Sunday, 30 December 2007

Wedding Stamp

I've been asked my a couple of people where the stamp was from that I used on the black and white wedding card. It was from my local Craft Central for £1.99 and it's by katie & co.

Not sure if you would still be able to get it from there or if anyone on-line sells them

Thursday, 27 December 2007

More Cards

I've been colouring a few images I'd been sent by Julie at Julies Japes the last couple of nights in front of the telly and I've managed to make them into cards this afternoon.

The swirl paper is from Pink Petticoat and has been added to the base of the card. I've then added a strip of pink card across the middle and tied some pink ribbon to the left hand side. I've added a Pink Petticoat greeting mounted onto the same pink card to the bottom left hand corner.

With this card I have added pink card to the left hand side of the card. I've used a strip of the same paper as above mounted onto pink card. Pink spotty ribbon has been tied round it and this has been added to the middle of the card. The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and I've added 3 little gems to the bottom right hand corner.

The paper on this card was from the kids Dovecraft pack, I've mounted the image onto red card and also a Happy Birthday sentiment.

PTW - Shop til you drop

I decided to try the Papertake Weekly Challenge now the Christmas cards are out of the way, going to try and do more of these in the new year.

'This weeks challenge is 'Shop 'Til you Drop'. Anything to do with shopping this week, what with the sales round the corner lol!! Handbags, shopping bags, dollar/pound signs etc etc!!'

I had been sent this image by Sue at Slumber Cards and I hadn't got round to using it. I coloured it with my Derwent Watercolour Pencils (I've only just got these and they are my favourite at the moment). She was mounted onto lilac shimmer card and papermania glitter brads added to the corners. The card was covered with some paper I have had for ages and never used and I have added a craftwork cards greeting with lilac ribbon feed through it.

Wedding card

I'm off to my friends wedding tomorrow that I did that stationary and table plan for. With all the excitement of Christmas and packing a years worth of social life into the last couple of weeks I have only just got round to making her card!!!!

The paper is from Pink Petticoat and I have added a strip of black card to the edge. I have then stamped the little church and punched this out with my circle punch and mounted this onto a black scalloped edge circle. The little greeting has been coloured black, hope she likes it.

Monday, 24 December 2007

Baby girl

I love this Penny Black stamp and Natalie kindly sent me an image. I've coloured it with my Derwent watercolour pencils and cut it out. Then mounted it onto white and pink card and added stickles to the bow. I've added some baby paper I had in my stash onto pink card and added this across the middle of the card. Pink ribbon and bow has been added down the left hand side and the sentiment is an A Muse Art stamp mounted onto pink card. I've added 3 small pink gems to the bottom right hand corner.

It's not the greatest of pics, but the pink paper and ribbon is a nicer baby pink, that it looks in this. Might try to get a better one later, but I don't think we will be seeing any nice weather here in Cheshire today!!!!

1 more sleep to go

First Sugar Nellie

Well like everyone else I am loving the Nellie stamps and this is my first chance to have a play. I've stamped the Balloon boy and coloured with Derwent watercolour pencils. I've then mounted him onto blue card. I've embossed the same blue card using the Happy Birthday Cuttlebug folder and added this to the left hand side of the card. The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and I've added stickles to the edge and also to the balloon.

Sunday, 23 December 2007

My Christmas Tree

Over on Just Bex they have a little elf called Elvin who has been setting Christmas challenges through December. This is the first one that I have been able to join in with, but it was to show your Christmas tree off.

I tried to make sure that I missed off the bottom, as we have about 10 boxes of chocs under our tree and I didn't want to look greedy!!!!

Daring CardMakers - I'm Free

Decided to take part in this weeks Daring Cardmakers challenge.

'Christmas is an expensive time of year (although every day of the year can be potentially expensive to us Crafters ! ;) Anyway, we thought it would be a good idea to run a dare that was 'inexpensive'..This week, we the DCM team, would like you to design a card using a magazine 'freebie' . Either a craft magazine freebie, or indeed any other magazine freebie, papers, embellishments, tools, etc. anything really, as long as it came from a magazine.'

I loved this challenge as I am one of those people that is attracted to a magazine by the freebie and have loads of free papers that have never been used.

The first card I used a Craftwork Cards glittery blank and added the spotty paper (from Just Great Papers Mag) and lilac paper across the middle of the card. The Penny Black image was from Julie at Julesjapes and I used my new Derwent watercolour pencils and mounted her onto lilac paper. The sentiment I got free with a Craftwork Cards newsletter when I was a member awhile back and I overlapped it onto the image, as I'd got a little smudge and it covered it up beautifully!!!! I've added gems to the corner and stickles to the image and edge of the sentiment.

