Saturday, 29 August 2009

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 18

Hi all, and happy Saturday.

It's a cold one today, for me anyway, although my hubbie wouldn't agree. If I'm not basking in heat, then I find it cold. I should really be living somewhere warm and sunny, but I don't think there's much chance of that.
Anyway, another challenge. I'm doing well this week, I seem to be getting back into the swing of things again. I'm entering The Sugar Bowl challenge again this week, mainly because I just love the Sugar Nellie stamps. This time I've used one of the Gorjuss Girls (collection three). I've not inked her up until today, and I'm really pleased with the result.

The colours have been kept simple so they don't detract too much from the image. I added a little bit of sparkle to her wings, and the MS punched butterfly. I added the obligatory button, and kept to the sketch as per the challenge. The papers are from My Minds Eye, and Imaginesce. The punched edge was made using the Stampin' Up! Scallop Edge punch, then I chalked the edges to give them a bit more definition.


I bought some new Copic's (fourty to be presise) to add to my ever growing collection. I now have 133 in total, lucky me. I'm loving this colour combination, and will probably use it again, it's a very girly, sugary combo, just me.

Anyway thanks for looking. Bye for now.

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Friday, 28 August 2009

Little Princess

Hi everyone, and happy Friday.

I've bought the school uniforms today. There's only one supplier in Peterborough because they have to have the school logo on. So no getting them cheap from Tesco for me, boo hoo. But at least I have what they needed now. Thankfully I still have some bits from last year that fit them, and are not worn out yet. Just have to get Jordan a school bag now, then they're all set. They don't go back until September 8th though. Sophie is most disgusted as that's the day of her 16th birthday.


Anyway, as I've been doing quite a few secret projects just lately, to do with my first Stampin' Up! workshop, which I can't show you yet. I don't want to spoil it for those attending. I thought I'd show you a digital layout I have completed with my baby granddaughter Nicole as the subject. I've got tons of photo's, and want to make a book of her first year. So this page will go into it once I assemble it.
Of course it has to be pink and girly. The collection was downloaded from Nitwit Collections and is called Affection. The whole collection cost only $14.76 and thats including the add ons, which I purchased too. Digital paper collections are such good value, as you can print them out and use them in conventional card making and scraapbooking too. Just remember to back up your files, as you don't want to lose the collection you have purchased, or your digital creation when you've spent time on it.
These layouts look fab printed out, and are so much more interesting than plain old photos. I love designing them when I don't want the mess of conventional papercraft cluttering up my workspace, aka dining room table.....
Anway Nicole is almost five months old and I know I'm biased, but she's adorable. Hope you like my layout. I'd be happy to receive any comments if you care to leave any.


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Sunday, 23 August 2009

Sugar Bowl Challenge 17

Hi again everyone,
Now I have a card today that IS in time for the challenge. It's over at The Sugar Bowl, and is a sketch, with the added challenge of making your own flowers. There is a fab prize on offer for two lucky people, a full set of the brand new Sugar Nellie Autumn Stamps, WOW, a full set. it's gotta be worth a go don't you think?
So for my card I've used one of the Manga Kids. I adore these, and have the first full set, but this is the first time I've used any of them. I love 'em, and they're a dream to colour. Take a look.


The colour scheme of pink and green is one of my favourites, although these ones are much more sultry shades from Bo Bunny, and I love 'em. The sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up! I love the handwritten look of these stamps.

My flower is truly hand made. First I crocheted a flower using cotton thread. The pink and black flower I made using Fimo modelling clay. Something I'm experimenting with just lately. I combined them and Voila, a handmade flower to order. I've made quite a few from Fimo, and am going to try different colour combinations, so watch this space for something a bit different.

Take care, and happy crafting.

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Better Late Than Never

Hi everyone and happy Sunday

I think this card was for another challenge that I was late with, but lord knows which one.
Anyway I used a Sugar Nellie image, which I love. Coloured with Copic's again, and this time combined with two stamps from Stampin' Up! They are both from the Fresh Cuts stamp set in the mini catalogue. If you want to take a look at what else is in the set, then click on the link over on the side bar. I love the little leaf stamp, it's so pretty.

This is my sort of card, very girly and feminine, and I do love it, even if I say so myself.



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Saturday, 22 August 2009

Late Once More

Hi everyone, and happy Saturday

Well I'm pleased to say that my son's operation was successful, and he is now home again. He'll have his stitches out on 1st October, and hopefully start physiotherapy soon afterwards. But he's on the mend at least.

