.
Onto my post now as its saturday as you know what that means yayyyyayyyy...its time for
This week the very fabulous Crafty Emma herself has set the theme & the theme is...
'Flowers & Flutterbies'
So come fly your pretties to us as we would love to see them.
I kinda went ott with mine I literally went with flutterby....its a Mother's Day card for my step-mum, I'm actually prepared for once lol.
There are a lot of photo's Im afraid peeps...

The card is butterfly shaped & I made a box to match it & cut a butterfly shape in the lid then inked edges with 'Victorian Velvet' distress ink & then attached acetate to the inside.

The small butterfly I cut out, inked & then added pink glitter. The cream feather butterfly is from my stash.

The inside I decorated with doilies just to add that extra special touch.

This is the card which I made from a sheet of A4 card. The papers are Prima their new release 'Botanical' which you can get from Crafty Emma's. I embossed each layer with vines, roses & the top layer butterflies. I then inked the raised embossing with the Victorian velvet distress ink. All edges of the butterfly were also done & then stardust stickles added to the edge.

Flowers & Leaf are also from Emma's.

The gems up the middle are prima & the middle on the inside has the same gems on the body. The top layer is blank tho for me to write a message. The small butterfly on the left I made the same as the one on the box & the white butterfly is from my stash.

I did enjoy making this altho I was nervous about showing it but I was starting to bore myself as I havn't made anything different for a few weeks I get scared incase I get stuck in a rut lol.
Well I think thats about it peeps I do hope you like my little mothers day creation. When my youngest Jake saw it he said' Mum thats lush, can you make me a card for Mothers Day please for you'....rofl I found it sooo funny but his excuse is he is crap at making cards.....altho he's not I've got loads off him bless him.
Please pop over to the blog to see my fabby teamies creations wow they will knock your socks off this week they are all stunning....pop over & show them some love if you can spare a min.
Thank you so so much for stopping by I will be round to see you all very soon. Looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations again this week.
Tatty bye for now mmwah
Challenges I'm Entering......

Thursday 24 February 2011

No Card Tonight.....I know again

Good evening my lovely friends sorry I've got no card again tonight things have just been frantic here especially with Natalie but we've managed to get an app with her consultant for in a couple of weeks time.
Anyway the reason for the post is I've finally built up a little bit of courage to enter into the DT Call at
Everyone who knows me knows my love of Sweet Pea I have so many stamps I could easily do DT cards for a year lol. I am a huge huge huge fan of sweet pea stamps my fave artists of course are Ching-Chou Kuik & Meredith Dillman but to be honest all of their artist are just amazing & I love them all.
I've got to pick 2 cards which I consider to be my goes.....
I know I am showing 3 but if I'm honest I love my sweet pea cards they are the one card that always seems to flow......I never ever struggle with them & altho I'm not confident in what I do I do have confidence in my sweet pea cards.

This is coloured with Copics & Prisma pencil.....this is my ALL TIME fave stamp by Ching-Chou Kuik she always will be to be honest. This is 'Love Is Gone'

I absolutely love mono & nothing works mone better than a sweet pea stamp. This is 'Moonlight Siren' & she is coloured with Copics.

This is one I love & at the time I think it was my 1st lilac coloured card but the thing with these kind of stamps you really can do them in any colour & any theme they really are so versatile.
 This is 'Purple Comfort' & she is coloured with Promarkers.
These are all Ching-Chou Kuik images & at the mo I'm learning to also colour them in distress inks to give another variety to them.....I love using different colouring mediums to create different effects.
If you look in my sidebar you will see all my sweet pea creations.
Well I wont waffle on anymore I will just keep everything crossed & pray would be like a dream come true I love these images thats why I applied for Crafty Purple Frog cus of these images but there is nothing better than to colour them & lose yourself in their fantasy world of beauty & colour.
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my post I soooo appreciate it & I'm sorry I've babbled on but well.......its what I love!!!!
Hugs to you all

