Friday, 27 July 2012

A is for ..... Angel

I am going for the clever combining of challenges this early morning!  The theme this week over at CD Sunday is A is for ....., and I wanted to make another Xmas card - so A is for Angel.

The Polkadoodle CD-Rom, Sundae of Seasons, provided the sweet angel image - which I coloured with Copic pens in the fab monochromatic way.  My first time, so don't look too closely!  Colours used are - W5, W7, W3, W1, C1, B60, BV31, BV23, R46.  The backing paper is from the Papermania DVD-Roms, Christmas Past, which I have installed on my computer and can use their Digital Designer software (which is very easy to use) to either simply print off papers etc, or actually design a card.  I made the sentiment topper myself.  A scrap of slightly sparkly card and a fine ink pen.  All mounted onto a red base card.

I also enter this into -

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #82, Monochromatic

Pixie Dust Studio Challenge - Christmas

Southern Girls Challenge - #49, Angels or Fantasy

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Pink Xmas

For Hazel's Xmas Challenge this week - #82, the theme is Monochromatic.  I may well make another card, using black and white this time, but for now the pad of diecut ornaments from Craftwork Cards was asking to be used, so it only seemed fair to make a pink card.

After layering up some of the diecut snowflakes, I added a pink pearl gem and some tiny diamond gems from stash.  The base card was run through my Cuttlebug (which is also pink!) with some Xmas embossing designs.  I then used one of the Summer Limited Edition Distress Inkpads (which proves they are vital all year round), Picked Raspberry, to colour up this card.  I also used this to stamp the Joy sentiment (IndigoBlu 'Here Comes Santa' set) and a Copic pen for the faux stitching.  All mounted up on the base card - and there you go - a really simple and quick card.

I also enter this into -

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Use your Non-Traditional Colours

Wednesday, 25 July 2012


Happy WOYWW to all those I do not get to visit.

Firstly, for those who do not know what these initials stand for (What is on Your Workspace Wednesday), go to Julia's blog, Stamping Ground, and take a look/join in.  She has a fab piccy of a lovely poppy field and a piccy of a surprise trip to Spain (not at all jealous - why couldn't she take me with them???) to entertain you.

Secondly, I apologise, but I haven't actually done much crafting in the past few days - the sun has actually come out in Pembrokeshire and hay had to be cut/baled.  I don't do any of the physical work now (apart from sitting on the tractor with Rich for a while yesterday - good fun, and a lovely view from up there, but a bit bouncy with the baler working behind), but I do have to drive Rich to and from the field, go to buy more baler twine, and also supply sandwiches/cakes/tea to the hungry men.

This is a piccy to prove that we have had sunshine (but cloudy at the moment - sun should be out again later and the hay will be finished today hopefully - only another 700 bales to go - 800 already in the shed).

Back to my craft room, which I am sitting in at the moment.  No actual crafting taking place, but whilst I wait for photos etc to upload I am tidying up a bit.  Two magazines with free gifts purchased this week (some sweet Daisy & Dandelion images to colour, glitter glues, CD-Rom and a card inspiration booklet), plus my latest instalment of the Recipe Cards from Craftwork Cards (from QVC).  These arrive every 3 months and are fab for inspiration.  I also had a book of die-cut Xmas Ornaments with it - and they are now waiting to be used to make a card in the next couple of days.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Winter Warmer

Despite having some much-needed sunshine here in Pembrokeshire, I have been happily making Xmas cards this morning.

Nigel May's new double CD-Rom, A-Mazing Craft Into Christmas, was calling me and I had a great time browsing through it and printing some sheets off.

The first card I made is this lovely cosy cup of cocoa and plate of cookies.  I used the hexagon invertage image, mounted onto some gold mirri-card (run through my Cuttlebug with a snowflake embossing folder) and then onto the co-ordinating backing paper from the CD.  I used a gold glitter pen to add some sparkle.  I made the sentiment with the verse maker - so simple and versatile.  There is also a matching insert and envelope.

I enter this into -

Willow Sketchie Challenge - Christmas in July
Delightful Sketches - Christmas in July

Paper Play - Week 29  - Christmas in July

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Red & Silver Stars

Perhaps it is because of the rubbish weather, or because of being forced to sit still and rest my hips, but I made another card for Hazel's Christmas Challenge.  (Lucky that I did, as I have just seen that my first entry is not showing in her list??!  Will have to go back and add the link again.)

This card is using a recycled Xmas card - the stars and sentiment are cut from it.  I mounted these onto a piece of gorgeous red tissue paper (from Tesco - a good source of wrapping paper/tissue paper etc) to make a really simple card.

Rainy Day

We are having a rubbish summer so far in Wales.  Causing a lot of problems on the farm - they are behind with silage making (need another 500 bales at least) and the hay field should have been cut  weeks ago.  However, there is a period of better weather forecast (from Friday onwards) and hubby hopes to cut the hay on Thursday afternoon, so my ponies will have their feed for the coming year (and extra left over to sell) without having to pay the high price of buying it in from our local feed merchant.  My health always improves in the sunshine, so I really hope that the weather forecast is correct.

