Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Friday Sketchers

Good morning!

What a beautiful spring day we have here..washing is out, took photos of my cards outside, walk to school..bliss!
My card is for this weeks sketch by Claudia for Friday Sketchers. Now I have me new nesties (I know I way behind the times!!) I am enjoying making different shapes! So the sketch was perfect.
I haven't used my Gorjuss Girls enough, and set 2 is being released on Fri at 8m on SCS!

Here is a look at the inside. Sometimes I manage to complete the inside, other times I don't. If I don't manage to finish it, I usually get it done before send it. They now loook bare without a matching inside!

Hope you enjoy your day,

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Judy x

Stamp: Gorjuss Girl by Sugar Nellie, flourish stamps by October Afternoon

Medium: prismas, Sansador, white ink pen, black soot distress ink for edges

Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle 'Love Letters'

Tools: sewing machine, nesties

Embellishments: pearls from www.madaboutcards.com, chipboard flowers from kit (www.mycreativememories.com), metal sentiment fom Making Memories

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Colour Create - Liliac and Blue

Morning all..hope you are not suffering too much from the missed hour of sleep :)

Todays card is a colour combo chosen by Sharon. She chose Blue and Liliac with the extra option of ribbon and swirls. I would normally never chose those colours together but I think they look gorgeous together.

I won't tell you what my hubbie said about poor Tilda's amputated leg ..LOL! I think she looks very sweet running through the open fields on a summers day!

Go check out the other DT members work here. Wonderful cards as usual!
Not a chatty post today...gotta run. Lots to do!

Have a lovely sunday :)
Judy x

Stamp: Magnolia Sprinkg Kit
Medium: prismas, white ink pen, stickles, liquid pearls for dress
Paper: DCWV Spring Mat Stack, Basic Grey 'Euphoria'
Tools: sewing machine, Quickutz Flourish Die,
Embellishments : flowers from stash, Imaginisce rub-ons, half - pearls, brads, SU ribbon,

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Sugar Bowl #7 - Spring or Easter

Good Morning and welcome to another Sugar Bowl challenge..number 7! This week the challenge
is :
Spring or Easter
We thought we'd give you a choice this week...
Hopefully we have now left winter behind us, and we would like to see a card (or other project), using a Sugar Nellie stamp, celebrating Spring or Easter!
One lucky winner of this challenge, will win the brand new set of 6 stamps designed by reknowned artist
Mary Hall.
I hope you will all join in and Sugar Nellie has some wonderful stamps which can be used for this challenge. I opted for the beautiful new stamp , 'Peek a Bunny' from Elisabeth Bell. I thought she looked a bit lonely sitting there on her own so I stamped her a couple of butterflies to keep her company! The little bunny was already there, but I don't think she has spotted him!
For this card I used a large one as I knew my image was going to be quite big and I wanted to add lots of bits and pieces..so the bigger the better! I took this piccie so you could see the dimension on the card..mmmm..might have to make a box to send this one in!

Well, I hope you will pop over to the Sugar Bowl to have a look at all the other DT cards. They are all stunning.

Thanks for all you fab comments. I love reading them!

Judy x

Stamps: 'Peek a Bunny' by Sugar Nellie, Spring Kit from Magnolia (butterflies and grass)

Medium: prismas, Sansador, white ink pen, Frayed Burlap Distress ink (for edges)

Paper: Imaginisce 'Twitterpated' collection

Tools: sewing machine, Quickutz 3D Tulip die, Quickutz cookie cutter Tag die,

Embellishments: ribbon from Raspberry Ribbons, rub-on from Imaginisce, adhesive pearls and letter stickers from stash, chipboard mushrooms (past Scrap-a-go-go kit)