Wednesday 23 February 2011

Storage Tip/Idea

Good evening my lovely are you all this evening. No card from me I'm afraid I thought I would give you a break lol. I've been so busy today & what time I've had I've been commenting here & there well as much as possible lol. The men went fishing tonight & the eldest was out with his girlfriend bless him tho he made me a cuppa before he went lol. So its just been me & the princess tonight....not that she has been a princess mind lol.
Anyway I thought I would show you a storage idea I had 1 of them is my old idea but I've now changed to something so I thought I would show them both. Now I dont know if someone has already thought of things like this or anything similar I'm still on a learning curve lol. Now with us crafters comes the storage issue even those with large craft spaces have storage issues. Mine is not huge but is quite big & I need to store things sensibly & use every nook & cranny lol.
This is how I used to keep all my nestie sets
Its an empty cd case & I've cut a square from a A4 Magnetic Sheet it is adhesive on one side so I just stuck it inside the cd case & then simply put my nesties onto the magnet.
Now while this is a good idea I needed something on a larger scale & something close to hand. So as I am organising my craft room at the mo I thought it was the ideal time to rethink a few things.
I have arranged things so I have an area dedicated to cutting. So all my cutting machines are all in the same place. So I ordered about half a dozen magnetic sheets. Hubby attached a piece of white melamine to the wall & then I attached all of my magnetic sheets

You can see the white melamine at the end, I ran out of sheets lol. Now you could do this on a wall or a notice board or a canvas even. You could even attach some to the side of your bookcase, this is where my next lot of sheets are going as that will be for my XXL grand dies. I dont need to find storage for the cd cases now & they are at hand & I can see easily what I've got.

The dies like this one from whiff of joy what have the plastic guide as well is easily stored the same way.

You just place the plastic guide behind the metal die & the metal die will magnetise & hold them both in place so you can still keep them together.
This is how my wall is looking so far I'm still digging out dies out of my box but only got a few more to put on now lol.

I did actually think also of making a ring binder storage by placing a couple of sheets of A4 card together & laminate it then punch holes at the side for the rings in the binder. Then attach the magnetic sheet to one side of the card, I think both sides could be too heavy then place your nesties on. You could use any size binder you want to & that would also save you quite a bit of storage. If any of you do this I would love to hear if it worked or not cus sometimes these ideas that bounce around my thick skull dont pan out lol.
Anyway hope this has maybe been a little bit useful for you. Like I said I may be way behind with this sort of thing, but I'm a kinda crafting storage virgin so to speak rofl.
Well I will go now as my hubby & sons are back & sound might I add lol.
Thank you so much for stopping by & listening to me babble on you all totally rock.
Better go now as I'm drawing a plan for my fab teamies Sue's craft room it involves lots of cupboards then you basically throw everything inside out of sight & then just wear blinkers whilst in the room lol.
See ya soonies my lovelies take care & keep on smiling.
Tatty bye

Simply Fairytale

Good evening peeps....actually I should say good morning as its nearly 1 0'clock in the morning lol. I've been on doing DT work & I really fancied a play just for fun & a challenge I havnt done one for over a week. So I got my lappy & looked for a sketch & found the one on Sugar Bowl. I thought well I've not played with a sugar nellie for a while maybe I'll ink up one of the sassy's that are still uninked.......wrong!!!
I made the card 1st then chose the image where normally I will colour the image & then do the card around that, I just find it easier that way & I know I will have papers to match.
So when the card was done this was the best sassy for the job lol.
I also went with the theme cus the pic inspiration is so beautiful....I'm not one for blues in the home I have never had so much as a blue wall anywhere in my home lol.....I find it a cold colour
Anyway here is my card.......
This is the beautiful 'Fairytale' from the Simply Sassy range......have you seen the new ones that are getting released I will have the alarm set on my internet lol. This is still my all time fave sassy tho.....I would love to see one with just the face & flowing hair cus I love them sort of images.....I have quite a few of them!!

I forgot to take a close-up of her I'm afraid.

I followed the sketch for the inside as well so its the same except it has a blank space for the message.
She is coloured with Copics & PM's, mainly copics tho. The papers are the gorgeous new Prima 'Botanical' which are just the most beautiful papers ever!!! The flowers & papers are from Crafty Emma's. Gems & doily from my stash. Lace & 2 slim white flowers are from Wild Orchid. All brown A4 card is from Papermill Direct. The punched trim at the bottom of the image is the 'French Lillies' border die from WOJ. I distressed all papers with my stressy tool & inked the edges with 'Weathered Wood' distress ink, I also inked the lillie border in it & the cut out corners as well. The flowers were also edged with the ink & then lace stickles added.
Well I'm gonna drag hubby off his Ipad & go to bed Natty is still awake but the baby monitor is on so if she starts I will just have to get back up!! Hopefully I wont take much rocking tonight lol.
Thank you so soooo much for all your sweet lovely comments you leave for me you really do make my day, actually my are all awesome!!
Thank you for stopping by & sparing the time to see my card see you soonies my lovely friends.
Tatty bye.
Challenges I'm Entering...... - Sketch & Inspiration Pic

Monday 21 February 2011

The Gift........for a special friend....

