Monday, 27 April 2009

Just Magnolia 2 and Friday Sketchers




Hope you have all had a nice weekend and swinging your way back slowly into the week ahead!
Got a busy week ahead so not sure how many cards I will be posting! I managed to find some time to create over the weekend and I combined the challenge of pink and green over on Just Magnolia and used Murielle's lovely sketch on Friday Sketchers for my layout. Pretty easy to make a card when someone has drawn it for you and someone else has picked the colours!

I choose Tilda from the 'Pink' collection which just screams out to be coloured in pink! I added some shimmerz to the rose. Doesn't come out in the photo though! And I managed to delve into my large button collection to find some of these scrummy buttons.
And a simple inside: (oopps the dew drops are squint!)
Thanks for taking the time to pop by my blog. I love reading all your lovely comments.
Judy x
Stamp: Tilda with Rose
Medium: prismas with Sansador and white ink pen
Paper: K & Co.
Tools: sewing machine, nesties (for inside), MS Doily Lace Border punch
Embellishments: buttons from stash, dew drops, rub-on sentiment, flowers from Prima, scrappers floss and shimmerz from Susanas Custom Art and Card Design

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Colour Create - Brown, Orange and Green

Hello there ! Well, yes I am having a run on cards for men and boys!! And the colour scheme is soo similar to my last one!! My next card is going to be very different, I promise!

Jo this week set us a challenege on Colour Create of Brown , Orange and Green with the extra option of a man's card. Perfect colours for a male card. I love the warmth of the orange to really set the others colours off. Thanks Jo..great challenge!

I decided to use one of my fave WOJ stamps..Oakley on his Scooter and coloured with my prisma pencils. A man's card is the perfect excuse for some distressing to get the rugged look! So I distressed all of the edges!!

For the inside I carried on the same colours and themes.

I hope you can find some time to join us this week. Go check out the rest of the DT cards..all very different but all very inspiring!!

Thanks for taking the time to look and I love receiving all your comments!

Judy x


Stamp: Oakley on Scooter by Whiff of Joy

Medium: prismas and sansador, white ink pen, distress ink for edges

Paper: Basic Grey 'Hang 10'

Tools: crop-o-dile, sewing machine, distressing tool, Around-The-Block tape writer, cuttlebug embossing folder, Big Shot

Embellishments: buttons, twine from SU,

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Sugar Bowl - Men





Good morning everyone and welcome to another Sugar Bowl Challenge. This week the challenge is 'Men!' I'm sure this is one we all find a little tricky as we have to put aside the flowers, swirls and pretty colours and papers!!


Here is what the Sugar Bowl says:

"Make a card for the most difficult of the species!
Please make a card, or other craft project, using a Sugar Nellie stamp for a male.
Any age at all, young, old or 'in between'
Now, as most men seem to be a mystery...
So will the prize for this challenge.
One lucky winner, chosen at random, will win a fabulous mystery prize from
Sugar Nellie!
This will be the last Sugar Bowl Challenge as you currently know it...changes are afoot, and will be in place for our next challenge!
Oh, I do love a bit of suspense!"



I decided to use one of the Home Grown boys which are just perfect for making cards for adorable little boys. I also had in my stash a BG 'Recess' pad which had never been used..perfect!

I kept the card pretty simple and just used a bit of stitching to hold it all together and to finish it off! The photo corners are some chipboard shapes I had lying around, which I covered in orange cardstock and sanded them a little to distress them.


I have decorated the inside but forgot to take a photo..hopefully get a chance to edit this in later!!

Not much else to say really...the sentiment is a rub-on and I thought it suited the image perfectly. I could see this happening in my house and cries of 'It wasn't me!'

Have a great day and hope you find time to join us this week. Go check out the other 'sweeties' creations...just stunning and you'll find oodles of inspiration there if you are struggling!



Judy x
Medium: prismas and Sansador, Inkessentails White Ink Pen
Papers: Basic Grey 'Recess'
Tools: sewing machine, sandpaper
Embellishments: rub-on sentiments, chipboard shapes from 7 Gyspsies, brown brads





Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Celebrate with Miss Anya

Morning my lovely readers!! I hope things are good with you this morning!