This scalloped card black was also free with a Craftwork card newsletter. I covered the bottom have with paper from this months Papercraft Essentials that I got yeasterday and added a pink flower embossed sticky ribbon from Anita's. The magnolia image was from Michelle at CardGrotto and she is coloured again with my new Derwent pencils. I've added another Craftwork Card sentiment and added stickles to this and the image.

I'm off now to see what other freebies I have that I can use this afternoon!!

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Merry Christmas Everyone

I just wanted to wish everyone Merry Christmas. I hope you have all been good girls this year otherwise santa won't be bringing you any crafting goodies!!!!

Hoping to get some crafting done over the festive period, as I've not been able to have a play with some of my new goodies as I seem to have been making christmas cards for months. I have now packed all my Christmas stuff away in a box and put it in the cupboard, don't want to see it for at least 6 months :o)

I've been busy this afternoon making gift wallets to put money in for my parents and brother. With my mum being ill no-one had thought about what they would want, so everyone is getting money to treat themselves in the sale. Mum says it's hard to choose I was really pleased with them, but I forgot to take piccies before I sealed them in their envelopes, so you will just have to take my word!

Also been making some cards for my mum, as she has a few birthdays in the next couple of weeks. Only one of the pictures has turned out half decent, so I only have that to show. This horrible Cheshire weather does not help in taking a good picture.

This is for her friend who is very into his amatuer dramatics. The lights and clapperboard were sent to me by Julie at Jules Japes and were a godsend as I really didn't know what to do. It must have gone down well as my dad was pleased when I met him in Tescos to pass it over and my mum phoned me later to say she really liked it as well.

Monday, 17 December 2007

Wedding Stationary

Well I have finished the wedding plan for my friends wedding on 28th December and I'm actually quiet pleased with it. Bit stressed when names kept being changed, but I had the final details on Friday and did it this weekend.

I also thought I would show you the wedding invite that I made for the day guests. The evening invites were slightly different, but I'm going to the full event, so don't have one of these to show you.

My guitar went down so well with the person at my hubbies work, that I have been asked to do another one and I also have 3 60th birthday cards to do for my mum, all mens :o( and a 50th for a lady so that should keep me busy tomorrow night.
Only 2 more days at work and I am so so looking forward to my break until the 2nd Jan.
Also, big thanks to Julie, as I arrived home to a lovely card and some images of the new Nellies. Put a big smile on my face.
Tara x

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Hello Sista's

Sorry it's taken a couple of days to introduce myself, but Christmas is proving to be very busy his year!

Anyway, a bit about myself, well I'm Tara, 34 years old and I've just got married this June to Matt after more than 4 years together. We have 2 cats Blackie and Spitter and I'm hoping we might add to our little family next year, no pressure Matt!!! We live in a little town called Northwich in Cheshire England, although I was born and bred in Scotland and am very proud to be Scottish.

I've been making cards about 3 years now and I am totally addicted. My hubby keeps asking when I will have bought everything I need, but he just doesn't understand that I just have to have every new thing that comes out!!

Can't wait to get to know you all and I will be visiting all your blogs over the next day or so, esp as I have now finished decorating the house for Christmas

Tara xx

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Another Christmas Lola

This is another image that has been waiting to be made into a card. REally simple as I was getting tired, I covered the card with paper from this Christmas stack from DCWV. I then mounted Lola and a Pink Petticoat sentiment onto red card.

I've only got Thursday in work and then I have a long weekend. Going out for lunch with Mum & Dad on Friday afternoon, as it's Mum's birthday this weekend. Still haven't got our tree up, we started it tonight and then our new lights wouldn't work!!!! We have to get them replaced at the weekend, can't believe that it's still not done. I have put all the other decs up and also a bare tree ready for the lights when we get them.

Best get to bed now, didn't realise it was past 11 and on a school night :o)

I love Penny Black!

I love Penny Black images they are just so cute and I think the hedgehog is my favourite. These have all been coloured, but were waiting to me make up into cards so I thought I better finish them off this side of Christmas!!

The first one if an image from Natty K and I have coloured using Marvy Le Plume pens. Image and Pink Petticoat sentiment mounted onto red card. The paper is from one of the Dovecraft sets. This image I got from Michelle at The Card Grotto and he is just so easy to colour in. I've added stickles to his hat, scarf and the snow. He's mounted onto blue card, the paper from Partners is also mounted onto blue card. I've coloured a peel off blue to finish off.

Another image from Natty K, again coloured using Marvy Le Plume pens, I've added stickles to the edge and mounted onto a red scalloped circle. The paper is from Doodlebug and I have added a strip of red card to finish off. Peel off has been coloured red.

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Pink Petticoat Christmas Cards

Made a couple more Christmas cards, using Pink Petticoat images.

