Monday, 21 December 2009

Merry Christmas

I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I am taking a break from my blog until the New Year to spend time with my family, friends and generally just relaxing.
Have fun ~ Mel x

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Some Thing Different


I don't know about you but I am so glad to make some thing other than a Christmas card. This is for Roger's niece who's birthday is on 30th. I have used one of the new Magnolia winter kit stamps and coloured it using Copics.
The designer paper is My Minds Eye and I bought whilst visiting May Britt in Norway, it's taken me since May to be brave enough to cut it.
I have used two different sizes of retro flower punches and spritzed them with sparkle and added a small rose in the centre.
This weekend we are off to North Yorkshire for a family get together so I really hope that we don't have too much of the white stuff.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Sunday, 6 December 2009

A Spoon Full Of Sugar

This week's challenge over at A Spoon Full Of Sugar is non traditional Christmas colours. I have made yet another easel card for Poppy's Christmas card. The papers are from all favourite Christmas paper pad Eskimo Kisses.

I have used several Martha Stewart punches and nestabilites, image coloured using Copics.

Thanks for looking

Mel

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Wedding Card


We have a family wedding next weekend and this is the card I have made for the happy couple. I've made an easel card, I just love this style of card just so quick, easy and very effective.
The image is by Hanglar and I've coloured it using Copics. The design paper is Bitter Sweet by Basic Grey.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Gift Box



I've been busy making gift boxes for birthday and Christmas presents. This box is for Roger's Niece Deborah who's birthday is a few days before Christmas. We have bought her a lovely purple and silver bracelet hence the colour theme for the box.

I saw the idea for these boxes on Tab's fabulous blog, thanks for the idea hun! The image is a Whiff of Joy and I have coloured her using Copic pens. The top & base of the card was cut on my Cricut, so easy.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend and thanks for looking.

Mel

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Magnolia Father Christmas


Another Christmas card crossed off my list. As soon as I saw this Magnolia Father Christmas stamp I fell in love with him. I like Father's Christmas's to look traditional . I wanted to keep this card fairly simple so that the image is the main focus.
My lovely friend May Britt gave me the designer paper when she came to visit last year, it's taken me all this time to be brave enough to cut it.
Have a good evening and thanks for looking
Mel

Sunday, 15 November 2009

My First Easel Card


This is my first attempt at an easel card and boy did I enjoy making it. I thought it was going to be difficult but was surprised at how easy it actually was. The hardest part was getting a decent photo, I had to stand on a chair and of course Roger just had to walk into the room at that moment lol.

The image is from an old Magnolia kit from a couple of Summers ago and I've used my copic to colour the image. The design papers are from my stash and I've thrown away the packaging so I can't remember the name.

Thanks for looking

Mel

Monday, 9 November 2009

Crafty Angels

Whilst browsing Caz's wonderful blog I came across a challenge blog called Crafty Angels
Their challenge this week is a colour challenge of blue,red & white and so I took myself off to my craft room and made the above card.

I have used my Tilda & Edwin ice skating stamp again! I just love this stamp. The design paper is by Kars and I decided to use my sewing machine to stitch the papers. I have seen several ladies use this technique and thought I'd have a go and I love it, so effective.

Thanks for looking

Mel

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Just Magnolia


This month over at Just Magnolia the challenge is to distress your card or project. This is a new technique for me but Chris's tutorial was excellent. I have used several of my new goodies that I bought at the NEC yesterday, Christmas Tilda and the Silent Night stamp also by Magnolia, scalloped & circular nesties and copic pens. I also wanted this card to have a vintage look which I think I've managed to achieve.

Thanks for looking

Mel

Colour Create


Over at Colour create they would like you to use the colours blue,silver & white with the optional extra theme of winter & glitter. My card fits this challenge perfectly. There is glitter on the design paper but it's not showing up too well on the photo.
This has to be my all time favourite couple stamp by Magnolia. You will be seeing me using this stamp a lot for my family Christmas cards this year.
Hope you have all had a good weekend. I was at the NEC yesterday and was lucky enough to meet some of my blogging buddies which was fabulous.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Saturday, 7 November 2009

What a fabulous day......