Today I have a card to show you with my new Miss Anya's. I finally managed to get hold of some..they seemed to be out of stock everywhere so finally got them from the US. These are going to be just perfect to make cards for those stylish girls!! I love 'em. ( I know I know....you've all been saying that for weeks!)
I followed the sketch on Friday Sketchers. I replaced the oval with a rectangle and changed the position of the flowers and the sentiment. Would have looked funny the other way around. Does it still count?? Hey, I'm feeling brave today so I'll enter it!
The big flower is cut from a piece of the co-ordinating DP, as are the flowers on the inside. I distressed the edges with Frayed Burlap and then curled them with scissors to make them 3D.
And a wee peek at the inside.
Thanks for looking and for all the lovely comments you leave. Much appreciated!

Judy x

Stamp: Miss Anya from the Greetings Farm, Hero Arts sentiment

Medium: prismas, Sansador, Inkessentials White Ink pen

Paper: 3 Bugs in a Rug 'Oxford'

Tools: sewing machine, distressing tool

Embellishments: BG brads, scrappers floss, button, chipboard tag

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Colour Create - Balck, White and Pink!

How are you???

Well, another week has gone past and we are back again for Colour Create. This week it is the truly talented Chris aka, the Sketching Stamper (!), who has chosen the colour combo of black, white and pink with the extra option of polkat dots.

I am really enjoying these colour challenges as they are making me use combinations I would not naturally go to but am usually pleased with the results when I do.

I decided for this card not to go for many layers , I wanted the DP to show and the image do all the talking!!

I coloured this Gorjuss Girl from Collection #2 in promarkers. I did it in pencils first and it was too bland so I was redid it in promarkers. I curled tiny strips of green card to make the grass and dotted the flowers about. I have seen this done somewhere before on another blog and can't remember where. So, thank you whoever you are for the idea!! If it was you let me know!!
Well, go check out what the other lovely girls have done with this combination. You won't be disappointed!


Thanks for taking the time to check mine out.

Have a great Sunday. I think we might pack a picnic and head out to a castle after church to chase the sunshine. I have heard it is still lingering on the East coast , so we are heading WEST!!

Judy x

Stamp: Gorjuss Girl Collection #2 by Sugar Nellie

Medium: Promarkers

Papers: Bo Bunny 'Alissa' , Creative Imaginations 'Black Doily'

Tools: sewing machine

Embellishments: prima flowers, prima crystals, polka dot ribbon (Raspberry Ribbons), sentiment stickers

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Just Magnolia

Good morning..hope you are managing to have a relaxing Saturday so far!

My card today is for Just Magnolia, a new challenge blog just started which has wonderful DT talent and does just what it says on the tin! They have a massive and fantsatic prize for this first week so what are you waiting for ???

I have used a new Tilda from the Spring Magnolia kit and coloured her with , wait for it....SU markers!!! The only part I used prismas was for her face as I didn't have that colour in SU markers. Well, these poor babies have benn in a tin since, well, I got them!! So now I am quite pleased with the result. I am slowly enjoy markers more and more and might just make that 'C' purchase sometime!! Better start saving! I don't know why I show the insides..plain and dull..no creativity here!

Anyway gotta go feed the bairns!
Have a great weekend!
Judy x

Stamp: Magnolia Spring Kit, Scrapagogo sentiment
Medium: SU markers and prismas, Inkessentials White Ink pen
Papers: MME 'Penny Lane'
Tools: sewing machine, circle nesties
Embellishments: prima flowers, bling , BG brads

And the winner is....

Thank you to everyone who entered my blog candy draw. I am touched by so many of you who entered. Many of you new to my blog. Nice to see you :) I had hoped to visit each one of you who left a comment on my blog but time got the better of me. I was really moved to read of all the lovely people you nomintated for the second candy. So many of you have been encouraged or helped by another blogger. When I started blogging I never realised it would be such an uplifting network of fellow crafters.

I wish you could all win but there can only be 1 ( or 2 in this case, ha ha ha...)
The winner is:

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:18


Congratulations Jo!

Jo said:

"Many, many congrats Judy on your hits and also having your work published in Craft Stamper. I adore this mag and it will be lovely to be able to read all about the fantastic cards you have made for them. I have been a follower of yours for quite a long time now and I have put a link to your blog onto mine and I would like to nominate my friend and yours, Tara of Happily Ever Crafting for my buddy and I have said why on my blog.Many congrats again Judy - truly deserved.Hugs,Jo x"


Jo, if you would like to drop me an e-mail and let me know which candy you prefer and I will get the other bundle of to Tara! If you go have a wee look on Jo's blog she has written a lovely post on why she nominated Tara for the second candy. Brought a wee tear to my eye.

