Sunday, 19 July 2009

Sunday Sketch & Stamp 7: Happy Birthday SIS!

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I'd like to show you my DT card for Sunday Sketch and Stamp. Today marks the beginning of challenge 7, which is a great sketch by my fellow SS&S DT member, Ger.

Remember that the challenges over at Sunday Sketch & Stamp run for 2 weeks, so there's plenty of time to get your entries in! If you enter this fortnight's challenge, you could win a brand new Wild Rose Studio stamp entitled "Best Friends" - which is the image I've used for my card!

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It's my little sister's birthday today (well, she's not little anymore, but she is 4 years younger than me!), and so I made this card for her. I thought the stamp fitted perfectly - it's supposed to be me on the left (dark blonde and 3" taller) and my sister on the right (used to be white blonde when she was very young):

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I've glittered up 'our' shoes, necklaces and the 3 starbursts using my Sakura Glitter Clear Gel pen.... although you can't see it particularly well!I'm going to enter this card into this week's Creative Inspirations challenge 17, which is "Stitching" (real or faux).

Thanks for looking and for any comments you may have - I LOVE reading them!

TTFN! Hugs, Sem xx

We R Memory Keepers 6x6 Paper Pad 'Tiffany's' : October Afternoon 12x12 paper Weathervane 'Chilly Mornings : Core'dinations cardstock 'French Roast' : Prima flowers : Card Candy, pearls, ribbon, 3d foam pads all from stash : Martha Stewart Border Punch 'Scallop Dot' : Nesties Labels 4 : Wild Rose Studio image 'Best Friends' : Whisper Pens

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Just Magnolia #13 again! ... my second entry

Hey everyone!

This is going to be a very quick post, as I have to leave the house in 5 mins for the school run!

I made this card at the same time as my second entry for this week's Just Magnolia challenge, but couldn't upload it before now as I've only been able to access the net on our dinosaur of a laptop, which is fine for surfing but just locks up totally when trying to upload or download!

Unfortunately, I can't enter this into Cute Card Thursday "Thank You Miss" challenge, as it's too late now!! (This card is another thank you card for my daughter to give her cookery club teacher - thought the image was really apt! - no name, as dd's not sure whether her teacher is really a Mrs or Miss - they all call her Miss, but then kids call most female teachers Miss whether they're married or not!).

I'll hop on at a later date and pop in the 'ingredients' for this card, but for now that's it!

Would love to know what you think!

Must fly!

Hugs, Sem xx

K&Co Sweet Talk 'Sweet Treats' 12x12 paper : Core'dinations cardstock 'Heartfelt' & ' Tranquil Blue' : Card Candy : Martha Stewart Border Punch : Prima flower : Flower punches : Oval Nesties : Magnolia 'Cupcake Tilda with Cowberry Muffin' stamp : Whispers Pens & Copic Ciaos : Rest from stash

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Something fun for a rainy Wednesday morning...

Christine has a list of questions up on her blog, most of which you have to answer with just one word. So here goes.....

1. Where is your cell phone? pocket
2. Your significant other? Andy
3. Your hair? blonde
4. Your mother? Gill
5. Your siblings? 2
6. Your favorite thing? daughter
7. Your dream last night? forgotten
8. Your favorite drink? juice
9. Your dream/goal? happiness
10. The room you're in? study
11. Your fear? insects
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? NZ
13. Where were you last night? teaching
14. What you're not? young
15. One of your wish list items? Nestabilities
16. Where you grew up? Bristol (UK)
18. The last thing you did? laundry
17. What are you wearing? jeans
18. Your TV? widescreen
19. Your pet? none
20. Your computer on? yes
21. Your life? Happy
22. Missing someone? no
23. Your car? MPV
24. Something you're not wearing? jewellery
25. Favorite Store? loads
26. Your summer? rainy
27. Your favorite color? red
28. When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
29. Last time you cried? Friday

And for the last 4 questions, it's 4 answers:
30. FOUR PEOPLE WHO E-MAIL ME? Jess, Julie, Shelia, Clare
31. FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS: Indian, crisps, tomatoes, raspberries
32. FOUR PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW: Christchurch (NZ), Broad Haven (Wales), playing my piano, in my craft room
33. FOUR PEOPLE I THINK WILL RESPOND: Julie, Barb, Clare, +1 other!

Thanks Christine, that was fun!!

If you'd like to play along, please leave me a comment so that I (and Christine) can visit!

Hugs, Sem x

Monday, 13 July 2009

Just Magnolia #13: Thank You Miss!

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MME Bloom & Grow "Grow" 'Fallen Leaves' and 'Little Blossom' 12x12 double-sided paper : Core'dinations cardstock 'Tank' (OG030) and 'Tangerine' (CO030) : Magnolia "Tilda with Pencils" stamp : Copic Ciaos & Whispers : Martha Stewart Scallop Dot Border Punch : Oval nestabilities : Prima flowers : Spacers, brads, heart charm, ribbons, pearls, 3D foam pads from stash : Computer generated sentiment

Hey everyone!

Today I'd like to show you a card I made this morning for dd's teacher. Only this week and next week left at school before we break up for the summer hols ... ooh can't wait!!!

I followed Mina's scrumptious sketch, which is this week's challenge over at Just Magnolia.

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I thought "Tilda with Pencils" would be perfect for this card - I coloured her skin/face with Copic Ciaos and the rest of her with my Whispers:

Click to enlarge imageAnd to finish I added lots and lots of embellies, as I just love them!!

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Finally, I'm going to enter this card into the following 4 challenges:

1. Just Magnolia - Week 13: I have followed Mina's sketch.

2. Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 68 "Thank You Miss": Thank You card for dd's teacher.