Now I've been a bit lax lately about posting. The reason is partly because I'm trying to get organised with my Stampin' Up! demonstratorship, if that's the right word. But today I'm posting a card from a challenge about three weeks ago. Friday sketchers posted a sketch on August 7th, and believe it or not, I did finish the challenge on time. I did not post it though, so I'm letting you all see it now instead.

There's quite a bit of stitching on this card, I really love that look at the moment. The papers are by My Minds Eye. I coloured the image with Copic markers, and the vine leaves were painted inside the card with H2o's so they shimmer, although you can't see it on the photo.

The white stitching is actually faux stitching made with a white gel pen, but the green stitching has been done with embroidery silk. In both cases you will need to prick the paper first.

The Prima flowers were distressed using chalk, and Distress Stickles, with buttons added to the centres. This card was made for display at Sir Stampalot where I am a member of their design team.

Hope you like it even though it's too late for the challenge.

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Friday, 21 August 2009

Stampin' Up! Workshop

Hi everyone, and happy Friday.

Phew the end of the week. My son has gone into hospital today for surgery on his broken arm, and a bone graft. He is really worried about it, but I know they'll look after him. Hopefully he should be back home tomorrow.

Anyway, I'm just letting you all know that I will be holding a Stampin' Up! workshop, my first, at my home on September 14th at 7.30pm. If you live in the Peterborough area of Cambridgeshire, and wish to come along and see what Stampin' Up! is all about, then just drop me an email. Don't be shy, just go for it and I can guarantee you'll have a great evening.
Take care

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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Truly Scrumptious

Hi everyone, and happy Wednesday to you.

At last I have made something. The past couple of weeks I've been busy preparing an inspiration board for my demos of Stampin' Up! products. I need a few more people to invite though, so if you live in the Peterborough area of Cambridgeshire, UK and fancy coming along, then just drop me a line, or leave a comment on this post and I'll give you the details. If you would like any other details about Stampin' Up! then let me know.
Now here's a little gift box for you. It's my contribution to the Truly Scrumptious design team for this weeks challenge. The challenge is....to make something other than a card. Why not take a look at what you could win if you join in.

I have used Stampin' Up! products (apart from the brad). The colours are Chocolate Chip, Close To Cocoa, and Bashful Blue...a yummy combination. The stamp set is Pocket Silhouettes. It's so easy to make, and good for beginners who want something that look impressive, and they can adapt for any occasion.

Hope you like it, and thank you for looking.

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Sunday, 16 August 2009

Reach For The Moon

Hi everyone and happy Sunday.
No cards to show you again, just another photo. I'm still playiing with my new camera, lenses and Photoshop.
I thought I'd have a go at shooting the moon...this is about as good as I've got up to now.
On the far right you can see some texture, craters probably. The texture has not been touched up, the only editing I've done was to crop the photo, sharpen it up a little using the unsharp mask, and alter the colour hue. Not bad I think. I just wish I could get in closer...need a bigger lens I suppose. anyone got any tips...

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Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Stampin' Up!

Hi there and a Happy Tuesday to you all.

I just wanted to let you all know that I have now joined Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator. There are a couple of links on my side bar to the current catalogues. Why not take a look and see what Stampin' Up! is all about.












If you are interested in ordering or hosting a workshop, or if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! then I would be more than happy to assist. My contact details are on my side bar.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Debbie xx

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Truly Scrumptious Challenge 13

Hi everyone, and Happy Wednesday.
I'm finally getting back into crafting, after the rather unsettling time I've had lately. I'm off to Capture The Magic too today, so I'm sure to have a great time.



The challenge from Truly Scrumptious this time, is to use this sketch by our very own talented Mina and combine it with 'A bit Of Bling'

I used this Magnolia image from the Butterfly Collection. It's quite appropriate for us here in the UK at the moment, as we're having quite a bit of rain. Typical British 'summer' weather. Still it's what makes out 'green and pleasant land' so special so I don't mind too much.
I used a combination of peach and turquoise tones, with papers from My Minds Eye. This paper is infused with glitter, so is quite 'blingy' itself.

However I also added glitter on the raindrops and on the frill of the umbrella, and for added bling, some gemstones on the Prima blossom which I sprayed with Glimmer Mists beforehand.

Why not pop along to see what the rest of the design team have done, and play along for your chance to win a fabulous prize.

Take care, and happy crafting.

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