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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Less is More and Allsorts challenge

This is my first ever entry into the Less is More sketch challenge, I've often looked at other peoples entries but been a bit frightened of all of the white space but I really enjoyed it, it is also my entry to the Allsorts challenge which was to use my 2 favourite colours "Lemon and Lime" I love them so much that my wedding theme was those exact colours so it was a pleasure to do this challenge.



This is the Less is More sketch

The papers used are from the free Pink Petticoat kit "Lifes Lemons" and the lemons were cut on my Silhouette machine. I've been making a real effort to use up things that I already have primted instead of printing new papers off and these particular papers have been hanging around in my paper file for at least 2 years I think s it was good to finally give them an outing.


Hope you like them


Wendy

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Saturday, 25 June 2011

Let the Christmas planning begin.......

Well it's that time of year when I start all of the planning for the festive period, to non-cardmakers and crafters I''m sure they'd think that's ridiculous but I'm sure all of your crafters understand exactly where I'm coming from.


I handmake all of my cards and presents and it takes a lot of planning but I find it all so worthwhile that it's a joy rather than a chore. June is early to start planning but all of those chutneys and jams take time to mature so the earlier the better as far as I'm concerned.


I work in retail so Christmas Day tends to be just a day off to me therefore I need to have military precision in my planning otherwise it ends up so stressful that I don't enjoy it.


So that brings me to this years Christmas planner which I find absolutely invaluable. This year I've made it from a We Are Memory Keepers scrapbooking kit that I bought from QVC earlier in the year, I 'm so pleased I got it before it sold out as the papers are just gorgeous.


and here it is -








I got really carried away with the glossy accents but I think it gives those sticker alphas a whole new dimension (I sound like a craft TV presenter there lol).




I hope you like it and I can't wait to get it into use.


Thanks for looking


Wendy


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Monday, 20 June 2011

Allsorts 3 2 1 challenge

Hi


I've had a really busy week and had not time to enter any challenges so hopefully there'll be a few more this week, first up I've got my entry to the Allsorts challenge which is to use 3 papers 2 ribbons and 1 flower. In keeping with the theme of the course I'm doing by Shimelle I have only used things that were already in my stash, it's actually not that scary using all the old stuff up because it's making room for plenty new things which is actually quite exciting. Anyway on with the card -





I used papers from my Pink Petticoat Vintage Rose pad ( which seems to last forever) the flower was cut with my silhouette machine and again was cut out of the same paper pack and the ribbon is from my stash.


I've decided that all of the card's that I make for challenges are going into a box as a Xmas gift for my Mam because she's always asking me for cards to give to people and that way she can have a plentiful supply for all occasions.


Hope you like it


Wendy

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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Here Comes Summer....................

Well seeing as we've had a few days of sunshine it got me right in the mood for this weeks Spoonfull of Sugar challenge, I've been working 7 days in a row this week so haven't really had a great deal of time for cardmaking so this is a quick card that I made from my Echo Park downloads, it's the Springtime paper pack which I got on my favourite day of the week "One Buck Wednesday" at Jessica Sprague. I think at the moment I live for Wednesdays as I love bargain.




The card was really simple to make, I re-sized one of the papers to fit the front of my card, printed it off, added some bunting, glossy accents and diamontes, stamped my sentiment and that's it done. Perfect for me when I'm having such a hectic week.


Hope you like it

Wendy

:-)

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Allsorts Challenge

Here is my entry for this weeks Allsorts Challenge which was to make a card that is "All White" I've seen a lot of cards that are plain white and I've always wanted to try it so now I've finally done it. I wanted to keep it quite plain as I thought the simplicity of the colour needed to speak for itself.




I used plain white pearlescent card for the base and the embossed part, the ribbon and gem are from my stash and the sentiment is an Anna Griffin stamp which I stamped in black then heat embossed it with White Pearl embossing powder from Powder Arts. I got the powder from a Craft Fayre and I love it, it is definitely my product of the moment, it almost transforms the colour of the ink to something much softer which is why I used it on this card as I feel the soft grey works really well with the plain white.


I loved doing this card so much I made another straight away ha ha!


Hope you like them


Wendy


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Thursday, 2 June 2011

Flower Power

This is my entry for this weeks Spoonfull Of Sugar Challenge which was called Flower Power , the criteria was very simple - use flowers on your project!


I wanted to use these flowers which I've had hanging around for ages. I bought a load of them from an online store that was selling them off for 20p per pack, of course I went completely crazy bought tons of them and have never used them. I'm sure I remember telling my Husband that I won them because I was so embarrased to admit I had bought that many lol!


Thanks to a post I recently read on Vickys blog "Blush" I learned about some online classes by a lady called Shimelle, after reading through her site I joined the class entitled "Something From Almost Nothing" It's a great class which is designed to help you use up all of those bits and bobs that have been collected over the years that you've either forgotten you have or you've been saving them for "something special". I have only done class 1 and already I actually feel as though I want to use up all my old stash so that's where the inspiration for this card came from.





The sentiment is an Anna Griffin stamp and everything else on there is from my stash.


Hope you like it


Wendy


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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Boredom Buster!!

My Mam decided to take my 3 nieces away again to France for a holiday, she again thought it a good idea to drive them there........... from Newcastle, hmmm I think this confirms she is verging on insanity! Anyway she needed things to entertain 2 11 year olds and a 13 year old so I decided to look up some road trip games and then made them a little booklet so they can just flick straight to a game and hopefully have a bucket load of fun!



And here it is.......



















I used my Vintage Rose papers from Pink Petticoat and printed the games myself, I then laminated it as I wanted it to be robust and then hooked it altogether on a book ring.


I'm hoping it has entertained them somehow otherwise I may have a very demented Mother by the time they return ha ha!!


Hope you like it


Wendy

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