Thanks for entering!
Judy x

Friday, 17 April 2009

Blog Candy!!

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It is time for my first ever blog candy!!!

First reason is to celebrate getting my work published in Craft Stamper. I have been blogging since Oct 2008 and so many exciting things have happened. This being one of the highlights!

Secondly I want to celebrate, my almost 10,000 hits. The counter is getting very close!! I hope by the time I pick a winner my counter will have passed 10,000!

So this seems like a good time to go for it.

I am offering up 2 candies. Now I saw on Camilla's blog a lovely idea which I am going to use. Thanks Camilla!

  • To win the candy you must first comment on this post and then put a link on your blog to mine.

  • Secondly,you may become a follower of my blog , but that is optional...if you like my work, then please follow and come back and visit!!

  • Thirdly in your comment on this post you MUST nominate someone in blogland who has helped or encouraged you in some way. It can be someone who consistently posts encouraging comments, or has given you a special RAK of some kind, or someone who has given you a blogging opportunity. You decide.....whoever has been kind and caring towards you in some way or who really desrves a treat! This person that you nominate will win the second candy!!

You can choose which candy you would like, and which one your 'friend' will win!
Candy 1:
1.Dovecraft 12 x12 Charcoal prints
2. Black and white Raspberry Ribbons kit
3. Two Sugar Nellie stamps 1x Elisabeth bell and 1 x Home Grown Boys
4. Maya Road embellishments
5. Bazzill Bitty Blooms ' Neutrals'
6. Anna Griffin Chipbaord Alphabet 'Lulu'
7. Handmade card from me!!
Candy 2:
1. Dovecraft 12 x12 Abstract prints
2.Orange and brown Raspberry Ribbons Kit
3.Two Sugar Nellie stamps: 1 x Elisabeth Bell and 1 x Home Grown Boys
4.Buttons and embellishments
5.Bazzil Bitty Blooms 'Garden Mix'
6.Cuttlebug embossing folder 'Tiny Mosiac'
7. Handmade card from me!!

The candy will close at midnight on Fri 17th April and I will announce the winner on Saturday 18th April chosen by random.org!

Thanks for playing along!

Judy xx

Thursday, 16 April 2009

CCT and ASPOS!!!

How are y'all?

My camera has arrived safe and well so I can show you a card today!
I have to say in my own eye this card is too busy but it is done and I have ripped it apart once already and I am just going to stick with it now!
Just by chance I can enter it for 'Floral Fantasy' on Cute Card Thursday and also for 'To Die For on A Spoon Full of Sugar' where the theme is die-cuts and punches.


A simple inside. Don't seem to have to time to make them any more elaborate! Up here we are still on school hols until next Wednesday...so still hoping for the sun to come out so we can get jobs done in the garden and chuck the kids outside.
Back soon and thanks for looking!
Judy xx


Stamp: 'Daisy and Dolly' by Sugar Nellie

Medium: prismas and Sansador, white inke pen, distress ink

Papers: Past card kit from Sarah's Cards (no name on them!)

Tools: sewing machine, oval nesties, retro flower punches

Embellishments: silver dewdrops from Susanas Custom Art and Card Design, ric rac from stash, vinyl Thickers from American Crafts

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

An Award and some chat!

Morning all! We are back from our few days away and it was lovely and relaxing even if was freezing. We were on the very tip of NE Scotland..just a few miles from John o'Groats in a wee town called Wick.

But I left my camera behind....so I can't show you any cards. I am very cross with myself! It should be winging its way by snail mail to me as I type . I hope I get it tomorrow so we can resume normal services!!
On the way back home yesterday we took a wee detour through Elgin to visit 'The House of Sugar'! I had great pleasure in meeting Karen....Mrs. Sugar Nellie, and putting a name to a face and seeing the workings of Sugar Nellie! It was lovely to chat to her and see her well oiled machine that it Sugar Nellie. They have a lovely spacious craft shop with lovely goodies too....so if any of you ever get the chance to visit it is well worth finding!


Finally I want to thank Danielle for giving me this lovely award. Much appreciated! She makes lovely cards and is well worth a visit.