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Easter

Morning all! A bright sunny morning up here with my washing blowing on the line! What more could a housewife ask for??
My card today is for A Spoon Full of Sugar where the challenge this week is to make a card for Easter. I picked this gorgeous new Elisabeth Bell from Sugar Nellie which is reminiscent of more old-fashioned Easters before cadbury Easter Eggs and chocolate bunnies! Don't get me wrong I love all these things..in fact if my kids leave them lying about the house too long...they're gone!
Everything on my card is from a scrapbook kit from My Creative Scrapbook. I have just subscribed to this kit and I love it. it comes all the way from the US but it is worth it. I love having all the co-ordinating elements together in one place. This kits is so soft and pretty and it can be adapted for use in card-making.
I even managed to complete and photo the inside today!!
Right off to clean the hoose!!
Have a great day,
Judy xx
Stamp: A Basket of Happines by Sugar Nellie
Medium: prismas and Sansador
Papers: MME 'Bella Bella' collection
Tools: sewing machine, oval nesties, distressing tool, label nesties, SU spiral punch
Embellishments: prima flowers, adhesive pearls, die -cut butterflies,

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Ebay!!! - SOLD!!

I don't know if any of you remember my e-bay problem I mentioned a few weeks ago. Well, I had ordered the whole set of Circles and Oval Nestabilities in October last year,and they had never arrived. I had thought they had gone for ever.

Guess what turned up this morning?? Yes, of course you can guess....my nesties! Woohooo!

Anyway in the meantime I have been stocking up on the ones I had thought had gone AWOL. I was buying one set at a time because I thought I had lost so much money when the first lot didn't turn up so I didn't want to get stung again.

So, now I have for sale Brand New and unopened the sets below for only £15 each! I will offer free postage and packing to any good home.You can buy the sets alone or all three. I will accept paypal or cheque. Please contact me judylaing@talktalk.net.

1. Large Circles - SOLD
2. Large Ovals - SOLD
3. Large Scalloped Ovals - SOLD

Judy x

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Get Well Soon!

Morning all! Hope you are all ready for a productive new week. Well as us Brits all like to comment on the weather...on Fri and Sat I was in my short sleeves enjoying a bit of spring warmth and this morning we had a snow shower when I opened the curtains!! Seems to have blown away quite fast thankfully! Better get the woolly hats out for the walk to school!!
Right , enough of the weather. My card today is for a friend who is recovering from a major op and I wanted a cheerful card for her. My 1st order from High Hopes came at the weekend and I love them! I followed the sketch from this weeks Friday Sketchers and I am also going to enter it into this weeks Basic Grey Challenge which is 'Texture'.
I also decorated the insides to match but I had written a wee note before I remembered to take a photo.
Have a great day, be it rain, snow or shine :)
Judy x
Stamp: High Hopes Easter Bunny
Medium: prismas and oms, white ink pen
Paper: Basic Grey 'Urban Prairie'
Tools: cuttlebug embossing folder, sewing machine, retro flower punches, distressing tool, crop-o-dile
Embellishments: raffia, yellow BG Urban Prarie brads, alpha stickers,

Colour Create - Navy, Turquoise and Green

Oh it's good to be back! My mojo has taken a wee while to return! Seems to disappear when it is not in use :) I have a wonderful and special week with my Mum and Dad. They left on Sat and I tried not to shed a tear..just makes my Mum too sad if I cry. Hopefully see them again in a year or two..but who knows??? They had a great time bonding with the boys and my youngest found a special place in the crook of Grandpa's arm. My older two took great pleasure in teaching Grandpa the ways of the Wii. I took them out of school for a day because the importance of having special memories with their Grandparents to me was far more important than 1 day of education.
Anyway, must get back to the card. This week on Colour Create we have the combination of Navy, Turquoise and Green with the option of NO designer paper! Sarita has set us this fantastic CHALLENGE!! Again all the examples on the DT are so different. I hope you can find time to take part. Remember you can combine this challenge with any other you would like.
Thanks for all the comments you have left in the past week. I hope to come round and visit you all as the week goes by.
Judy x
Stamp: hAnglar and stAnglar, Hero Arts Design Block, SU sentiment stamp
Medium: prismas, Sansador, Staz On white ink,
Paper: NONE!
Tools: sewing machine, heat gun, white embossing powder, Fiskars threading water punch
Embellishments: self-adhesive pearls, buttons, scrappers floss, wooden butterflys from John Lewis

Monday, 16 March 2009


Now some of the more observant of you and those of you who have been browsing my blog for a little longer might spot that I have done a card similar to this before. But it IS different in some places and it was a last minute request from a friend to make a card for the next morning, so I quickly put this together knowing I had done something similar before. So I hope you don't mind..but friends seem to like these images better that the cutesie ones we all love :)

I am going to be taking a wee bloggy break for a few days. My Mum and Dad arrive today and I haven't seen them for over a year so I am cancelling all 'extras' for the kids and myself and going to spend some quality time with them. I might sneak in to check out your blogs but my crafty stash is having a holiday! I will be back at the weekend for Colour Create.