The first card is using the Lolas Occasion collection and I have coloured her with watercolour pencils and added stickles. I've then mounted her onto great card and also mounted a Pink Petticoat sentiment onto green card. I've then covered a square card in paper from the new DCWV christmas stack and added Lola to the left hand side of the card, the sentiment at the bottom right and 3 little stars to the top right.

The second card I have covered a DL card in Doodlebug papers. I've then punched out 3 cupcakes with hollie and coloured them in with Marvy Le Plume pens and added stickles to the frosting and edged the circle in red ink. Then mounted onto card and finished with a Pink Petticoat sentiment edged in red.

Daring Card Makers Challenge

Haven't had a go at a challenge for a while, so I thought I'm make a card today for the Daring Card Makers Challenge. The challenge is to use stripes in your card design.

I covered a square card with this lovely stripey paper from one of the Dovecraft christmas packs. The image is a penny black stamp, watercoloured with Marvy Le Plume pens and stickles added to his scarf. He is mounted up onto DCWV card and a peel off coloured green is also mounted onto white and then green card to finish the card.

Happy Anniversary

I was asked to make this card by a friend at work for her mum and dad's anniversary. It's a card that I had made ages ago, but the picture he even worse than this if it's possible!!! I've used a strip of embossed paper down the left hand side of an A5 card and tied it on with red ribbon. I've then mounted 2 white padded hearts and a large red heart jewel to red glitter card and added a sentiment mounted onto red glitter card. I've added a red insert with a little heart punched out of the corner.

Christening card

We are off to our firends little girls christening tomorrow, hubby has bought a new shirt/jumper combo from Next and I still haven't a clue what to wear to a christening!!! Anyway, this is my card, I have used pink card with christening in silver down the left hand side and the ellison bible die to create the pink bible. Off to phone mum in a minute, as I haven't a clue if you write the card to the parents or Katie!!!

Feeling more positive and thanks yous

I'm back and feeling a lot more postive about things than Wednesday. My mum's cancer has been treated and hopefully she won't need anymore chemo. It's a shame that we couldn't try the Stem Cell treatment, but my mum's a fighter and always looks on the positive side of things so I should learn to be a bit more like her!

Decided that I need to get the house decorated for Christmas now, been out and bought new lights and I might get the tree out later and start decorating. Off to our friends little girls christening on Sunday and then for a family meal for my brothers birthday, so no crafting for me tomorrow. I'm just waiting for hubby to add some pictures of the cards I've made today.

Also wanted to say thanks to Julies Crafty Corner for my blog candy and the Michelle at Card Grotto for the images and the lovely card. They have both really cheered me up this week.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Update on Mum

Thank you for all your kind message about my mum's operation. Unfortunately it wasn't as sucessful as we had hoped and they didn't get enough stem cells for them to perform the stem cell treatment, which could have maybe cured her cancer. We have to wait until next week to see her specialist, to see whether the chemo that she has already had was enough to have got rid of the lump that she had or if she is going to need more. We will also then know what we can do for the future and trying to control or lessen the likelyhood of her cancer recuring in the future.

Monday, 3 December 2007

Thank you very much

My mum asked me to make a thank you card to give to everyone at Nathan House at Christies to say thank you for all the care she's had in the last few months from them. I decided to stamp the large do crafts flower stamp onto lilac card using white ink (note this takes about 15 mins to dry!!) and then added jewels to the centre of the flower. I added a strip of white and then lilac card to the bottom of the card, a white peel off message and jewels to finish.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

I've won some candy!!!!

I entered a blog candy over on Julies Crafty Corner and I've won. It's really cheered me up on a Sunday evening, makes going to work tomorrow slightly better!!!!

Thanks Julie for the opportunity to enter

More Xmas Cards

Made a couple more cards this morning. I love this little Penny black mouse, I got the image from Natty K. Coloured using Marvy Le Plume pens and stickles added to his hat. Mounted onto lilac scalloped circle. Lilac card embossed with cuttlebug folder and added to left hand side of card and sentiment from Pink Petticoat mounted onto lilac card.

This is a Papernation decoupage and I have added stickles to the baubles. Mounted onto white and then green card. Paper was from an old QVC TSV kit

Table cards

Well I have been very busy finishing off the 76 table cards that I have been asked to do for my friends wedding, waiting for about 20 more names to finish them off. Thought I'd show you what I designed, she is having a winter theme in the dining area, so we decided on snowflakes.

Also spent an hour covering a canvas board that she had bought for the table plan in ivory paper. Took a bit of time, but I'm really pleased with it, as even the corners are real;y neat and tidy. The table plan is going outside the room and if following the gold and cream of her wedding invites. Just waiting for her names and tables and then I can get this finished off