3. Creative Inspirations - Challenge 16 "Gems and/or Pearls": My card has three orange pearls in the top LH corner!

4. Papertake Weekly - My Favourite Things: My favourite things have just got to be embellishments.. LOTS and LOTS of embellishments!! LOL! My card has pearls, spacers, brads, prima flowers, charm, ribbons, cord ... tee hee!!

Well, that's it from me for today folks! Thanks for dropping by my lil ole blog! And if you have any comments, I'd really love to hear them as they REALLY brighten my day!!

TTFN! Hugs, Sem xx

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Inky Impressions Challenge #5: Lili meets PaperPlay

Click to enlarge image Morning all!

Today I'd like to share with you my card for this week's Inky Impressions Challenge (week #5). The challenge this week is follow the Split Coast Stampers Challenges sketch 235, which was a great one to use!

I wanted to use some paper that had a fairly small pattern, and if possible, something with circles, and this piece of paper from my new W R Memory Keepers Tiffany 6x6 pad was perfect!

Click to enlarge image I think I really ought to invest in a few circle punches, as I had to cut out and then emboss the 9 circles, and then cut out the 9 scalloped circles with my nesties & cuttlebug!! It took an absolute age to cut out 18 circles and emboss 9 of them, one at a time!!!! That's 27 runs through the Cuttlebug!!! I decided to make the circles in two different sizes for contrast, and then popped the larger ones up with 3D foam pads.

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I used the Inky Impressions stamp called 'Lili's Prayer' - she is SO great to colour and definitely my fave of the moment!! I used a mixture of Copics and Whispers to colour her (I can't figure out how to colour hair yet with my Copics!!):

Click to enlarge imageI wanted to replicate in some way the pattern on the paper, so I made my circles black with a white scalloped edge, then handmade the flowers using green and pink card. I don't have very many flower punches, and so I couldn't copy the flowers exactly, but I really like how they turned out! I was going to put punched-out butterflies on the smaller circles, but they just didn't look as right as the small white flowers.

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I'm going to enter this card into this week's PaperPlay challenge (week 24), which is to use handmade flower(s) on your project.

Well, that's it from me for today. Hope you like my card? And if you have any Inky Impressions stamps, then why don't you hop on over to the challenge blog and join in?

Thanks, as always, for dropping by and for any comments you have. I love reading them - they really brighten my day!

TTFN! Hugs, Sem xx


Paper: We R Memory Keepers 'Tiffany's' 6x6 paper pad
Cardstock: Core'dinations 12x12 'Nightfall' and plain white card
Tools: Nestabilities, flower punches, inverted corner punch, paper trimmer, 3D foam pads, glue
Stamp: Inky Impressions 'Lili's Prayer'
Colouring media: Copic Ciaos & Whisper Pens
Embellishments: Green & orange pearls from stash

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Sunday Sketch & Stamp 6: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLARE!

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This is my DT card for today's Sunday Sketch & Stamp's Challenge #6, which is a fabulous sketch by the super-talented Barb.

Today is also a very special day for my Sunday Sketch & Stamp DT sistah, Clare, as it's her birthday!!! When I found out that Clare's birthday was on the very day of our 6th challenge, I emailed the rest of the DT (in secret!) to let them know and to suggest that maybe we could make our DT cards actual birthday cards for Clare!!! So I hope you were surprised Clare!!!

wishing you a fan-tab-u-lous day!!

So onto the card (which should be safely in Clare's inky hands by now!). Crafts 4 Eternity are our sponsors for this challenge and have kindly donated 4 digi stamps for the challenge prize. The DT were lucky enough to be given all 4 digi stamps to play with for this challenge, and the one I chose was in 'landscape' rather than 'portrait' so I rotated Barb's fantastic sketch 90 degrees to the left and then used it in its mirror-image:

The digi image I chose is called 'Gotch Ya!' and was originally a 'Mister' Frog before I got my hands on it! LOL! I erased the collar and tie, and then once I'd printed and coloured the image, I hand-drew some lips and eyelashes.... and voila....'Mrs Frog' was born:

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A bit of glitter on her lips and the wings of that 'tasty' fly and she was done!

We'd love you to play along with us at Sunday Sketch & Stamp, so why don't you 'hop' on over now (...hee hee, sorry, couldn't resist!!) and check out the rest of the DT's creations.

Hope you all have a FAB week!

Hugs, Sem xx

Dovecraft Retro Floral 8x8 paper pad : Core'dinations cardstock 'Chocolate Mocha' & 'St Valentino' : Bazzill cardstock : 'Gotch Ya!' Digital Image from Crafts 4 Eternity : Copic Ciaos (36A) : Cuttlebug 'Floral Fantasy' Embossing Folder : Scallop scissors : Nestabilities : Prima flowers, Pink gems, Pink ribbon & 3D foam pads from stash

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Inky Impressions: Clean & Simple Lili...

Click to enlarge image Happy Independence Day to all my American friends!

Today I'd like to share with you a card I have made which is completely out of my comfort zone! Something I have never attempted before.... clean and simple! I have made it for the Split Coast Stampers 'Clean & Simple' CAS21 challenge. It sure was an awful lot quicker to make than my usual creations! LOL! The longest and hardest part was trying to figure out how to emboss the base cardstock (with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing folder) without having to resort to embossing another piece of card and sticking it to the front!

My intention was to make it even simpler without the pearls and the bottom piece of blue card, but I think they add that finishing touch!

Click to enlarge imageI used my Inky Impressions Lili's Prayer stamp, and used my Sakura Glitter Gelly Pen to highlight and glitter-up her earrings, eyeshadow, bracelet, belt and buckle on her hairband.

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Well, that's about it from me for today, folks!!

Thanks so much for dropping by my tiny corner of the www, and for taking the time to comment! I love reading them, and they really make my day!

Hugs, Sem xx