Welcome to my blog!

From x stitch I moved into card making - now I am playing around with mixed media! I am taking part in different workshops and with help from crafty pals, learning about different mediums and techniques. Hope you feel inspired to create after a visit to my blog - Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Dog of the Week

This gorgeous boy is Jimmy!


Jimmy is a boy with a happy kind loving nature - is very clean within the Kennels.     Jimmy has not been tested with domestic dogs or cats

If you can offer this lovely boy a home please visit here



If you would like to make a donation to this very deserving Trust

  please make a bank transfer to

 Oxford RGT – Account No 00515200  -  Sort Code  30-12-51

or send a cheque to Oxford RGT

 c/o 3 Stocks Tree Close, Yarnton, Kidlington, Oxon OX5 1LU  

  Any donations would be greatly appreciated

Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas Goodies



Hope Santa was kind and bought you lots of lovely crafty stash too!!


Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Happy Christmas

to all of my crafty/blogging pals!!

Hope you have a wonderful day!


Friday, 20 December 2013

Dog of the Week

This week we are showcasing the lovely Roger!


Roger is a very happy go lucky dog - clean within the Kennels - he has had 118 Races and last raced in December 2011 - Roger is an ideal weight at only 30 Kilos

Roger has not been tested with domestic dogs or cats


If you can offer this lovely boy a home please visit here



If you would like to make a donation to this very deserving Trust

  please make a bank transfer to

 Oxford RGT – Account No 00515200  -  Sort Code  30-12-51

or send a cheque to Oxford RGT

 c/o 3 Stocks Tree Close, Yarnton, Kidlington, Oxon OX5 1LU  

  Any donations would be greatly appreciated

Thursday, 19 December 2013

December Rainbow Escape #4

This is my 4th entry for the Rainbow Escape set by Daisy Yellow

This is their prompt;
Use each color combination only once.... and each journaling technique only once. Match each color combination to a journaling technique. Work in any order. PICK A COLOR COMBINATION 
  • Magenta & Scarlet
  • Scarlet & Orange
  • Orange & Yellow
  • Yellow & Green
  • Green & Turquoise
  • Turquoise & Indigo
  • Indigo & Purple
PICK A TECHNIQUE 
  • Mind Map or Brainstorm
  • Top Ten List 
  • Quote or Lyrics
  • Patterns & Doodles
  • Alphabet Stamps, Stencil or Invent-a-Font
  • Write a Poem/Haiku *or* Use Found Poetry {Cut Words from Magazines}
  • Fancy Hand-Lettering Using a Calligraphy Pen, Brush Marker or Fine-Nibbed Marker 


For this page I chose Magenta and Scarlet and the technique is to write a haiku.

A haiku is a japanese poem that is 3 sentences, there are lots of different explanations on how they should be written. I picked the suggestion that it should be a poignant experience and it should have 2 juxtaposed ideas. There is a also a suggestion that it should have a 5-7-5 word limit but I have not managed to do that.



For the base colours I used derwent inktense blocks. I then used a mix of memento, distress and stampin up inks.

I used a range of background stamps and alphabet stamps for the words.



Hope you are all finding time to craft!

 

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Oh Christmas Tree

I always underestimate how many cards I need so have to make last minute ones. I was lucky enough to win the Penny Black set Christmas Fashion so used this for my last minute cards.


Papers by Stampin Up
Coloured with Promarkers
Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
Gems from Meiflower

Hope your week is going well


I am entering this card into the following challenges;

Penny Black and More - Traditional Christmas Colours
Stampotique Designers Challenge - SDC #128 Anything Goes
Try it on Tuesday - Trees (please delete if you feel it does not meet requirements)
Dream Valley Challenges - Christmas


Sunday, 15 December 2013

Ready Teddy Go Midway Reminder

It's Team Bears' turn to give you inspiration for this month's challenge which is Contemporary Christmas


You can enter up to 4 times but each creation must have the main image as a bear/teddy



This is the prize for the lucky winner





I have used my favourite bear for this challenge - James by LOTV



Coloured with Promarkers and glamour dust for sparkle :)


Tag was made with Lilac Posies Fireworks Spray with purple embossing powder.


Join us over at Ready Teddy Go with your Contemporary Christmas Creations!