Look forward to being back with a card!!

Hugs,

Judy x

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!
Welcome to this weeks Colour Create where Tab has chosen the colours of brown, beige and cream. What a delicious combination! Makes me think of coffee and cream or a box of chocolates!

The extra option this week is distressing..just up my street :)

I decided this week to colour my Gorjuss Girl with pro-markers..eek..I was a bit scared! I think I managed OK but just with a little bit of bleeding. The paper I have is perfect for my prismas but possibly a bit too thin for promarkers. Anyway ..a note to self..use them more often!

I also had a wee go at hand stitching. First time I have tried this and I love the texture it gives. Will definetely be doing this again and it didn't take half as long as I thought it would!

My apologies for the photo..not brilliant but the light was just pants! Dreary dull and misty!

Will be back midweek when I hope to catch up with y'all.

Hugs,
Judy xx


Stamp: Gorjuss Girl by Sugar Nellie
Medium: promarkers
Papers: Tinker and co. Digital Download 'Vintage Chic'
Tools: distressing tool, embroidery thread and needle
Embellishments: wooden hearts, button, scrappers floss, flowers and brads from stash, rub-on sentiment from October Afternoon

Friday, 10 April 2009

Happiness Always

A flying visit today! We are going away tomorrow to my in-laws for a few days and I have a thousand and one things to do!! I just wanted to post this card for this weeks Papertake Weekly. The sketch is fabulous and a delight to work with. Thanks !!!

This image has been coloured on my desk for days and needed used. Like so many other things cluttering my desk. Arghhh! A job for when we get back!

I will be scheduling my card for Colour Create and I will be back to visit you when we return on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Don't forget to enter my blog candy give-away :)

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter break and know that we celebrate a Risen Lord, not one dead in the grave.

Many blessings,

Judy xxx



Stamp: Magnolia Spring Kit, sentiment: Paperbasics

Medium: prismas

Papers: Basic Grey 'Marrakech'

Tools: sewing machine, SU Label Punch,

Embellishments: charcoal pearls, rub-on flourishes (Daisy Bucket), flowers from stash

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Sugar Bowl 8 - A Sketch Challenge


Welcome to week 8 of the Sugar Bowl. This week we have another fabulous sketch by Tiets. She is the Queen of sketches!! For this one I've gone all vintage!! This is what the SugarBowl says:

Challenge 8 - Tiets Sketch #2

I think most of us love the challenge of a sketch, and it's great to see the different interpretations, which really show your own individual style!

So for this challenge, we would like to see your creations, using this fantastic sketch by
Tiets.
As always, you must include a Sugar Nellie stamp.
You may rotate, re size or elongate the sketch, you can even make something other than a card, all that we ask is that we can see that the item has followed the sketch.


I've has some gorgeous 7 Gypsies papers for ages and have finally cut into them! It was really hard getting the colour on my Gorjuss girl to match the papers. I ended up with a blend of brown , pumpkin and deep red. It is as close as I could manage. That is the one downfall with my prismas..sometimes I can't get the deep earthy tones I want in my colouring. I might just save and get some copics one of these days!



A simple inside to carry the theme through.

Go and check out the other takes on the sketch by the other 'Sweeties'...just gorgeous!

Thanks for looking and thank you for all your wonderfully encouraging comments. they are much appreciated.
Judy x

Stamp: Gorjuss Girl by Sugar Nellie
Medium: prismas and Sansador..ooops forgot to huighlight with white ink pen!
Papers: 7 Gypsies ' Savannah' Collection, old book paper distressed with ink
Tools: sewing machine, EK Success Retro flower punches
Embellishments: chipboard swirl painted with Tim Holtz crackle paint, vintage brads, pearls, lace , American Crafts vinyl thickers, rub-on flourishes

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Just Having Fun!


Good morning...nearly afternoon! Where does the time fly when you are not in routine. The boys are off school for 2 and a half weeks!!! And I have my sis and BIL staying! We have been having very leisurley morning wathcing DVD's and eating pancakes!!
So probably not too many cards from me in the next week or so. I will be doing some to keep my sanity but we will be going away for a few days at the weekend.
My card today is just in the nick of time for Whiff of Joy 'Lets get Dirty' - Distressing! and I also used this weeks sketch from Friday Sketchers. I'm not sure I like the card...too much distressing but it is done so too late now to change it!
I hope you are enjoying your Easter Break those of you who are getting a holiday and getting better weather than up here in the NE!! It is freezing!
Right off to be sociable!
Back soon!
Judy xx
Stamp: Melinda in the Rain, Whiff of Joy
Medium: the usual! prismas and Sansador!
Papers: DCWV 'Old World Stack', Scrapagogo Greetings Kit
Tools: sewing machine, distressing tool
Embellishments: brads, pearls, rub-ons, buttons all from stash!

