Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A Jar of Love

Hello again friends!

This week seems a bit like "blog post fest", as my two DT's coincide with having new challenges launching!

This time, I'm sharing the new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs and this time we'd like to see your creations that say Get Well or With Sympathy

We're being sponsored this time by the lovely Tammy from A Day for Daisies, who is offering the random winner of this challenge a $12 Gift Certificate to the store. And even if you're not the lucky winner of this challenge do drop by the store as Tammy sometimes has some freebies on offer .... ;o) ! And there's always plenty of inspiration from the ADFD Design Team at A Day for Daisies Blog.

Tammy has also kind been enough to give each member of our DT their choice of image to showcase for this challenge, so here's my With Sympathy card, featuring an image from A Day for Daisies:

I don't know about you, but I always find sympathy cards the hardest to create and they take me a really long time. Maybe it's because I'm trying too hard to make something that's right for the occasion. I've kept this one really uncluttered and I shall keep it stashed safely so that the next time I need a sympathy card, I'll be able to send it straight away instead of being a day or two late whilst I create!

My card recipe is as follows:

I hope I've inspired you to have a go at making either a Get Well or With Sympathy project. If you're in need of further inspiration, then do head over to Incy Wincy Designs and feast your eyes on the projects which have been made by my fabbie teamies. Then don't forget to come back and share your creations with us. This challenge ends on Saturday 3rd September 2016 and we'll be back on Monday 5th September 2016 with our next challenge.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Whatever you're up to today, I hope you have fun!

Hugs, Helen x

Monday, 15 August 2016

Under 'de Sea

Well howdy crafters! Hope you're all well and, if you're in the UK, enjoying both the fantastic weather and tremendous performances of our Olympians!

Sorry it's been sooooo long since there was a post from me, but the end of the summer term brought the usual frenetic madness to Casa Mia, and then we flew straight off on a holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida to "do" the theme parks! I think everything that could go wrong did in our first 24 hours, from a suitcase being damaged on arrival, to there not being a live booking for us at the car rental company, 2 out of 3 credit cards being declined at the supermarket to my mobile going in to "lost/stolen" mode!!!!!!! Anyway, by the time we got most of these sorted out on our second day (the hire car took several emails overnight and then 2 hours of me being rather assertive before we left with a car for the remainder of our holiday!) we were ready to go a have fun with Mickey & Co., plus going to the many other parks in the area.

There were so many highlights, from accompanying "adrenaline junkie" eldest bambino on the most terrifying rollercoasters I think I've ever seen, to the magical parades at the Magic Kingdom, "mum dancing" with Mr Incredible (fortunately there are no photos of that one ;o)!) and the most amazing time swimming with Okai the dolphin at Discovery Cove.

Phew, think I've come back home for a rest because we sure had an action packed 2 weeks away!

Today sees the start of a new challenge time at Feeling Sketchy and as usual we've got a great sketch for you.

Our sponsor this time is the lovely Nikky and team from Polkadoodles who are offering the lucky winner of this challenge a prize. And even if you're not our winner, go and check out the website as there are always some great offers on ....... !

So here's the sketch:

and here's my project using it:

I've compiled a digital layout, featuring some holiday snaps ;o) !

My layout recipe is as follows:
  • Base layer - is the Wood Paper from Marisa Lerin's Coastal Papers Kit available at Pixel Scrapper
  • Photograph Frames - are from the July 2015 Crafter's Companion Club Inspire monthly download called Sea Breeze. Into these frames, inserted some photos from our holiday: from left to right, going "Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid" ride at Disney's Magic Kingdom, a Disney "stock" photo from our PhotoPass of Ariel in the "Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade", and the 2 Bambinos on a "meet and greet" with Ariel in her clam shell. I then digitally layered the frames together and added a shadow to make them stand out from the wood paper.
  • Starfish Brad - is another element from the Club Inspire monthly download Sea Breeze. I've just layered this onto the paper, and added a shadow underneath it.
  • Journal Card - is also from the Sea Breeze download. I've added a blank text box over the top of the journal card and then added the wording so it sits within the lines of the card.