I've had at the NEC. I bumped into some of my blogging buddies Tab, Kim, Bev, Jacqui, Rach, her daughter Holly, Marcea, Marlene & Caz. It was wonderful to put faces to names, you are all so talented and an inspiration.
Well, I managed to spend all the cash I took with me and more lol! but in my defence the Bind It All is part of my Christmas present from Roger.
When I arrived home Roger had cooked tea and even had a glass of rose wine poured for me, the perfect end to a perfect day.
Mel

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

A Spoon Full Of Sugar


Over at A Spoon Full Of Sugar there is a fabulous sketch by Debbie and here is my entry. I haven't add much in the way of embellishments because the designer paper is quite busy and the image is on the large size, keep it simple.
The image is by High Hopes and is just perfect for my nephew's Christmas cards. The designer paper is Eskimo Kisses by Basic Grey.
We are off to Barcelona at the weekend for 5 days and then 3 days in North Yorkshire for a family celebration so not much time for card making.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Sketch Saturday


Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Mine has been quite productive a bit of housework, baking a cake and making this card. I am entering my card into this weeks challenge over at Sketch Saturday a fabulous sketch and one I'll use again.
I've had this High Hopes rubber stamp for quite a while and thought it was about time I used it again, it's great for those difficult teenage boy cards. The image has been coloured using Copics & Pro-markers.
I'm now off to do some blog hopping and then to watch the X-Factor results show. I really hope that John & Edward are voted off this week, they can't sing lol!
Thanks for looking
Mel

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Messy Rabbit


I have left it a little late in the day to photograph this card must retake it in the daylight. This Messy Rabbit card is for a male colleague of mine who's birthday is at the end of the month and so I went for an Autumn themed card.

I love the Messy Rabbit stamps and they are so quick and easy to colour, I have used combination of Copics & Pro-makers on this card. The dp is Basic grey and ribbon from my friend May Britt.

Thanks for looking

Mel

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Hanglar Pink Ribbon

Over at Hanglar they are supporting breast cancer awareness month. There is a wonderful sketch to follow and they are asking for you to put a pink ribbon on your card. I think my pink ribbon is slightly on the big side lol!

This card is a little busy and I'm not sure if I really like it. The stamp is a Hanglar from a previous club kit and I've used my pro-markers & copics to colour the image. My friend May Britt sent me a goody bag and in it was the doyley and the ribbon I have used on this card. The flowers were in the sale bin at my local craft shop so a real bargain!

Thanks for looking

Mel

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Papertake Weekly


I was determined to have make it into my craft room again this afternoon and made this card following a wonderful sketch on the Papertake Weekly challenge. I rotated the ribbon to enable me to get all the elements onto my card.

I have used my new Making New Friends stamp by High Hopes which I purchased from Nikki @ Bunny Zoe. The image has been coloured using mainly Copics and a couple of Pro-markers. The designer paper is from a scrap booking kit I bought last year and I think they are by Brenda Walton.

Thanks for looking

Mel

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Gift Box



Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I managed to escape to my craft room for several hours this afternoon and made this gift box for my daughter Poppy to give to one of her school friends who's birthday is next weekend.
The image is one of my favourites by Whiff of Joy as is the text,they work so well together. I have used oval nestabilities and mounted the image on foam pads for some dimension. The flowers are have been made using three different sizes of retro flower punches.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Friday, 9 October 2009

Cute Card Thursday


Over at Cute Card Thursday this weeks challenge is "So Charming" they would like you to use a charm on your card or project. My little charm is a key rather apt for a new home card. I love using charms on my cards so this challenge is just perfect for me.
I have used last weeks sketch from Friday Sketchers. The plan was to enter this card but because I have been so busy at work this past week I have just been too tired to venture into my craft room in the evenings and so missed the deadline. The story of my life at the moment lol!
The image is a Magnolia from the last kit club and I have coloured the image with a combination of Pro-markers & Copics. The flower I made using three sizes of retro punches.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Saturday Challenge

Another Christmas card ticked off my list. I am entering this card into this weeks challenge over at Saturday Challenge which is "Celebration". The stamp is a Tim Holtz Christmas stamp that I bought whilst in Norway visiting my friend May Britt. I wanted a vintage feel to this card and I think I have achieved it.