Have a fab week and for those of you getting sunshine, enjoy! And send some of it up North!!
Judy xx

Stamp: Penny Black, Hero Arts Sentiment
Medium: promarkers ...wooooo (their annual outing!!)
Paper: My Mind's Eye '29th Market street'
Tools: sewing machine, spellbinders label die, quickutz photo corner die, distressing tool,
Embellishments: flowers and brads from stash, Ribbon from SU 'Very Vanilla'

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Colour Create - Red and Green

A Good Morning to you all my lovely bloggers! Welcome to another week for Colour Create. Thank you to you all who took the time to join in last weeks challenge.
This week the colour combination is red and green with the extra option of wings. Remember it is optional! Now I hope the DT have shown you, with their fabulous examples, that it is not only Christmas cards you can make with the combo of red and green. For me this is a first to use this combination outwith that season! Remember as well you are allowed to combine this challenge with any others you might be participating in. There are not enough hours in a day or week to join in with them all.
Just a quickie tonight..lots to acheive before I go to bed! (oh this is being scheduled..silly me!). Hopefully I will have done all my jobs by the time you read this, first on my list is tidy my craft area..can't move. I think a bomb has dropped!
Hope you all have a great day tomorrow,
Judy xx
Stamp: Gorjuss Girl by Sugar Nellie, Sentiment by Hero Arts
Medium: prismas, white ink pen, stickles (for wings)
Paper: Basic Grey : 'Scarlet's Letter'
Tools: sewing machine, quickutz butterfly die, sizzix corner die, distressing tool
Embellishments: flowers, bling and brad from stash

Friday, 13 March 2009

You Lift My Spirits!

Well, my spirits were lifted when the new Spring Magnolia kit arrived! I love these gorgeous images. They are full of butterflies and ladybirds..how cute.

I made this card for A Spoon Full oF Sugar and used the fab sketch by Michelle. Nice and simple.Thanks!

I chose to work with these papers from MM with their great combo of orange, blue and red.

I've kept my card fairly simple but I keep looking at it thinking it needs something else! Top left area looks bare....might add a swirl or something later.

Hope you all have great weekend..I am in spring cleaning mode...not sure how much I'll get done as hubby is on some DIY jobs that need done so I'll be entertaining the kids for a while.
Hope you all have great weekend..enjoy the sunshine if you have it :)

Judy x
Stamps: Magnolia Spring Kit, Hero arts sentiment, SU Circle of Friendship
Medium: prismas, oms, white ink pen, distress ink for edges
Papers: Making Memories
Tools: sewing machine (as per usual!)
Embellishments: prima hydrangeas, buttons and bling from stash, scrappers floss

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Sugar Bowl #6 - Mother's Day

Welcome to another Sugar Bowl Thursday!

This week the challenge is to create something for Mother's Day!

"As Mothers Day here in the UK falls on March 22nd this year, please make a card (or other craft project) for a Mother. This does not have to be specifically a Mothers Day card, just something, you know, that a Mother would love!

A choice of AMAZING prizes for this challenge.
The winner of this challenge (chosen by random.org) will get to choose either

The all new 'Gorjuss Girls Set 2'
The all new 'Baskets & Butterflies collection' by Elisabeth Bell
Sugar Nellie"


This is a wonderful prize!! I would love either of those stamp sets!

Now first of all my apologies for the poor piccie! I wanted to show the gift bag and card as a set and my photography skills have let me down. If I get a chance I am going to re-take and edit my post!