Hello all you lovelies did you all have a enjoyable weekend? I am so sorry for being so late today I've had a really bad day.....lets just say if someone says goverment cut backs once more I will scream!!! My daughter leaves school this year but unfortunately she has been forgotten about by the authority & now they running out of time to find a day centre that has the appropriate nurses to be able to care for her... To be honest its typical but never mind you dont need to hear my moaning.
My card today I have done for my best friend she is having a roughty toughty time at the mo & I just want to remind her I'm always there for her.......I have made a sentiment for her card on the comp but my printer has run out of ink so I will put the sentiment on tomorrow.
My friend is like me & loves Angels she also loves black & white or black & cream, so I've gone mono which is my fave....

This is 'The Gift' which I thought was perfect for my friend as she really is my gift....we have been thru some stuff together & we still come through smiling. I think its cus we are both as crazy & nuts as each other lol.

She is coloured with Copics C7, C5, C3 & C1. I've also added silver stickles, black stickles & stardust stickles & her dress I scattered a slight dusting of glitter. The flower I made my self with lace & a button from my stash.

The silver charm & chain I got from my jewellery stash. The charm is a love heart with 'Friend' written on it.

The black rose in the corner I added stickles to. I attached 2 ribbons across the middle the bottom one is a gold toned organza ribbon & the top one is a black velvet ribbon. They are both from Crafty Ribbons who do both type of seam binding now, the modern & the vintage.

The paper I used is 8x8 La Creme Stack which you can get from Crafty Emma's & she has this on special at the minute. Its gorgeous paper the black on the top layer is gorgeous flocking. I have a also decorated the inside to compliment the front. The gems are from my stash & of course the beautiful stamp is from
 Crafts & Me. Pop yourself over to see the new releases Teresa has in & dont forget if you register for a newsletter you will receive 10% off new know what that means for what you save you could buy another stamp lol.
Not sure if I will have time play for myself tonight as I have commenting catch up on & its not fair for you keep visiting me if I dont visit you......besides I get really bad withdrawal if I dont see your creations, you are all my inspiration!! So the ones I have not had chance visit today I'm on my way so pop kettle on & get biccies at the ready lol.
Take care everyone & thank you so much for popping by to look at my card I really appreciate it.
Tatty bye

Sunday 20 February 2011

Work In Progress!!!!!!!!!

Good evening my lovelies how are you all? Have you had a nice weekend I hope you have sweeties!!
Well I have no card tonight as I've been busy all day in my little hobbit (craft-room). Yesterday I ended up really ill all day apparently it was a few side effects from the was awful I kept walking into things when I was walking & when I sat I kept falling was funny when I walked into stuff I would end up laughing at myself lol. So yesterday I spent the day in my jammies & by 8pm I lay in bed with hubby & spent the rest of the night watching dvd's & Jake would come in every now & again & lie on the bottom of the bed watch the film with was dont want to know how many times we've watched it lol. So today I am feeling better so I've worked my ass off this afternoon trying to move stuff in my craft room & have a good sort out at the same time.......I didnt realise how much shoite I had I've filled a bin liner with stuff I dont want & I've only got half way thru it. Why do we keep so much tat? I hang my heed in shame!! Now I'm sitting back in the living room Craig has made me a cuppa & I'm chomping away on a wubble wecker gives me energy.....ssshhhh thats my excuse anyway it was the same excuse for the lion bar I've just had too lol.
I thought I would show you my craft room in progress now its messy & there is a big pile fo stuff in the middle of the room still to be sorted.....I have another 3 big boxes from the conservatory to take out there tomorrow. I've had enought for today tho....I've been on it since dinner time I stopped an hour for tea as hubby made it bless him. Anyway here are some piccies....
This is as you come in the doors. The pine drawers have got to be painted yet to match up with the slim metal ones. They are fab for a craft room actually as they are only £15 from Ikea & you stain, varnish or paint them how you want.

This is to the right side & this is 3 bookcases put together, which is still to be organised I'm just kinda plonking stuff on there & then rearranging as I go lol. The pile of stuff in the middle is still to be sorted...

This is the left hand side. The unit on the left was actually a beech cd unit that I brought a couple of years ago but I painted it & distressed it to go in my bedroom to hold little perfume bottles & ornaments & stuff, my bedroom is shabby chic so it went well. Now I'm going to use it to house all my stamps....they are staying in the conservatory til last lol. Craig brought me a new cd unit from Argos but it goes really well with the furniture in the conservatory so I've gave it to him for his Xbox 360 & Nintendo Wii games lol.