Thanks for looking

Mel

Saturday, 3 October 2009

A Spoon Full Of Sugar

Mel




My lovely friend May Britt send me instructions on how to make this cute little box. It reminded me of being at school as you have to use a compass and protractor to get all the angles right.
I am entering this little creation into this weeks challenge over at A Spoon Full of Sugar, Christmas.
The designer paper and mulberry flowers were a gift from May Britt and the images are Magnolia Christmas stamps from a couple of years ago.
Thanks for looking

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Pearl Wedding Anniversary



In a few weeks time my Sister In Law Linda & her husband Richard are celebrating their pearl wedding anniversary.
I thought I'd be super organised and make them a card using my Hanglar wedding couple stamp which I am ashamed to say has never been inked up. My Mother In Law then asked me if I would also make a card for her to give to them and so I decided to try my hand at something different and made a card in the shape of a champagne bottle and gift box. I am really pleased with how both cards have turned out.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Friday Sketcher


Hope you are all having a good weekend. I went to my local craft store this morning and treated myself to Cute Companions Christmas Delight stamp set and the Winter Tales cd and then made my card this afternoon. This card is for one of my sweet little nephews who now in live in Australia.
I am entering my card into this weeks challenge over at Friday Sketchers following Jeanette's wonderful sketch.
It doesn't show up very well in the photo but I have used my snowflake Cuttlebug folder and added a tulle bow with a snowflake charm. The image did not require much colouring so a very quick & easy card.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Magnolia Christmas


Lately I have been struggling with my mojo and time, I'm super busy at work which is a good thing but have no energy to make cards in the evening. I did manage to make this card the other weekend but forgot to post it.
The image is by Magnolia from last years Winter kit club. The image has been coloured using a combination of Copics & Pro-markers. I have added a tulle ribbon with a snowflake charm, papers are by Basic Grey.
Thanks for looking
Mel



Thursday, 17 September 2009

Another Missed Challenge


I've gone and done it again. Made a card for the Sugar Bowl challenge following a fabulous sketch by Marlene and then realised it should have been in pink & brown but hey I do like this colour combo.
I've used my Cricut to cut the circles, papers Basic Grey, image is called Daisy by Sugar Nellie, coloured image using combination of Pro-markers & Copics.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Monday, 14 September 2009

A Spoon Full Of Sugar


Happy Monday everyone, hope you are having a good day. Mine has been quite productive and I've made a card for a work colleague following a fabulous sketch by Michelle O from A Spoon Full Of Sugar challenge.
The image is by Magnolia and it is from one of their kits from a while ago but just perfect for the difficult men's cards. I have used a combination of Pro-markers & Copics to colour Edwin. The arrows I cut out on my Cricut and my Big Bite to add the eyelets.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Papertake Weekly


Not really had much chance to venture into my craft room this week as I've been catching up on various bits & bobs in the house now Poppy is back at school. However, I did have a couple of hours free this afternoon and so I decided to follow this weeks sketch over at Papertake Weekly.
I have used a stamp called Maya's Sledge by Papilo which my lovely friend May Britt bought for me. I have coloured the image using Copics, added a tulle ribbon with a snowflake charm.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Cards for Paige


A fellow crafter Erin http://www.scrapstampandbemerry.blogspot.com/ is asking for some help. Her 13 year old neighbour Paige has recently been involved in a terrible boating accident and has had to have part of her arm amputated. Erin would love to cheer Paige up by her receiving cards from all around the world. Please visit Erin's blog for more details.
I was telling my daughter Poppy age 12 all about Paige's accident and she said that she would love to make a card for Paige. So off she went to the craft room and made a panda her first ever attempt at a tear bear. I think she has done a grand job! For my card I used a sweet image by Greeting Farm Factory.
Thanks for looking
Mel






Friday, 4 September 2009

Snow Anya


A modern style Christmas card for one of my hubby's nieces using Snow Anya. I am a big fan of these stamps because they are so cute & easy to colour.
I couldn't make up my mind which sketch to follow so I made up my own and I think it works well with this card. The design papers are from last years Christmas stack by DCWV. I have used tulle to make a bow and then threaded a snowflake charm using a jump ring.
The sentiment "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" is from Elyzbell.
Thanks for looking & have a good weekend
Mel

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Too Late Again....


I made this card following the sketch on Papertake Weekly but left it too late to enter, I seem to do this a lot!