This sketch is perfect for both scrapbookers and cardmakers alike, but if you're in need of further inspiration, then do head over to the challenge blog and see the other great creations (both cards and layouts) by my wonderful teamies. I hope that I've inspired you to play along at Feeling Sketchy - don't forget that you can change the shapes of elements and rotate the sketch to suit your project ... we just need to see that you've been inspired by sketch! We'll be back with our next challenge on 1st September 2016.

I have been inspired by and would like to enter the following challenges:

I'll be along later with another challenge post - no holiday photos though, promise!!!!!

Whatever you're up to today, I hope you have fun.

Hugs, Helen x

Thursday, 14 July 2016

"I've nearly beaten my high score ..... !"

Hi everyone and a very warm welcome to Tee who is my newest follower!

Wow it seems ages since I last posted and this one should have been up last week - apologies for the delay. I always think I'm in control towards the end of the summer term and then I usually get several curved balls slung at me all at the same time. Well, this year is no exception and time just seems to be totally running away with me! I'm just hoping that one of them doesn't fall out of the sky and clobber me :o) !!!

Anyway, our challenge this time at Incy Wincy Designs is Fancy Folds, where we're looking for your cards that have more than one fold, and the fancier the better! 

As usual we've got a couple of great sponsors with amazing prizes up for grabs!

Our first sponsor is Craft Classes Online who are offering our first lucky prize winner 1 seat in an online class of your choice. 

Craft Classes Online (CCO) brings multiple Creative Arts Instructors together on one site to provide students with the best choice in online craft workshops. Our instructors offer online workshops that are engaging, affordable, and time-saving. Students from across the globe can learn any number of techniques and creative projects from the comfort of their home and on their schedule. 

Make sure to check out our blog, Everyday Moodlings, which offers a theme of the week and challenges us to use all of our craft supplies during the coming year. We offer ideas, tips, tutorials, and crafty inspiration. 

We are excited to be sponsoring Incy Wincy Challenge Blog. You can view our class list on our website at www.CraftClassesOnline.com[http://.]. We continuously update our website with new workshops, so check back often.

Become a subscriber to our newsletter and gain access to our FREE class, “Ink Essentials”! Come visit us on our Facebook page, too. One lucky winner will receive a free seat to an online workshop valued at $25 or less. Good Luck!

Our second sponsor is Brigzy and the team at Doctor Digi House of Stamps who are offering our second lucky prize winner 2 digital images of their choice.

DR Digi's House of stamps is a site that aims to bring you digi stamps with a sense of humour. We're not your average digi site, you wont find flowers and teddy bears.  Well you might.. but it'll be holding a bloody big chainsaw!

Dr Digi's have also been kind enough to give all the DT an image of their choice to showcase on their project with folds, so without further ado, here is my card:

My card recipe is as follows:

I hope I've inspired you to come over to Incy Wincy Designs and join in the fun with Fancy Folds but if you're lacking inspiration, please check out the wonderful array of makes by my clever teamies! This challenge ends on Saturday evening (UK time) and we'll be back with our next challenge on Monday.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Until next time, take care!

Hugs, Helen x

Friday, 1 July 2016

The Butterflies and the Bee .... !

Good morning crafty friends, and no this is not going to be a biology lesson ;o) !!!!!!

Hope that this post finds you well. Given that it is now the 1st of July, can anyone in the Northern Hemisphere please explain where summer has disappeared to? I know that the tennis at Wimbledon has started and that this usually heralds rain, but I've resorted to jeans and jumpers again this week. Much more and the heating will have to go back on!

It's new challenge time at Feeling Sketchy and we've got another fabby sketch in store for you. 

We've also got a fabby sponsor and this time it's the lovely Jodie from Bugaboo Digital Stamps and she'll be offering a prize pack to our lucky winner. Having been lucky enough to have had a couple of recent wins on challenges that Jodie has sponsored, I know that the prizes she offers are great! And don't forget that even if you don't win the main prize, everyone's a winner with Bugaboo's legendary "Friday Freebies"!