I printed off this digi stamp a few weeks ago and coloured it in, and started to plan a card for it last week.  It is such a sweet design - and very relevant to our recent weather.  Go to for this image and a lot more.

I used the sketch from Sketch n Stash #92 to finish the card.

The base card is a slightly gold shimmer card that came with a magazine free kit.  The green gingham paper and the Core-dinations card used to make the lace border (with a Spellbinder die through my Cuttlebug) are from my scrap drawer.  The lovely shaped background under the image was printed from the My Craft Studio Quintessential Country Garden CD-Rom, and the image was edged with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink, and coloured with Copics.  The flower was made up from die-cut flowers in a brilliant pad from Craftwork (loads of lovely colours and designs).  The sentiment was printed on my Brother Labelling machine.

Ali x


A late submission from me to Julia's list of fantastic crafty workspaces on her blog, Stamping Ground.  Every Wednesday we add a photo (or more) of our desk/storage/project ... and then take a tour around as many workspaces as we have time for.  Go and visit some for inspiration/entertainment.  Happy WOYWW to everyone. 

I am a big Tour de France fan and it is the biggest mountain day today, so I delayed my first internet usage until midday when the live coverage started and I could sit down in front of the tv.  I made 2 cards this morning, and also printed out some more images/papers for another Xmas card.  My hips are playing up again, so have had to rest more and take extra painkillers (so, now even more dizzy and tired than usual), so getting in my craft room is a good excuse to stop me rushing about.

My first photo is from this morning.  It shows my Cuttlebug, the Spellbinders dies I was using for the birthday card with a 'Rainy Day' image, the Distress Ink pad that I used for the edges on that image, old Xmas cards that I am going to use to make new cards, plus my first attempt at using Flitterglu/Gilding Flakes (the gorgeous stars), latest Craft Stamper magazine .....

I was lucky enough to win a couple of prizes recently - a stash bag and a fab CD-Rom.

Monday, 16 July 2012

A Star of FlitterGlu

I typed this on Sunday morning, but only just got it published due to a problem getting the photo inserted.

My Xmas crafting box is in a mess again after re-starting my campaign to make as many Xmas cards as possible before the real rush begins.  I also used my FlitterGlu Starter Kit for the first time, and at such an early hour on a Sunday morning (pain in my left leg forced me out of bed) means that perhaps I am not as organised\tidy as I normally am!!  There is a fair amount of sparkle on my dressing gown and slippers, but at least my mobile phone is not in use this morning (the SIM card is being used to access our broadband) so cannot take a photo of my messy craft room!

This card was designed for the latest challenge over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #81, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

The main star image was stamped with FlitterGlu (it is from a large sheet of stamps - probably free with a magazine, knowing me!) and then Winter Dawn Mega-Flakes rubbed on.  The colours are beautiful - silver, gold, green, copper .....  This is matted onto two papers from the Docrafts Papermania A Silent Night paper pack, and also some gold mirri-card.  The sentiment strip is from a Kanban kit.

I also enter this into -

Totally Gorjuss - #140, It's Christmas

Ali x

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Gift Card

I rediscovered the Polkadoodles blog after purchasing their latest fab CD-Rom, Studio 12, Picknix No.1, and this is the entry for their Gift Card Holder challenge (Week 27).

I used the CD-Rom to print out a double-sided based card and also the heart embellie on the inside pocket.  The edges were inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  A flower from Wild Orchid Crafts was coloured with a pencil and layered onto a doily cut from Kraft card through my Cuttlebug (Spellbinders die).  The cute wooden button is from stash (again from Wild Orchid Crafts).

This is the first time I have made a pocket card.  I will be trying to use different templates and folds for my cards from now on.

I also enter this into -  Craft Your Days Away #49, Doilies and Lace.

ATCs and Cards with Attitude - #18, Anything Goes.

Fat Pages and Cards with Attitude - #18, Anything Goes (Who knew that a Fat Page is a creation of 4 x 4"??  I will definitely be having a go at one of these.)

Ali x

Saturday, 14 July 2012

100th post!!

It is hard to believe that I am already typing my 100th post (only started in February), but then again, perhaps it is not more surprising that I haven't waffled on more by now!

After a break of more than a week out of my craft room, it was lovely to sit down and get crafting again.  I made a card for my cousin's 88th birthday.  She loves her garden and when I saw the free kit I got from Create & Craft (club member's gift - you just pay for postage), I knew that I could make the perfect card for her with it.  It is the Hunkydory Tea Party kit - beautiful toppers, sentiments, card and paper.

Everything came from the kit, apart from the actual base card and the gems (all from stash).  It is really pretty and the colours are gorgeous.

Firstly, I enter this into - ATCs and Cards with Attitude - #18, Anything Goes.

