Saturday, 31 October 2009

The end of another week!!

Another busy week and not a lot of crafting done again!!! The footings are dug and concreted for the conservatory, bricklaying next. That will be a challenge for Hubby. FIL is going to help as he is more skilled than Hubby at bricklaying, the only thing that worries me is that he has had his 80th birthday this week.....................
I have had a visit to Wends this week but the cards were a combined effort so they are for the Stamps and Memories blog. I came away with a few goodies though!!! Whoops!!! I just needed the new stamps that she has, not been inked up yet and I have now discovered Glamour Dust!! I'm quite a sparkly person anyway, but this stuff is just fab, now that had to be tried out!!!! So here we go!! This card covers five challenges..........
I have used a Penny Black stamp that I have had for a couple of years but is so cute
Coloured with Copic markers
C00, C-1
W00, W-1
YG0000, YG00, YG03 and YG06
YR0000, Y00 and Y02
E00, E33, E43, E50, E51 and E53
R20, R22 and R27
Nestibilities Round and Round Scalloped
Swirls, snow flakes and snowdots (I think that is what they are called)
Cuttle bug folders
Hobby Craft large snowflake punch
White liquid pearls
Glamour dust
Ribbon, card, pearls from stash
Not sure about this one, didn't enjoy the white and not happy with the ribbon but it's the only white ribbon in my stash. It sparkles beautifully though!!
Happy Halloween!!!
Jo x

Yay, I made the top 5!!!!!!!!

How excited am I!!!
Thanks to the lovely ladies that chose me!!
Back later
Jo x

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

A whole week's gone by!!!

Oh dear, where has the week gone, am so sorry I just haven't made contact with the craft room for nearly a whole week and then it has taken me two evenings to make this card!! Not good!! Well our week, old conservatory has finally come down, wall has been knocked down, bricks and building materials have arrived. And all been carried through the house as we have no back access to the garden anymore, all one thousand bricks by wheelbarrow. Good job I'm a patient wife!!! And guess what, Hubby has got himself another job!!! Good news, be it only temporary until Christmas, but what about my nice new conservatory (summer craft room)?? I suppose the bricks will be there for a long while now, oh well, I can always put some plant pots on them in the summer!! So folks, watch this space ...................
Anyway this card that I have made and am actually going to use, fits in with a few challenges. I've totally lost track so hope I'm in time for these!!
Magnolia Tins and Tilda with Lolly Stamps
Sentiment from Woodware set
Black Tuxedo Momento Ink pad
Coloured with Copic Ciao, Sketch and Spica Pens
Deckled edge rectangle Nestibilities
Martha Stewart Doily and Leaf Punch
Flowers are Hobbycraft and Prima
Papers are Papermania
Glitter, Card, brads, buttons and pearls from stash.
Now off to visit all your lovely blogs
Jo x

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

High Hopes challenge 49-Untraditional Christmas and A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 74

Oh my goodness, have you ever seen anything like it, what ever possessed me to choose purple!!! Nikki from High Hopes Challenge wanted an untraditional Christmas card with red and green kept to a minimum so I thought a challenge, don't use them at all. As I think the High Hopes images are my favourite ever, I just had to have a go!! There was a lovely simple sketch over on A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge this week too which I thought would be perfect for me as I do simple, especially as my crafting habits seem to be after 9pm!! So here is my creation, hope you like it!!
Snowman Stamp by High Hopes
Sentiment by Impression Obsession
Coloured with Copics Ciao Pens and Spica Clear Glitter Pen
Paper is Daisy and Dandelion
Felt Snowflakes by Hero Arts
Card by Papermania
Glossy Accents
Gems from Stash
That's all for today folks
Jo x

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Winter Wonderland Week 21 The Christmas Stocking and Allsorts Challenge Week 23

I decided at 9 o'clock last night that I needed to make a card!! It was nearly 7pm when I got home from work too!! But the need was there. So what to make!! I managed to create this below which will go into two of this weeks challenges.
Over on Winter Wonderland this weeks challenge is The Christmas Stocking and
The Allsorts Challenge is a sketch and Monochrome Christmas.
(Notice I have just discovered how to link, it was a case of what's that button for!!)
I eventually went to bed around 1.30am and I'm sorry I didn't have time to blog!!
Took a couple of piccies this morning and then decided it needed a bit more on it, so I have finished and sorry but it's now OTT!! Just don't know when to stop!! I love my little gems!!
Any way hope you like it!!
Stamp used is a Leigh Hannan design from Impression Obsession, my new one from Saturdays show!
Sentiment from Impression Obsession
Coloured with every shade of blue Copic Ciao!! I now have them all He He!!
My favourite Labels Four Nesties
Martha Stewart Loop punch, another of my favs at the mo!
Felt Snow Flakes are Hero Arts
Card is Bazill Basics Dotted Swiss Neptune Trio
Glossy Accents
All of the above are available from my friend Wendy at Stamps and Memories
Flower Soft Polar White
Gems, Paper and Brads are from Stash.
Catch up with you all later!!
Jo x