The image is Edwin by Magnolia from their Fall kit which arrived on my doormat yesterday. My husband Roger really enjoys cooking and as it's his birthday next month I thought this image was perfect for him.
I have masked two of the stamps and have doodled by hand around the image and coloured using Pro-markers & Copics.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Monday, 31 August 2009

Rach's Flower Tutorial


Rach of papercraftsbyrach has made a video on how to make these beautiful flowers using retro flower punches. It really is an excellent tutorial and after watching it once I was straight into my craft room to have a go and here is the result.
Thanks Rach I will be making lots more of these pretty flowers
Thanks for looking
Mel

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Roses On Paper


I have just discovered a new (well new to me) challenge site called Roses On Paper and have decided to enter this card into this weeks challenge - incorporating punches. I have used my Martha Stewart punch to create my border.
The sweet image is Fireman Ian by The Greetings Farm and is a joy to colour. The papers are by Basic Grey. This card is for my sister in law's hubby who just happens to be a p/t fireman.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Papertake Weekly


Here is my entry for this weeks challenge on Papertake Weekly a fabulous sketch. The image is one of my favourites by Whiff of Joy and the text "Friends are kisses blown to us by angels" is just perfect for this stamp.
Hope you all have lots of fun things planned for this bank holiday the last one before Christmas boo hoo. I have lots of washing to catch up on after returning from holiday, Sunday we are going to friends for a b-b-q.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Friday, 28 August 2009

We're Back......




from our holiday in Somerset. We had a fabulous time and visited lots of interesting places Wookey Hole, Clovelly, Dunster Castle & travelled on the East Somerset Railway. The weather was very kind and we only had one day of rain. Our accommodation was amazing and the setting just outstanding I would strongly recommend it if you like quaint & peaceful.
I will be back later with a card.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Going On Holiday







We are off on our hols on Friday for 1 week to stay at Manor Mill in Somerset. If the photo's are anything to go by we should have a wonderful time.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Sketch Saturday


Boy did I struggle with this card. I think maybe it's because the image is quite simple not much colour to it. I did try adding more colour but it just looked wrong so my first attempt ended up in the bin.

The image is a Penny Black and I have stamped the cute Christmas mouse in Archival coffee bean ink. I have used my oval Nestabilites to create a frame for the image. The designer paper is from last year Christmas stack by DCVW.

Thanks for looking




Mel

Friday, 14 August 2009

Combo


This is the first time I have combined 3 challenges with one card. The first challenge I am entering my card into is the Whiff of Joy which is a colour challenge you must use brown & pink.

The second challenge is Sketch Friday and a wonderful sketch by Beatrix, loved this sketch.

And the last challenge is Stamp With Fun a birthday theme

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend, a busy one for me as we are going on holiday on Friday and I have to get the washing & ironing up to date so not such time for crafting.

Thanks for looking


Mel

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Cute Card Thursday

The theme for this weeks challenge over at Cute Card Thursday is "At The Beach" and my card fit this theme perfectly.

I have used the masking technique to put the wave breaker behind Edwin. The stamps are from the Magnolia Summer kit and have been coloured using Pro-marker pens. I have secured the jute ribbon with two snaps using a Big Bite. Design papers are Wild Asparagus by My Mind's Eye.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

A Spoon Full Of Sugar


I have used another of the Manga Girls stamps by Sugar Nellie for this weeks challenge over at A Spoon Full Of Sugar. Camilla has created a fabulous sketch to follow. I am very pleased card with how this card has turned out.


The design papers are Basic Grey, Pro-markers used to colour the image, I have also used a Fiskars border punch.


Thanks for looking

Mel

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Basic Grey Challenge


Hooray the Basic Grey Challenge blog is back. Tara has created a fabulous sketch to follow, it is one I will use again. The only other requirement is to use at least one element from Basic Grey. My design papers are Sugared by Basic grey.


My image is from the Manga Kids set and I have coloured with Pro-markers, all other bits & bobs are from my stash.



Thanks for looking

Mel

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge


I am entering this card in the "Child's Play" challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. We have been asked to create a project for a child, fab challenge.
My image is Manga Boy by Sugar Nellie coloured using Pro-marker pens and I have used Kids paper pad by DCVW. I have also added a snap using my Big Bite.
Thanks for looking
Mel

Crafty Goings On


This is just the most amazing blog candy a set of 72 Copic Ciao pens and it is being offered by Crafty Goings On, hop over to their blog to see how to win this fab prize.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Sugar Bowl


This is the first time I have entered the challenge over at the Sugar Bowl, I just love the sketch that Marlene has provided.
My image is called Daisy and she is just so sweet. I have coloured her using my Pro-markers. The image was given to me by my lovely friend May Britt.
The design papers I have used are by Basic Grey.
Thanks for looking
Mel