Secondly, Inspire Me Fridays - #67, Always Anything Goes.

Thirdly, Crafty Creations - #178, Free For All.

Ali x

Friday, 13 July 2012

A Quick Update & Blog Candy

I managed to miss WOYWW this week, as we stayed away an extra day and didn't come home until Thursday.  For those who have sent me messages enquiring about our holiday, we did survive the awful weather!  On Friday night we had tremendous rain and strong winds - the worse in the Plymouth area for many years.  The caravan was rocked by the awning moving about and the noise from the rain was deafening (just like having water poured from the sky).  Everyone in our group was ok (even the 2 guys in a tent!) - except for 2 inches of water in our awnings to paddle in - but others were flooded/blown away.  We found out the next morning that we were nearly evacuated at 3 am, as the river going through the campsite was close to flooding. 

Everything set up - the calm before the storm!

The morning after the storm

Something that always cheers me up in this 'summer' weather is the chance to win some Blog Candy.  Sandy has a gorgeous set of goodies to give away on her blog HERE.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012


Firstly, if you have not experienced WOYWW (What is on your workdesk Wednesday) before, go over to Julia's Stamping Ground and you can see a long list of blogs to look at, plus the rules.  We post a picture of our workspace on a Wednesday with some details about it/our lives.

I wasn't sure that I would get on here this week, as we are off in the new caravan for the first time tomorrow morning for a 24 hour mountain biking event down in Plymouth.  Busy buying lots of stuff to ensure that our future trips are comfortable and well equipped (and coloured in red/black wherever possible, as I am more 'caravan-proud' than houseproud!!).  Today we have to get everything packed into the caravan and car (which is complicated by the car being away at the garage until later today - it needed some work on the brakes and towbar electrics, vital for any caravanning trip!).

My health hasn't been great this week - my left hip flared up this time (after a lot of trouble with my right hip back in 2010/2011) and I was forced to slow down/take more painkillers.  Everything crossed that it has settled down - but still I am aware that I can't rush around too much.  The dogs and housecat are off to the kennels/cattery this afternoon, and then I can concentrate on finishing the packing.  REALLY excited about getting away.  The caravan is super-comfortable - central heating/huge washroom/even a tv and dvd player.  We have got an awning to match it, so somewhere to put wet bike, coats, boots etc.  There is food/entertainment/shopping at the event, so we will be happy whatever the weather.

It is shocking how extreme the weather has been around the world this week.  My thoughts are with those who are suffering with floods in the UK, and hot weather/storms in the US. 

Finally, over to crafting - which I have done quite a lot of this week (see earlier blog posts for details).  I have managed to keep my craft room tidy - and only got 3 cards waiting for inserts/envelopes/cello bags.  Still haven't had time to have a first play with my PanPastels, and only used my limited edition Spring and Summer Distress Inkpads once.  Lots to look forward to when we get back next week.  Rediscovered my love for Serif CraftArtist - and got several new digikits.  There is so much to learn with that software and it will keep me quiet whilst we are in the caravan (one advantage of digital crafting).

Happy WOYWW to everyone.  I probably won't get round many workspaces today - but perhaps in the next few days I will have the chance if we have reasonable internet on the campfield.

Ali x

The top of my chest of drawers (which holds paper/card, base cards/envelopes, decoupage etc).  Photo of my pony, cross stitched cottage that I stitched for my nan, Cuttlebug, box of tapes ......

Monday, 2 July 2012

Stars, Stripes & Sparkle

I have cheated with the theme at Shelly's Images, as I made up a card with her featured digistamp, and then remembered that there was a theme as well.  Thankfully, there are stars and stripes on the cloth in the picnic basket - and I have added some glitter for sparkle!!

The background was created using Serif CraftArtist and several of their digikits, and the actual picnic basket (you can purchase this in Shelly's online store) was coloured with Copic marker pens (G94, E31, BV31, Y21, G07, R05, E53, E11, Y15, G14, YG23, YR31, C1).

I also enter this into -

DigiDarla Designs - Summertime

and - Willow Sketchie Challenge - Sparkle and Shine.

Ali x

Sunday, 1 July 2012

My Little Seagull

I bought Simply Homemade magazine this month just to get the free Emma Ball stamps and paper collection, and was then waiting for a challenge theme to suit the images.

Well, suddenly there are several !!

The first is CD Sunday - Seaside Treasures.

Secondly, Artful Times - Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Thirdly, Emergency Crafters - Summer Sun.

I created the background using various digikits on Serif CraftArtist (my new love - could spend hours playing and trying to learn new things). Everything else is the gorgeous Emma Ball designs - stamps, papers and embellishments. I coloured the stamped images with Copic marker pens - E31, B60, BV23, BV29, Y38, YR16, E53, E50.

A simple, but bright and cheery, summer birthday card.

BTW - hope you love my little seagull as much as I do?!

Ali x