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Sketch Saturday 73

Wow, what a hectic day yesterday!! Spent the day with Wendy and Karen at the Stamps and Memories Christmas Extravaganza in Kintbury, exhausted or what!! But can you believe, that after all that, we went back to Wendy's and made a card just for the sake of it, trying out Wendy's stamp and my new nesties!!! Mine is below, have kept it nice and simple this week just about qualifies for the sketch but as this paper is really busy, I thought it best not to overcrowd it. So Wend, where is yours?!!!!!!!!
This is where the problem starts!!
I haven't a clue what the stamp is other than Stampevie and it's gorgeous,
I think the sentiment is from Papermania
Don't know what the DP is (from Wendy's stash!)
I have coloured with Copic Ciao and Spica Pens
Labels two nestabilities (I think!)
Card from Wendys Stash
Pearls from my stash!

That's it for today folks!!

Jo x

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Copic Colour Challenge 35 and Simon Says ....Sketch

Another card this week, that's three, I'm doing well. It's the stress!! Major works going on here and the place is a mess, just matches my craft room now! Well the old conservatory is down, everything looks so bare and the garden looks huge but it will be all worth it. We now own every brick and tile, mortgage was paid off last week, and what a relief that is too, especially with hubby being out of work but we'll get there in the end!! Let's hope a job will become available for him soon.

Anyway, I thought I would have a go at the Copics Colour Challenge again this week, I'm not convinced that they actually look at any cards, but it's all for fun isn't it and we are all busy people. I have used the Simon Says Sketch so that I can enter that too. I always look at other peoples cards and feel that mine are never as good as theirs, but practice makes perfect and I think I have improved a little!!

The colours above are the ones that have to be used if you have them and I have them all this week, so here it is!!

The stamp I have used is a Sarah Kay stamp called Noel Charity
Copics used are:
Hair - E33, E35, E37 and E71
Shoes - E35 and E37
Parcel - E33 and E43
Step - C1, C3 and C5
Door - R22, R27 and R29
Flesh - R20 and E00
Coat - G00 and G02
Scarf and Hat - E43 and E50
Dress - BG01 and BG05
Martha Stewart Snowflake and Loop punch
Snowflake cuttlebug folder
Papers by Kaiser craft Waterberry

All the above are available from Wendy at Stamps and Memories who is holding a Papercraft Sale at Kintbury Village Hall on Saturday 17th October 2009 from 10am to 4pm.

See you there

Ribbons, flowers, pearls, card and spacers are from stash

Back soon

Jo x

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Have you seen this?

Marianne is giving away her first blog candy.
Mariannes Blog candy is running until 31 October, check it out here

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Sketch Saturday 72 and Copic Colour Challenge 34

Another post for today, a very quick one at that as it is now the early hours of the morning!! I will post later and catch you with all of our news but for now here is my next card. How gorgeous is this one?!! Another fantastic image from High Hopes, yes one of my favourites!
Stamp is Holly by High Hopes
Sentiment by Cuddley Buddley
Papers Unknown
Coloured with Copic Ciao as follows:
Tunic, ribbons and bows R35 and R37
Shoes YG 91, YG 95
Holly YG 63 and YG 67, R37
Belt C1, C3 and C5
Hair E31, E33 and E35
Flesh E00, E21 and Y0000
Ribbons, card and flowers from stash

Hope you like this one, must go

Jo x
Have changed the piccie on this one too, taken in daylight so not so yellow looking.

AllSorts Challenge 22 and Simon Says Boo! and Sunday Sketch and Stamp challenge 13

Oh, I am so sorry folks for neglecting my blog, I have spent so much time looking at your fab blogs that I have forgotten my own!! My mojo has gone missing and I am having severe problems creating anything at the moment, apart from being really busy too.
Any way this little gem of an image I found whilst blog hopping one evening. Isn't she just gorgeous. She is an image by Inger Harding and is so cute, even though she has no mouth!! Anyway if you pop across to you can see the other fantastic designs that she has created.
I have coloured her using my copic ciao as usual and used this lovely loop punch from Martha Stewart and I haven't a clue where the papers came from as I have had them for ages. This is my one and only Halloween card, so I hope you like it.

Bye for now

Jo x
I apologise for the poor quality picture but had to take it this evening!!
I have now swopped the piccie for one I took earlier outside, there was a little bit of daylight left when I got home!!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Winter Wonderland Challenge week 19 Sleighbells ring

Two cards in one day I hear you say!! I have had this image coloured in since July!! Since Newbury Show to be precise, I just couldn't resist it!! I had real difficulty with this card as the paper that I wanted to use because of the words on it, was square and the image was a huge oblong image. I have cut it down as small as I dare, as unfortunately the paper wasn't big enough to use on an A5 card. It looked a bit too much but needed something else if you know what I mean!! I think the snowflakes work especially as the words say "think of snow, think of sleigh bells". I do hope you all like it?