I am entering this make into the following challenges;

That Craft Place - Christmas
Pan Pastel UK - Snowflakes
Dream Valley Challenges - Christmas
Allsorts Challenge - Snowflakes
TotallyPaperCrafts - Non Traditional Christmas Colours
Cute Card Thursday - Christmas Catch up
Papertake Weekly - Christmas Creature
Fab'n'Funky Challenges - Snowflakes
Simon Says Stamp - Let it Snow
Anything But A Card - Anything Goes with a Holiday Twist



Saturday, 14 December 2013

Penny Black Christmas

I was looking for some green card but found some green vellum instead - I decided to use it in an embossing folder (snow sledding) to see how it turned out.


I love how it turned out!


I am putting both cards in the same post as they are very similar.


I am entering theses cards into the following challenges; 

Sweet Stampin Challenge - Last Minute Christmas
Alphabet Challenge - V for Vellum
Delightful Challenges - Use Red and Green
Ruby's Rainbow - It's Christmas
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Traditional Christmas Inspirations
Cuttlebug Mania - Anything Christmas
Penny Black and More - Traditional Christmas Colours


Hope your weekend is going well



Friday, 13 December 2013

Dog of the Week

Can anyone give Izzy a second chance ?


Sadly Izzy has returned to Kennels after living in a home for 14 months during her time in a home she was very clean and has been described as brilliant with children - Izzy has a happy loving nature but she does not like domestic dogs    It is felt that the children need to be over the age of 10 years Izzy would also need to be homed with somebody who is around during the day or with another greyhound


If you can offer this lovely girl a home please visit here



If you would like to make a donation to this very deserving Trust

  please make a bank transfer to

 Oxford RGT – Account No 00515200  -  Sort Code  30-12-51

or send a cheque to Oxford RGT

 c/o 3 Stocks Tree Close, Yarnton, Kidlington, Oxon OX5 1LU  

  Any donations would be greatly appreciated
 

Sunday, 8 December 2013

December Rainbow Escape #3


Colours are scarlet and orange and the theme is top ten list (Reasons to be cheerful )


Background is dylusion sprays and stamps  - I used the same spray on a piece of design paper and tore those up. I wrote my list on the paper in black and shimmer copic atyou pens. I then overstamped with a mix of stamps.

Hope your Sunday night lasts as long as you want it to!


Happy Birthday (watercolours)

I can post this now as I know the recipient has received it!


I used the smackin acetate technique - but with an acrylic block. I put zig watercolour markers on the block , spritzed with water and stamped on to watercolour paper.

I then used my Penny Black  flying stars stamp with black embossing powder for the main image.

Hope your weekend is going well

I am entering this card into the following challenges;


Allsorts Challenge Blog - Anything but Christmas
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Except Christmas



Friday, 6 December 2013

Dog of the Week

This gorgeous girl is Sally!!

Sally is a good looking girl who last raced in July 2013 having had 93 races - she has a loving nature and is very affectionate.   Sally actually sits like a domestic dog - travels well - has been described by her Trainer as being a very quiet peaceful girl

Sally has not been tested with domestic dogs or cats


If you can offer this lovely girl a home please visit here



If you would like to make a donation to this very deserving Trust

  please make a bank transfer to

 Oxford RGT – Account No 00515200  -  Sort Code  30-12-51

or send a cheque to Oxford RGT

 c/o 3 Stocks Tree Close, Yarnton, Kidlington, Oxon OX5 1LU  

  Any donations would be greatly appreciated
 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

December Rainbow Escape # 2

which is set by Daisy Yellow
 
For this page I have chosen Indigo and Purple for the colours and the theme is Lyrics.


I used dylusion sprays and stamps for the background and then used my Tim Holtz skeleton stamp and octopode skeleton heads.

The lyrics are Blink 182 but mention Jack and Sally from the nightmare before Christmas which is one of my favourite films.




Monday, 2 December 2013

December Rainbow Escape #1

set by Daisy Yellow

This is their prompt;

Use each color combination only once.... and each journaling technique only once. Match each color combination to a journaling technique. Work in any order. PICK A COLOR COMBINATION 

  • Magenta & Scarlet
  • Scarlet & Orange
  • Orange & Yellow
  • Yellow & Green
  • Green & Turquoise
  • Turquoise & Indigo
  • Indigo & Purple
PICK A TECHNIQUE 

  • Mind Map or Brainstorm
  • Top Ten List 
  • Quote or Lyrics
  • Patterns & Doodles
  • Alphabet Stamps, Stencil or Invent-a-Font
  • Write a Poem/Haiku *or* Use Found Poetry {Cut Words from Magazines}
  • Fancy Hand-Lettering Using a Calligraphy Pen, Brush Marker or Fine-Nibbed Marker 
I picked orange and yellow and alphabet stamps.