I re-decorated a brown gift bag and made a made a matching card. I was inspired by a tag card I saw on Moni's blog a while ago and just adored the pink theme she had going! So I gave it a go, with her permission!

Here is a close up of the gift bag. All papers are BG 'Bittersweet' collection and I have use some of the cardstock stickers also. The letters are American crafts thickers.

My card is made from the same layout (approx!) and the same papers. Again with cardstock stickers and American Craft thickers.

Now, I just need to get a yummy gift for my mum to put in it!! This challenge is perfect timing as my Mum and Dad live in Peru, South America and they are home for just a few short weeks. Otherwise it would have been difficult for her to get this! They are coming up to stay with us all next week so I will be absent from blogging as I want to spend as much time as I can with them.

Thanks for looking and I hope you find time to make something gorgeous for Mother's Day! Go check out all the other' sweeties' work. They are all totally gorgeous!

Judy x

Stamps:' A Good Book' and 'Planting Some Love' by Sugar Nellie

Medium: prismas, oms, white ink pen, distress ink for edges

Papers: Bg 'Bittersweet' collection

Tools: sewing machine

Embellishments: American Craft thickers, flowers and brads from stash

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Spring has sprung!

Todays card is for Sketch Saturday which has again another fab sketch.
I wanted to use my new Magnolia Easter stamps. I bought these from Tabby Crafts, which provided a wonderful service. They landed on the doormat the very next morning, beautifully packaged....just what you want from an on-line craft shop! So they come highly recommended!

I am thrilled that I managed to take my piccie outside in the garden this morning. What a glorious day we have here..hope it lasts.

I was going to mask Tilda but made a mess of stamping the tulips underneath her so had to cute her out and place her on top of them with foam pads. The background of Tilda is made by stamping some flourishes onto card with dusky pink Hreo Arts shadow ink. i then added white ink highlights round some of the swirls and flowers. I the inked the edges for a softer effect.

Hope it as sunny with you all wherever you are!

Thanks for looking :)

Judy xx

Stamps: Magnolia Easter collection, October Afternoon flourish stamps
Medium: prismas and sansador, white ink pen,
Papers: Fancy Pants 'Splendid' collection
Tools: sewing machine, distressing tool
Embellishments: SU ribbon, flowers and pearls from stash, Doodlebug 'Loopy Lou' stickers

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Colour Create : Yellow, Orange and Green

Well, you might be noticing a theme running through this weeks creations..yup, it is yellow, orange and green!!! Tara set this challenge and I am just loving this combo. Funny I never thought this would appeal to me but I've gone a bit mad with it! I have for the first time used up ALL my DP down to the last bittie! I feel good!
Anyways, back to Colour Create. Now this week you know the colours but the challenge is 'anything but a card!' and the DT have a fabulous array of creations from bags, calendars, down to fridge magnets. Go check them out!
I decided to alter a notebook. Earlier on in the week I was browsing Katy's blog and she had created herself a notebook to write down her wishlist..craft wise, and my idea was born. I am always forgetting what I 'need!' I think I slightly over-embellished but I had fun and it is the first craft project I have made for 'me' so I wasn't too worried about putting too much on it! In fact the more the merrier!
Thanks for looking and I hope you have a wonderful day. We are off to church and then we will have a relaxing family afternoon, hopefully in the spring sunshine. I can wish can't I??
Thanks for any comments you leave.
Judy x
Stamp: 'Fly Free' by Sugar Nellie
Medium: prismas with sansador, distress ink (frayed burlap) for edges
Papers: card kit from Sarah's Cards
Tools: Nesties. Quickutz bird dies, sewing machine
Embellishments: prima flowers, BG brads, sentiment rub-ons, Maya Road chipboard flourish, Tim Holtz crackle paint, ribbon from stash,

Friday, 6 March 2009

Sketch Saturday

Well it has been a strangely quiet week on the blogging front. The first few days of the week I had a terrible sore throat and aching bones and then just as I feel better, the computer decided it wasn't going to let me play! Afer spending all afternoon onto my ISP who shall remain nameless, the computer miraculously healed itself! So I am back and I have missed visiting you all this week!