Yes, another High Hopes Stamp called Santa's Sleighride coloured with Copic Ciao Pens ( I really ought to give something else a try!)
Sentiment by Cuddley Buddley
Crystal Glitter
Spica Clear Glitter Pen
Spica Gold Glitter Pen
Glossy Accents
Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch
Gems, paper and card from Stash
That's all for today folks, as it's getting on for midnight and I have to go to work in the morning
Night, night
Jo x

High Hopes challenge 47 - Lotsa Layers and ABC E is for Embossing

Well today has been a good day, the nice man came and measured for the new conservatory and said it will be here in about 3 weeks. Poor Hubby nearly passed out, as the old one has to be taken down and new footings dug!! It's a good j0b he is still between jobs as he hasn't got time to go to work!!! No, to be fair we have decided to delay until Neil has done the work in his time or else it would be one mad panic and that's just not fair, not only that, we have a lot of sorting to do!! I decided to have a little tidy of my craft room today and it will last for the next few weeks I think. I really need to be ruthless and chuck out but you know what us crafters are like!!! It does look a little more organised, thanks to a few pine spice racks found in the local kitchen shop, ideal for keeping reels of ribbon and stickles etc on. Really pleased with how that idea worked out.
Well another new stamp and I just love her. I have another two of these to go yet, I am addicted to these gorgeous High Hopes Snowmen or Snowladies whichever you want to call them!! And I can't wait for the release of the Wags'n'whiskers stamps!!
I am putting this into the ABC challenge and High Hopes challenge.

Stamp is Snowlady Surprise by High Hopes coloured with Copic Ciao pens
Sentiment is from Cuddley Buddley
I have used Spica clear glitter pen on the fur on the coat to make it sparkle
I have used Snow Dots Cuttlebug folder, round and round scalloped nestibilities.
Martha Stewart Snowflake and doily punches
Glossy Accents
Flowers, spacers, gems, paper and cards from stash
Hope you like her

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Simon Says 24 hour card for Paige/girly challenge and Sketch Saturday challenge week 71

A busy day today, we are nearly celebrating paying off our mortgage, sometime this week and are being measured up for a replacement conservatory tomorrow. Yippee, a craft room with daylight!! Or should I refer to it as my weekend craftroom and keep the other one for the evenings. I can't wait, more room to spread my stash!! Anyway as today is World Cardmaking day, I told hubby that I was going to participate when we got home from shopping. This card covers two challenges. Sketch Saturday also requested pets as an extra and the Simon Says 24 hours challenge is a card for Paige, a young girl in the States that has lost an arm due to a boating accident, bless her. Check it out as there is a link to her story and this is where this card is going.

This stamp is Dog and Flower from the Wild Rose Studio as is the sentiment
Coloured with Copic Ciao Pens
Gorgeous Papers from Nannas nursery Baby collection
Labels One, round and deckled oblong Nestibilities
Martha Stewart Doily and Leaf Punch
Card, ribbon, flowers, brads, spacers and gems from Stash.
Hope you like it, may be back tomorrow!!
Jo x

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Sketch Saturday Challenge 70

Another card, yes I'm on catch up!! This card has taken me all week to make would you believe!! It's a bit of a variation on this Saturday sketch but I think it just about qualifies!!
More of my new stamps and I just loved colouring these tins, how sad am I, but it's true!!
And it's another Tilda but can't see that she hasn't got a mouth!!

Stamps used are Tilda with Lolly and Tin Boxes by Magnolia
Coloured with Copic Ciao
Spica Clear Glitter Pen
These gorgeous papers are DCWV Nanas Nursery Baby Girl
Martha Stewart Leaf Punch
Glossy Accents
Pearls, Brad, Flowers and Card from Stash
Isn't she gorgeous, hope you like her!!
Jo x

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 71 - Christmas and Simon Says Stamp Challenge Red and Green

I just love this card, I am really into Christmas cards at the moment, though I must confess to having made this one last week!! Am having problems with inspiration at the mo and have needed to make cards this week too, so have been unable to get rid of my stress. Never mind it's nearly the weekend!! This is another of my new stamps, yes I have loads but don't tell everyone, especially hubby!! And I have just realised that it will fit in with two challenges this week. A Spoon Full of Sugar is Christmas and Simon Says Stamp is red and green so here it is!!

This stamp is called Charley Elf and she is from Cuddley Buddley and I just love her!!
Stamped on Creative Smooth cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
I can't remember what the papers are as I have had them some years.
Coloured with Copic Ciao Pens
Square and Square Scalloped Nestibilities
Snowflake Martha Stewart Punch
Simple Scallop Martha Stewart Punch
Polar White Flower Soft
Gems and Card from Stash
Hope you like her
Jo x

Wags and Whiskers Blog Hop and Release

Have you seen this? Nikki and Lacy have joined together with Crissy (High Hopes ex designer) on a new venture. I just can't wait to see their new stamps!! Watch this space for the excitement when they are released as I just love Crissys style and they are doing a blog hop too. Release date is the 9th October but check it out with the link in my sidebar!!
Jo x