I began with a pastel background and added background stamps with orange and yellow memento and distress inks. 
I added the Lyndsey Mason  girl stamp and added the text ' I think therefore I craft! '
Hope your week is starting off well :)


I am entering this page into the following challenges;

Make it Monday - Linky Party
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything But A Card  
Delightful Challenges - Favourite Thing (stamping!)
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes



Sunday, 1 December 2013

Quick and Easy Tag

I stamped the SU! penguin up on a scrap of paper and coloured him with promarkers. I then put him on foam pads but had to use glue as well as the pads won't stick to the tape!




I used washi tape as a background - simple!


I am entering this tag into the following challenges; 

Dream Valley - Anything But A Card
Totally Papercrafts - HO HO HO Holidays
Stampin For The Weekend - Feeling Festive
Crafty Little Fairies - Classic Christmas (red,green,gold)
Charisma Cards - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - A for Almost Christmas

Happy 1st December 




Ready Teddy Go December Challenge

Oh my word is it really December already?

Welcome to December and I hope you are all organised for the upcoming festivities!

This month at Ready Teddy Go we want to see 'Contemporary Christmas' makes!

Check out the challenge blog and you will be able to see the delightful creations that Team Teddy have made for your inspiration and delectation!

As usual we are offering a prize to one lucky winner




Your entry must feature a bear/teddy bear as the main image and you can enter up to 4 times with a different creation.

See you over there!


Friday, 29 November 2013

Dog of the Week

This gorgeous boy is Danny




 

Danny is a boy who has been described by his Trainer as a dog with the perfect temperament - very laid back with a loving nature - Danny last raced in April 2012 having had 107 races - he has not been tested with domestic dogs or cats



If you can offer this lovely boy a home please visit here



If you would like to make a donation to this very deserving Trust

  please make a bank transfer to

 Oxford RGT – Account No 00515200  -  Sort Code  30-12-51

or send a cheque to Oxford RGT

 c/o 3 Stocks Tree Close, Yarnton, Kidlington, Oxon OX5 1LU  

  Any donations would be greatly appreciated
 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Journal page and a moan


I can't tell you how much I hate this page or how many layers it has - even though I struggle with layering, why create a lovely page and then cover it up? - it has so many layers as I hated it but everytime I put another layer on it looked worse!

There is acrylic paint, sprays, gesso... it seems that a lot of sprays (october challenge, cosmic shimmer mists) flick ink everywhere when you pull the lid off - luckily it hasn't stained anything or anywhere yet but what a pain!

I decided I couldn't make it any worse so I used some ugly paper (paper from card stack which I didn't like - there is usually one) sprayed and stencilled and background stamped it. Then I stamped my sentiment.


It reads - try - it doesn't have to be perfect - just try. Thought it suited this page!

I am now on my 3rd week of being off work ill with a viral infection. I KNOW there are some people at work who will think it's the same as being on holiday but it really isn't! Although those same people will drag themselves in and infect everyone else...

I have to say I'm getting pretty fed up of it - haven't really got the energy to get much done, including crafting so I'm hoping it's on it's way out and I will be back to normal soon

Hope your week is going well and you are not poorly !

 


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Hello Little One

This is a very overdue card for a friend from work - her and hubby had their first baby a couple of weeks ago but I have felt so rough I hadn't made a card yet. I sent it today along with some baby grows, burp cloths (very american) and bibs.


Image and sentiment is LOTV
Coloured with Promarkers
Memory Box Die and Nesties
Pearls from Meiflower
Chalks
Paper from Stash

Use It Tuesday - Anything Goes (hoarded supplies - pack of 12 x 12 papers that I have had for at least 3 yrs and I don't know where they are from)
Make It Monday - Linky Party
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Cause for Celebration



Hope you are all having a good week


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Winter wishes

Clean and simple Christmas cards!

 Image by Penny Black
Coloured with Promarkers
Embossing Folder by Cuttlebug


Hope your Sunday is going well and it's not too chilly!


I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Dream Valley Challenges - Clean and Simple
Charisma Cardz - Christmas
Crafty Creations - Christmas





Saturday, 23 November 2013

Another finish


I have finished the 3rd lighthouse in the triptych.


Hope your weekend is starting out well