Wednesday, 30 January 2008

birthdays, birthdays, everywhere

Two birthdays in two days, one for my MIL and the other my Dad.
So first off, I went back to the trusty pile of Doodlebug and found the cake still on the Birthday Girl sticker sheet so that was my start. I used the Cotton Candy Dot paper, a Pebbles Inc duplicates rub on, May Arts double sided ribbon (lime/pink), sticky backed gems from Lakeland, and a pin with Papermania beads on. There is a pale gray hand drawn edge on the pearl card (Papermill) which is not very visible in the photo.
I felt really clever cutting the edge of the card (spot that lovely scollop) using my nestabilities (I threaded the card through the centre and only used a small cutting mat).
My dad has just helped (or rather we helped him) to rewire our new house so he deserved something special, so I broke into my Nana’s Kids papers by DCWV. I’ve not even scrapped with them because they were too pretty for me to ruin. Out came the Nana’s kids chipboard too for the letters, as well as some of the bright textured cardstock, which was cut  with scolloped scissors and placed behind train section. My dad loves trains so it should prove suitable.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

dcwv card challenge take 2

I love stickles, but I hate waiting for them to dry. I think I managed to smudge out where I stuck my finger in the wet glue...
Another DCWV paper (well glittered up) with Making Memories brads and a Pebbles Inc. Duplicates rub on.
On another note, this like quite a few of the cards I make is being turned into a card kit for my mum. I made a kit for her for Christmas with everything prepared for her to just stick. She loves to craft but after badly breaking her upper arm and elbow and severing the nerve to half her hand she finds fiddly things frustrating. Combined with being a full time carer to my bed ridden gran she does not get to craft much unless from an everythings there kit.

The Christmas kit had more than 100 cards in it, (complete with instruction book :-) I felt very professional) but she is more than half way through and is asking for another for her birthday.
Consequently now, more often than not, I make one card and prepare 3 others. It’s a great gift if you’ve got time and inclination.
Monday, 28 January 2008

dcwv card challenge

 On UKS the weekly challenged looked doomed and I mentioned what a sucker I am for just a few brands. I confess I don’t really look at other brands much when I am shopping on the net and just look out for my few favorites. One of the brands I said I have loads of is DCWV (more than 12” of papers and card) and that is the brand that came up this week, probably because of my bragging.
All of todays cards were made with a value pack of DCWV papers (over 400 8” sheets) which I got as a OTO on QVC ages ago. I also used the matching Brights and Neutrals card stacks.
So with the challenge firmly met I had to do something. So first up, DCWV papers and card with Turquoise and Diamond stickles and a touch of Anita’s sticky ribbon. The word ‘thanks’ is cut from the Quickutz ‘Bright’ alphabet (I love this), and a Clearlitz star.
 Next up, DCWV papers and card once again, along with a DCWV value sticker. I used Diamond stickles, American Crafts ribbon and a stamp from Missy B Designs (available at First Class Crafts), I also added some goggle eyes :-). The frog was coloured using Whispers  pens and a Whispers blender pen. I used that Clearlitz star once again.
Next, a paisley sheet lovingly glittered with Turquoise and Diamond stickles, finished with a scolloped square cut out of Vanilla Bazzill and white card. The flowers are Prima out of the ‘Got Milk’ crate with the centres Papermania adhesive gems. The ‘Happy Birthday’ sticker is DCWV value pack. I used my new Nestabilites and although it doesn’t look like it on the photo the plain edge square is embossed.

Finally, another use of that Clearlitz star! DCWV papers and card with a DCWV value sticker for the message along with Diamond stickles and American Crafts ribbon. I also used my new Nestabilites once again (here you can see the embossed detail).
I’m definitely in a star phase, I’m using this Clearlitz die all of the time and I love these Nestabilities.... hmmm this could be expensive.
Sunday, 27 January 2008

rudolph day, january - brenda pin nick

On UKscrappers someone had a great idea to turn the 25th of every month into Rudolph Day - a day to make Christmas cards so there is no panic at the end of the year.
Well I raided the Brenda Pinnick Christmas box from QVC and knocked out 4 cards. I was a day late because I was a bit busy on the 25th.
The first card I used my Quickutz  dies to make some snowflakes, added a length of green grosgrain and the rest came from the kit.

The second, I used all Brenda Pinnick stuff except the ribbon.

The third, entirely Brenda Pinnick again except for the stickles on Santa’s hat and beard.