I have made a card for Sketch Saturday and I think I make it by the skin of my teeth!
The sketch was great and I like lots of layers so I can use lots of lovely DP. You might notice a theme running through my cards this week. I am loving the colour orange! Can't get enough! And I also want to use all the scraps of paper that are littering my desk. I am going to try and use up as much as I can of my DP before I cut into another. Lets see how long I can keep that up :)
Have a great weekend,
Judy x
Stamps: hAnglar and stAnglar, Aud Design, October Afternoon
Medium: prismas, white ink pen, chalk, distress ink for edges
Paper: card kit by Sarahs' Cards
Tools: SU circle and scallop punch, SU tab punch
Embellishments:button, twine, bling from stash

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Friday Sketchers

This week at Friday Sketchers there is a sketch designed by the fabulously talented Kristine. I couldn't not have a go!

I coloured in Tilda with prismas and cut her out and popped her on top of the flower, so she has something to sit on. The papers all come from a card kit from Sarah's cards. The flowers are prima and the brads are BG. The sentiment came with a card kit as well and I have chalked the edges. As usual all my edges are stitched together!

I also want to share some awards. The first one is from a very talented young lady called Georgia, who passed this on yonks ago! So sorry for taking an age to post! It is much appreciated.

The next one is from Madge and I am honoured to receive this from such a fabulously creative lady. I am in awe of what she can create. So thank you very much!

I would like to pass this on to Tab, Moni, Deb, Katy, Aud, TaraG, Michelle, Ila, Kim, Tiets

I will edit later to add in the links to these ladies blogs. Have to run to pick up from playgroup !!

How hard was that to pick ten! There are so many more wonderfully creative bloggers out there. so, thank you to you all who take the time to visit and leave comments. I appreciate them all.

Have a great day!
Judy x

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Colour Create - Blue / Brown

Welcome to another Colour Create. This week we have the gorgeous colour combo of brown and blue with the extra option of lace and pearls. Great choice!!! I think this was my favourite so far. It is definetely one of my 'go to' colours.

To make the flowers I stamped the cardstock with the SU Friendship background stamp and then punched the flowers and inked the edges. I deliberately left the card with no sentiment so it can be added later on in the inside. The rest of the card is fairly self-explanatory!

We would like to welcome Kim onto the DT! She is a very talented lady so we look forward to seeing her gorgeous creations. Go and check out the rest of the teams fabulous work!

Be inspired!

Thanks for looking. Enjoy the rest of your day :)

Judy xx

Stamps: 'Willow with Cookies' from Whiff of Joy, SU Friendship Background stamp, SU Flourish

Medium: prismas and oms, stickles,

Paper: SU

Tools : EK success flower punches, sewing machine, sponge

Embellishments: lace, pearls, hat pin, beads

Sugar Sugar Cracked Glass Project

This months Sugar Sugar project is hosted by me!! You need to create a project using the cracked glass technnique and of course a Sugar Nellie stamp!

This is simpler than it sounds. I will explain a little further on for those who have not heard or tried this technique.
I decided I wanted to make a gift box and used the tutorial on Katharina's blog a few weeks ago.
I then chose this Gorjuss girl and coloured her with prismas and oms. I used quite deep and rich colours as you want colours that will show clearly through several layers on embossing.

To make the cracked glass all you need to do is cover your image (once coloured) with versamark ink (or similar ) and then sprinkle with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) and heat to melt. Whilst it is still hot quickly add another layer or two if desired. Once you have a good thickness on your image. Place in freezer for half an hour and then crack in different directions. Crack as much or as little as you like for this effect. ( You can find full instructions here).
Here is a wee close up!

To the top of the box I've added a punched border with an Martha Stewart punch and then used my crop-o-dile to punch a hole and add an eyelet. I then threaded various ribbon through the hole. The sentiment is a rub-on. Flowers are a mixture of Hero Arts and Prima.
Hope you find time this month to have a try at this technique. Make sure you enter to be in with a chance of being chosen as next month's Guest Designer.
Go check out the blog for all the stunning work the DT has created.
Thanks for looking,
Judy xx


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