Friday, 6 August 2010

Bad blogger!

Hello, what a bad blogger I am being at he moment!  I am however finally feeling a lot better, thank heavens, so hopefully I will get back to it on a more regular basis (well we can all live in hope).  I popped into see Marilyn (Colin's Mum) yesterday and she said that I finally have some colour back in my cheeks.  I have to admit I was getting a little sick of seeing the ghost looking back at me in the mirror, lol.

Now everyone, don't forget about the amazing competition to win a whole set of Letraset Aquamarkers on the Polka Doodles blog, you'll find details on my previous post and on the PD blog, plus Nikky is doing a tutorial on how to use them each week, so get yourself over there and check it out.

This weeks challenge over at Polka Doodles is to follow a sketch, and it was originally set by Kerry.  Sadly Kerry has made the decision to leave the Design Team.  Kerry has been on the team right from the beginning and we will all miss her lovely design projects and messages.  Anyway, getting back to the challenge which the lovely Jenny stepped in to oversee.  I decided to make an A4 card this week as an added challenge, I also wanted to use the Christmas Doodles rubber stamp plate.  One reason for making the large card was to show that you really don't have to have a large image just because you are making the card large.  I know a lot of crafters are wary of making these, but you really shouldn't be, don't let size put you off, it's really no different from making smaller cards.  Go wild and give it a go for the special people in your lives.  I used the juicy Aquamarkers for the stamped image, but I used them directly onto the stamps them bled out the reindeer and the tree trunk with a a damp paintbrush.  The backing papers are all from the Jingle Jangles cd, which I have to admit is one of my favourites.  Just add the brads, ribbon and stickles and hey presto, you've got yourself a lovely card.
Here is my card from last weeks challenge which was set by Nikky and we had to make something generic that could be given to a male or female.  I used one of Nikky's new templates, this one is called Dee's Double Diamond and it makes a really sweet little card that you can do all sorts with.  I first made this card a couple of years ago for one of the Making Cards special editions magazines and it proved to be very popular.  Nikky has produced 15 new fantastic templates.  There are pop-outs and shaped cards and they are really versatile, so why not pop over to the shop and have a look at them.  The decoupage owl and the backing papers are all from the Mr Twitty collection on the Paper Boutique Vol 1 cd.
Now for some card sets that I made for Making Cards.  I had great fun with this first set, and I was really pleased with how they turned out.  Sometimes you have what you think is a brilliant idea, and when you actually make them it turns into a nightmare and you wish you hadn't started.  I'm glad to say that wasn't the case with these.
And these are the cards I made with Dots and Spots decorative tape.  I just love her artistic style and as soon as I saw these tapes I had to have some and get creative with them.
And some more Polka Doodles products, This time the Fairy Flutterfly stamps which are just adorable.  \This set was all about paper piecing and I used some lovely Basic Grey papers and peach card for flesh areas.
Sammy hasn't made an appearance for a while so here's a quick couple of pics of him.  He's been so good with me while I was poorly, we had many a snugly cuddly hour in front of the telly.


Jayscrafts said...

Well, you may have been a bad blogger and very poorly but you have made some beautiful cards. Loved your samples you made for Nikky's show. Keep up the good work. Love, Julia xx

Emma said...

It's was wonderful news to know that you're feeling a little better and as always, your samples are stunning!

Have a fabulous weekend!
Love and hugs,

Tip Top said...

Wow! Just love the beach cards - they are fantastic!!

Glad to hear you are no longer ghost-like!