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Colour Create - Duck Egg and Rose

Good morning and welcome to another week at Colour Create. This week it is my turn to choose the colour combo. We are in the process of 'doing up' our living room and I have been browsing lots of mags for ideas. A trendy colour scheme right now is 'duck egg and rose'. Looks stunning in a living-room, but not mine, with three boys it would never last! So I choose the colour combo for my cards instead. Next best thing eh??

Now my optional extra is stitching which can be real or faux.

Go and check out the ther DT cards this week. They are WOW!! you can view them here.

Hope you can join in and remember you can combine this challenge with any others.

Thanks for taking the time to browse,
Judy xx


Stamps: Gorjuss Girl by Sugar Nellie, sentiment by Aud Designs

Medium: prisma, white ink

Paper: My Minds Eye 'Wild Asparagus'

Tools: sewing machine, large retro flower punch, medium retro flower punch

Embellishments: heart shaped brads

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Published!


Have you seen the latest edition of Craft Stamper?? I've got a double page spread :)

And it hits the shelves today!!
A few months ago Karen from Sugar Nellie asked to me to use the Mary Hall stamps for a feature in Craft Stamper mag. How thrilled was I!!
So finally I can share and show you what I made! These stamps are so cute and colour beautifully and I thought they would be perfect to use for little boys.
Apologies for the many photos but it is better to show you them all in one post :)
I love disressing and stitching..so you can see two of my fave techniques feature strongly in the article!
A Birthday card!
A Gift Folder


An inside view!

A Door hanger is shown above (cut from an old pizza box!)

And finally an altered notebook!

Thanks for taking the time to look. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Judy xx

For ALL projects:

Stamps: Mary hall by Sugar Nellie, Penny Black sentiment stamp, High Hopes 'Gone Fishin'

Medium: prismas and Sansador

Paper : Basic Grey 'Hang 10' Collection, coredinations cardstock

Tools: sewing machine, distresser, embossing folder - Traffic Jam, crop-o-dile

Embellishments: SU twine, Doodlebug candy dots, ribbon, rub-ons, alphabet stickers, chipboard tags and photo corners

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Sugar Sugar Easter Project


Well 1st April..wow..can you believe already a third of 2009 has past???
I must be getting old commenting on the weather on my blog and how time flies. I really must get some more interesting topics of conversation!!
Thank you to all of you who took the time to take part in my turn at the Sugar Sugar project last month. Your cracked glass examples were stunning.
This month we have been asked to create an Easter project. As soon as I read this I knew what I wanted to create. I sent the boys out to the woods with their Dad to bring me back a nice branch. I placed some soil in a plant pot and stuck my branch in.
I had great intentions of making my own dyed eggs, but I was at a Garden Centre the other week and there sitting in a gorgeous bag were these decorated eggs. How could I resist?? This meant I had more time to concentrate on decorating the plant pot.
For the pot I wanted to create a 3 dimensional feel. I choose Annie and stamped her skirt again and curled it to make it 3D. The grass is a quickutz die and the butterfly is from the die-cut shapes in the Basic Grey 'Urban Prairie' collection. I punched the eggs shapes out and placed some of them on foamies. The swirl is stamped and then highlighted with white ink pen. I punched the blossom out and added the centres with liquid pearls.

I hope you likey! It is sitting now on my coffe table in the living room and makes the room feel very springy!

Check out what all the other 'sweeties' have created and our fabulously talented guest for this month, Rach! You can find all the details here!

Thanks for looking,

Judy

x

Stamp: Annie by Sugar Nellie, Flourish by October Afternoon

Medium: prismas and Sansador,white ink pen

Paper: Basic Grey ' Urban Prairie' and the die-cut shapes

Tools: Quickutz grass die, Sissiz corner die, flower punch, egg punch

Embellishments : pearls, alphabet stickers,liquid pearls

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