Friday, 31 August 2012

Case #106

Happy that means.....time to kick off those heels, pour a drink and party!

Firsltly I would like to apologise for my wonky photo. I haven't had a drink (honestly!!), my photo skills just were not too hot today.........its that Friday feeling!!

This week Case Study really helped me out with some motivation because they asked us to 'case' ourselves. Now this gave me the push I needed to do some cards for my family who wanted cards similar to ones I have done before. I am not so keen on doing this as I like to try something different but this challenge enthused me to get down to it. So here is my new card (the original card is a the bottom of this post)

I was going to use the same sentiment but found this one I had saved a while ago from Create with TLC and decided on a different shoe stamp-this is from hero arts.

And the inside of my card has a little extra kick!

Now off to kick off my heels and have a drink........too old to party! But before I go here is the original card:

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Lets Go Retro!

Happy Friday Eve crafting buddies,

Today I have gone all out retro....a retro phone, retro stamps, retro colours and a retro challenge!

I saw the retro sketch challenge this week and was going to go all ribbons and bows but then I saw Kasia'a card here and liked her 'CAS' take on the sketch and decided to follow suit. Here is what I came up with:

I used this weeks Colour Q challenge combo, adding a touch of yellow. The image is a freebie from Birdie Brown's blog. I just cut it out, did some colouring, added some wire from my stash to come up with this funky, retro phone..........yep they did look like this once, minus the bright green and smiley face!

Thanks for popping by and enjoy the rest of your day x

Saturday, 25 August 2012

The Magic of Christmas in August!

Happy Weekend to all,

We have to face up to the fact that Summer is nearly over and Christmas is just around the corner! So best to get crafting those Christmas cards now, think of it like this...make the cards now and then you will have more time to party in December!!

For my card today I used my new the 'Tree Trimming Trio' stamp set from PTI. This is such a fun set-it is like a pick and mix set that you can play with all day!

The 'black, white and splash of lime' challenge over at The Play Date Cafe gave me the idea of using a tree stamp and adding lime coloured baubles. I will also enter this into the Bloggers Challenge of 'black, white and one other colour' and the '3-2-1' challenge at Less is More (3 green baubles, 2 green gems and 1 black gem)

Oh, sorry have to rush off now, I can here the Saturday wine bottle popping!!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Case Study #105

Nearly there, the weekend approaches and here in England we are all looking forward to 3 days of play time. 3 days for me to catch up on some inky and chill out time. Think we will be steering clear of the Nottinghill Carnival madness but are likely to pop on the bus into the city and see what celebrations are going on for the Para Olympics.

Today my card is for this week's challenge at Case Study. This week we got to case a card on one of the players-what a cool idea! So I flicked through some old challenges and just picked a card that I liked immediately (no thinking, just look, like and go!!). The card that took my fancy was a creation by Wanda that you can see here on her blog and also at the bottom of this post. I liked the way she had combined the grungy circles with traditional flowers and thought what a funky combo, lets give it a go. And here is my version:

I got to play with my new PTI stamps and dies and combined the grunge set with the traditional flowers following Wanda's idea. And instead of a banner I tried out this background stamp that my cousin Lynn gave me as a gift form America (she thought I might like it and yes she was right-so thank you Lynn!).
I don't have the mist spray so this is where the grunge stamp set from PTI came in useful, I tried to make the mist look using the whole and part of the stamp. I was like a kid, ink, paper, stamps, buttons, all over the place but all worries vanished whilst I played with new toys......yippee I got some quality craft time in at last!!
I am also entering this into the 'leaves' challenge over on fab n funky
Hope to do some more over the weekend and hope you all are planning a great weekend-one more day to go so hang on in there my crafting friends x

And a thank you to Wanda for this inspiration-great card:

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Celebrate Case

Hello crafting buddies,

Yes I have been absent again but today I needed some serious stress relief so got in some inky time to ease the mind!
Case Study are continuing to celebrate their Anniversary and this week they have challenged us to case one of their fab team of designers. I have chosen to case Aimes. I have been an admirer of her work for a long time now. Her style to me is very CAS with elegance. I often visit her blog to gain inspiration. I have used all PTI products on my card as Aimes is a lover of PTI (plus I got a parcel of PTI goodies last week!!)

Here is my card:

The card I cased can be seen here on Aimes's photostream-check it out and be inspired.
I am also entering this into the challenge '3 of a kind' at Created with Love

Just a quick dash today as now have to go back to the funding application that has me stressed and need of crafting time!!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Hello Again!

It seems like ages since I have posted. I have just got back from a very hot but relaxing hols in Santorini. Callum and I had a great time but now off we go back into 'London Days!'

Since coming home and doing all the holiday laundry (yet to be finished) I am writing an application for some funding and was starting to feel stressed (how does that happen only a few days after coming home??). However a little package of goodies arrived from my cousin Lynn so I decided to ease my mind and have some fun crafting.

I have for a long time now loved the 'gringe me' stamps from PTI and, as I now am a proud new owner of this set, I got them out to play. Had no idea what to do with them but remembered making a bordered stamp card form  this PTI 'Make it Monday' tutorial. So as I hadn't crafted for a while I decided to have a go following this. And I came up with a very non 'CAS' card which is weird for me but I had such a lot of fun doing it.

Now, please humour me and note how I have tried to follow the pattern of the 'retro grunge' 'stampin' up' paper when doing my own stamping design (see grunge spludges and circles??)

The chevron border is again from PTI, I stamped it on some of the background paper and cut it out to border it from the pattered paper.

As it is my Brother's Birthday next week and this card has a 'guy' feel to me I will be popping this in the post for him.

Now this is going into the challenge at A Passion for Papertrey. The package of goodies was a PTI package with a few little surprises from Lynn, one of which is the dotted stamps bordering the sentiment.

It is only 6am here so I now have a bit more time in my day for that dreaded application and hopefully some crafting stress relieve later in the day. But first I need to go and wake hubby so he can go out a earn the bacon!

Oh and before I go a picture of me and Callum from our hols.

Good to be back and have a good day x

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Summertime colours!

Hello from sunny Santorini (well here's hoping as this is pre-scheduled the night before I go!!)

I am at the moment, I hope, enjoying a few cocktails and watching the sunset.

When I saw the Summer colours on this week's Colourq challenge I had to have a go and I decided to combine it with the Summertime challenge at A passion for Papertry. As these flowers have such a summertime glow to them. I have used the 'garden of life' stamp set and linen impression plate (my fave) from PTI and the sentiment from Paper smooches. I had the inspiration for the design from Nichole Heady's 'make it Monday' tutorial that you can view here. I tried out the 'bleach stamping' and was impressed but need a bit more practise. However I did use a design based on one of her cards.

Hope you like my take on the clourq colours and Summertime what is that I hear-oh yes the clinking of glasses as hubby buys cocktails on the terrace so we can marvel at the sunset (all in my mind at the moment, but here is to wishing big!!)
Will catch you in a week or so and hope all is well with my crafting buddies.
Take care x