So, here goes with the sketch created as usual by Michelle:

And here's my take on it, using images from Bugaboo Digital Stamps:
My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is made from Centura Pearl Snow White Silver which I cut, scored and folded to make a 12.5cm x 15cm card base. To make sure the card base shape matched the die cut shapes, I scanned the die and then increase the size to suit. I printed out the resulting shape and used this as a template to cut my card base with a craft knife and ruler.
  • Mat & Layer - is made from plain black card and I created a further template to ensure this was the correct size by measuring in 0.5cm on each edge of the card base template and then ruling the lines. I cut along these lines, and used the resulting shape as my template.

  • Images - are the lovely Rose Block Trio by Jodie at Bugaboo Digital Stamps. These come in monochrome and are set into squares. However, I wanted to use these pretty Diamond Press Stitched Hexagon Dies which came with Crafter's Inspiration Magazine Issue 10, so I increased the size of the blocks. Once the roses had been die cut, I laid them out in this lovely offset pattern. I then stamped the sweet little bumble bee (from the stamp set included with Crafter's Inspiration Magazine Issue 10) twice in Versamark Ink (the second time I masked the little bee, so it's only the trail that shows) and then heat embossed this using Silver Embossing Powder.
  • Flowers - are die cut from Centura Pearl Snow White Silver using the middle and smallest dies in the Die'sire Essentials Flowers for all Occasions set. I die cut these and then ran them back through my machine to emboss the details. Before removing the flowers from the dies, I applied my Versamark Pen to the raised areas, then quickly removed each flower from the die, applied Silver Embossing Powder and heated to highlight the centre of the petals.
  • Butterfly - is also die cut from Centura Pearl Snow White Silver using a die from the Die'sire Essentials Beautiful Butterflies set. The silver accents were added exactly the same way as for the flowers.
  • Sentiment - comes from the Swirly String Sentiments set at Lili of the Valley. Again, this was stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed this using Silver Embossing Powder.

I hope that I've inspired you to have a go with this sketch but if you're in need of any further inspiration then please come over to Feeling Sketchy and have a peek at the fabby creations made by my clever teamies. Then come back and show us your take on our sketch - don't forget, you can change the shapes, rotate the sketch etc. ... we just need to be able to see that our sketch was the inspiration for your project! We'll be back with our next challenge on 15th July 2016.

I'm off to the Year 11 Prom this evening straight from school as our Staff Band is playing. But I'll be back in the morning to link up to these challenges:
  • Anything Goes with the Additional Topping of Birds, Bees or Butterflies at Seize the Birthday - I've got some butterflies and one bee on my project
  • Challenge #305 - Anything Goes at 4 Crafty Chicks
  • Challenge #148 - All about the Flowers at Creative Knockouts

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Hugs, Helen x

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Wedding Belle

Good evening crafty friends and I do hope that you haven't fallen off your chair with a second post from me in 2 days!

Whilst going through my computer files, I realised that I made this card a number of months ago but hadn't posted it. Never mind about my PHD in card making (projects half done), I think I definitely deserve a  FTBP (forgotten to blog projects!) ;o)!!!!!!! I was reminded of this card as a number of challenges have cropped up this week with wedding themes, so I thought it high time this card made an appearance!

This card was made to order, as one of my brothers had asked me to make a wedding card. He had been invited to an evening reception and knew that my cards would surpass anything he could purchase, and could I possibly do it in cream and purple as those were the colours of the invitation?

Well, how could I resist that challenge? So here's what I made for him:

My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card base - is Ivory Centura Pearl which I've cut, scored and folded to make a 6" square card base. 
  • Embossed layer - is another piece of Ivory Centura Pearl which I've embossed using my Embossalicious "Butterfly Love" embossing folder from the Sugar and Spice Range (sadly no longer available, but there are some other pretty folders still available if you click the link) and I've matted and layered this onto a piece of purple Core'dinations cardstock.
  • Image - was a freebie download from Issue 86 Papercraft Inspirations Magazine ... another one that appears to sadly be no longer available :( I've brought this tender moment to life using my Original Spectrum Noir Pencils in the listed colours before die cutting it using a Sizzix Ovals Framelits die
    • Bride's Hair - 015, 020, small gems from stash for a tiara
    • Dress - 082
    • Groom's Hair - 091, 095
    • Suit - 120
    • Skin - 004
    • Flowers - 082, small gems from stash
  • Sentiment - was part of the Issue 86 Papercraft Inspirations Magazine download. I recoloured this to purple in my word processing package before printing, and then used a Sizzix Fancy Labels Framelits die as a frame and coloured inside it using my Original Spectrum Noir Pencil in shade 082 which I burnished away from the edge. I drew round the outside of the die to get my label shape, which I then hand cut.