Finally, the fourth, stickles again and a piece of pink card scrap.

Wow, I feel productive..
Saturday, 26 January 2008

wii my valentine

How do you make a non-vomitty Valentine for your non-vomitty other half.
Well, I felt very clever when I thought of this little pun. It’s so difficult for me to keep a secret, I get so excited I just want to tell someone. Somehow last year I managed to keep my mouth shut and this card went down really well.
I did get told that his wii does not have a controller like that and it looks more like a playstation controller but I think he was  missing the point.
Words cut with Quickutz Katie classic alphabet, controller another Quickutz die, the heart is from the sizzlits window and frame making set.
All papers are Doodlebug Bazzill.

Now I have to do something as clever this year....
Thursday, 24 January 2008

brenda pinnick style

I really do wonder at times if anyone reads my little blog, I know that it is odd having a dotmac blog rather than one with typepad or blogger but I find this easy to edit and style. I’m always glad to get a comment but I realize that as I am quite quiet I leave few comments on others blogs.
Cardwise, I’ve been lacking in mojo so last night I broke into my little used Brenda Pinnick All Occasions kit from QVC, and out popped 4 cards!
First off the thank you card made on my favorite card size at the moment 10.5 cm sq. A little American Crafts ribbon, a Pebbles Inc duplicates rub on a few gems and a die cut using my new ‘Merry’ alphabet and voila!
Second up, another use of my new nestabilities dies :-). Brenda Pinnick papers once again, with American Crafts ribbon and a piece of Brenda Pinnick chipboard. The stamp is from studio G which I cut in half so the message was more square. It was one of their 99p  sets so didn’t matter much, the ink is KI memories Envy. It was finished with a pin decorated with a couple of beads.
Third up was using the precut 1.5” squares from the box of which you get hundreds! I used six random one and finished with a message, this idea I definitely stole from one of the Creating Keepsakes card boxes where it was done with chipboard. Again the stamp is one of the 99p Studio G ones.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

stolen rainbows

Today a card idea I unashamedly stole from Mystic Nat. I got these stickers in a QVC kit in one of those moments when it is such a bargain I loose myself (something which I have just about managed to get over!).
The rub-on is from Pebbles Inc. where would I be without these! I wanted to use a stamp but found I had nothing that really fitted into the square and I was worried abou the ink smudging, although Staz-On would have been fine I’m sure.
Not much else to say...
Tuesday, 22 January 2008

things best remembered...

I’ve been after a ‘Bind it all’ for a little while to make little books to give as gifts. However, yesterday I stumbled across these jelly covered notebooks in the WHSmith’s sale. £3.99 reduced to 49p!
So, I got out my unused Magnolia stamp, and my long unused Whispers pens and made this little book.
I probably got carried away with the Gloo (as I always do) but for a first attempt at one of these books I didn’t think it was bad.

I was also quite pleased with my colouring in after all of this time. I was particularly pleased with how well I stayed in the lines!
Saturday, 19 January 2008

tweet tweet twidely deet

I bought this little Stamps Away bird stamp a while ago, and until today he has been unused.

Here he was stamped onto pearl card from the Papermill and then layered onto a matching size scolloped square.

The background paper is Basic Grey Phoebe, I’ve never been much of a fan of Basic Grey as I find it fussy but somehow I have this 6” pad so I used it!

Again I’ve used letters from the stash, sticking to my new year resolution to use up some of the ends.
Saturday, 12 January 2008

wedding birds

I was really lucky too go into the Papermill and find pearl card in the pick and mix. While I was there I also picked up this sweet Dovecraft stamp (from a 99p set).

Used here with KI memories Just Married Soul Mates papers and some old letters from the ‘use up’ stash.

I’ve also used my lovely new Nestabilites dies. I really want the paisley set, but I haven’t won the lottery recently so I am just going to have to be satisfied for a while.
Saturday, 5 January 2008

i forgot how much i like doodlebug

My new year’s resolution was to use up some of the stash I have collected, and have no use for in my scrapping. Mainly poundland purchases, peel offs and oddments I haven’t thrown away.

On each card I have to use at least one of these items, here a Papermania present sticker from a nearly used up sheet.

I have combined it with other things not from the use up pile, Doodlebug sea stripe paper and swimming pool ribbon, Pebbles Inc rub-ons and some gem stones.

It reminds me how much I love Doodlebug and how everything just matches. Oh dear, I feel a spend coming on.