I have rails on the wall at the bottom to house my punches, all small punches tho are stored in the wicker basket on the bench in front.

This is my designated cutting area. The 2 slim metal drawers next to each other house all my A4 card, 1 set holds all different coloured card & the other set holds all cream & white A4 card sorted by GSM. Yes I'm one of those that likes everything to have a place & a label.....I know I'm sad lol. See my craft robo next to the cuttlebug....its hard to believe I have one of those as I dont blinking use it.....tell a lie I used it once the day hubby got it me when I 1st took up once in 11 months is shameful isn't it?? I am gonna try use it more tho. The slim shelves on the walls holds all my wooden block stamps....most of which are still unused!!!

I was in the middle of putting away the rest of my score boards when I took piccies lol. I finally got around to putting sticky labels on all my distress inks today I've been meaning to do it since I brought this rack about 5 months ago lol. The little drawers are from the £1 shop.......guess how much!! How did you guess that?? My jars of sweeties sit on the top lol.

This is the other end of my hobbit which is on the left as you come in the doors.....this is my designated jewellery making area. I really must start making some again I'm just enjoying paper crafting so much tho!!

This is an idea I had about a week ago I had left over poles from when I put some up in my kitchen but only had 1 pack of hooks & I didnt want to go Ikea just for hooks so I thought of a different way of attaching all my ribbons......altho I need go back Ikea anyway as I've ran out of poles...I only had 3 & all my ribbon doesnt fit on.

Before the christmas I ordered a load of these clips....cant remember the name of them. I had already a load of keyring in my jewellery stash so I cable tied the keyring to the poles (yes I raided hubby's shed for the cable ties lol) I then started folding my ribbons & putting the clips on them & then hooking them onto the keyrings. I'm not very good at explaining sometimes so it might be better if you just click on the piccy to enlarge lol.

This is the last piccy this is a pearl bracelet & earrings that I make to symbolise Lung Cancer, I sell them to raise money for Roy Castle Foundation which is the only charity totally dedicated to Lung Cancer alone. If you click on the pic to enlarge you will just be able to make out the name what I call them.
Actually I will put another pic on to show you better.

So this is now the last pic lol. With every bracelet brought I give away a pair of earrings. They are all made with white imitation pearl & crystal beads & with 'Hope' charms attached. On the tag which I made & printed myself is the name of the jewellery. The lung cancer jewellery is called 'Joro Gems' the Joro represents 2 important people....the JO are the 1st 2 letters of my dad's name John, who lost his fight against this disease 21/2 years ago....the RO are the 1st 2 letters of my brother's name Robert who is still fighting this disease, he is just 34 years old. They both had different types of lung cancer, my dad unfortunately had the worst kind....the most progressive kind. My brother however has the slowest growing 1. The one my brother has is not even caused by smoking its from scarring on his lungs...well thats what they think anyway!!
So the JO & RO came together as 'Joro Gems'.
Well thats my craft room in progress I will post piccies of the finished thing & if I think of any more storage idea's or tips I will post them on. I love my ribbon storage they used to be in big plastic drawers on wheels that went under the bench but they were that full I never saw half of what I was sometimes whatever I grabbed 1st. We are hopefully going back Ikea this week to get Natalie's wardrobe I've seen such a gorgeous big wardrobe in there that will go floor to ceiling its very yummy....while I'm there I will get more poles lol. I've also finally found wallpaper for my Jakes bedroom & Natalie's bedroom they are lush its took me 5 months to find Natalie's cus I'm so fussy & got it off the internet the same as Jake's as soon as he saw his he got me to order it straight away incase they sold out lol. I will show you a quick peek they only got delivered can carry on with Natalie's room this week.

This is Jake's which is perfect for a teenage boy....I love it!!

This is Natalie's but let me tell you its soooo more beautiful IRL the silver is all glittery so it really sparkles when the light catches it.......she has her own bit of bling on the wall....honeslty its nearly as gorgeous as my princess...
Well I'm sooo sorry if I've bored you but if you have got to the end xoxoxox to you well done lol.
Thank you so much for popping by I'm gonna catch up a little bit if I can keep my eyes open long enough as its nearly midnight lol. If not I will see you all in the morn altho I have managed to visit quite a few this morn before I started lol.
Anyway tatty bye peeps loves ya loads & loads.
Huggles & kisses