I was pretty chuffed with the way this card turned out, and I know that my brother was very pleased with it too!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Hope you have a lovely evening - maybe I'll get to writing up some more FTBP posts, or finish some PHDs!

Hugs, Helen x

Monday, 20 June 2016

Oh Baby!

Good morning friends and welcome to another week, here on Planet Earth! 

Can you believe that tomorrow is the Summer Solstice, and that from Wednesday the evenings will be drawing in! It doesn't even feel like we've had summer yet ... just a couple of really nice days, and then the rain set in again. Our garden's gone completely to pot as everything that usually flowers through late spring into summer seems to have already peaked, and has now gone to seed - I'm sure it's to do with the weather!

Anyway, it's new challenge time over at Incy Wincy Designs and this time we would like you to enter your projects that feature Buttons and Bows.

This week we have another new sponsor, and it's Elena from Just Me Digital Stamps who is offering this week's lucky winner a prize pack. Elena also very kindly gave each DT member their choice of image to showcase from her store so, without further ado, here is my card for you:

My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card Base - is a template by Sandra at Sandra's Scrapshop and it is #91 - Bow Card Template. I had seen this template on Jo's Blog and couldn't resist getting it for myself! After paying for the template, Sandra sent me all the .PDF files I needed to make this card. I printed the sections that needed to be on cardstock onto lightweight printer card, and then edge distressed them all with Mustard Seed Distress Ink.
  • Design Papers - are from the Rachelle Anne Miller Papercrafting Collection CD-Rom. The pretty hearts paper is on Disc 1 - Kids at Play and the lightly checked paper is on Disc 2 - Animal Adventures. Once my DP templates were printed, I ran these through my printer again to get the coloured DP onto each template. A slick of Mustard Seed Distress Ink round all the edges and I was ready to assemble the card!
  • Image - is the gorgeous Brand New Baby digi by Elena at Just Me Digital Stamps. This digi comes with the words "Brand New", "Boy", and "Girl" ready to stick onto the label. However, I've left mine blank for now as our neighbours are expecting the patter of tiny feet later in the year, hence the gender neutral card. I've brought this little bundle to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours before paper piecing the sling with the hearts paper and then fussy cutting it out.
    • Baby's Skin - FS2, FS4, FS3, FS9, TN4, FS8 
    • Baby's Hair - LY2, LY1, LY3
    • Baby's Sleepsuit & Bow - CR3, CR1
    • Inside Sling - LG1, LG3, LG5
  • Buttons - are from my stash

So, with 3 bows (2 making up the card and 1 on my image) and 2 buttons on my project, I think I've met the Buttons and Bows challenge! Please head over to Incy Wincy Designs and see the beautiful projects by my clever teamies, and make sure they've got both elements covered too! :o) !!!!! Then come back and show us your creations - we'll be back with our next challenge on 4th July 2016.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Hope you have a great week!

Hugs, Helen x

Friday, 17 June 2016

Time to Relax

Hello crafty friends!

Wow, what a week it's been weather wise ... scorching sunshine one minute, torrential downpours the next, flash floods and then a glorious evening once again! I'm not sure our weather station has picked up the correct rainfall records as youngest Bambino and I were in the car travelling to gymnastics during a thunder storm with hail, rivers running across the roads and a flood at the bottom of one hill! Fortunately I got her to gym OK, and came home via a different route to avoid the flood!

Father's Day has kind of crept up on me this year, so I've only managed a really quick card for my Dad, inspired by the current sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches:

My card recipe is as follows:
I have been inspired by and would like to enter the following challenge:
I would also like to enter the following challenges:
Hope you have a lovely evening!

Hugs, Helen x