Saturday, 27 February 2010

Cute Card Thursday Challenge - Ribbontastic

Haven't posted a card for almost a week - it's been one of those weeks where i've had ideas in my head but no motivation to sit down and actually craft...!! So today I've made 2 for Mother's Day.

I thought I'd post a picture of one of them cos I absolutely love it, the colours are really fresh and spring like and I'm pleased with how my rosette has turned out..! And hopefully it fits with the challenge over at Cute Card Thursday which this week is Ribbontastic...

  • Cardstock - Bazzill Card (I think it's either Lemonade or Sunbeam yellow and Limeade)
  • Image - This was part of a 2010 Eeyore calendar I bought for half price after Crimbo and definitely think the rest of it will be put to good use as the images are sooo cute.
  • Brads - Dovecraft Designer Brads - Pastels
  • Sentiment - PC Generated
  • Rosette - Handmade by myself - used some yellow ribbon from our local craft shop, folded it over and glued the ends, stuck them around the petals. Cut a yellow circle slightly bigger than the sentiment and hey presto..! I think it's turned out really well.
I have to say that I am really happy with this card and it'll go down as one of my favs so far.

Tracy xx

little miss cutie ....

Hello hello well i havent made much cards this week as i have been busy crochet flowers and butterflies and fancy edging for me and my pal tracy so that we can use them on our cards, and i have been searching for other things to make for embellishments to save on cash because we like to save on the pennies ... as you are aware this hobbie is too darn expensive with all the lovely craty bits out there its putting an hole in my purse...or should i say card heres the little minx i made with just a little bit of the crochet that i have done...i have used

  • papermaina regency pad
  • magnolia stamp
  • prisma pencils
  • vintage sepia versafine ink
  • lace ribbon from our local market
  • flowers ,charms , pearls ...ebay
  • crochet border and flower handmade by me

Im going to do some more crocheting tonight might make some leaves and look for a pattern for some little ladybirds ....its been nice doing a bit of crocheting i havent been doing any for a while... always busy doing other stuff its a shame beacause its another hobby that i love and to put it in my other hobbie well thats just a bonus .

x ann-marie

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

just a quick one ...

well i think im getting the hang of doing easel cards now so i think im going to try another style of card now
  • stamp magnolia
  • gingham papers are papermania -sweet nothings-
  • prisma pencils
  • ribbons, lace, flowers, gems,brads, are from my ever amounting stash
  • sentiment i dont know the name of the stamp
  • i have also used diamond stickles on the rain drops but you cant see them

I quiet like this card beacuse of the fresh colour combination just hate my camera wish i had a top of the range or some tips on how to get a good pic.

ann-marie xx

loving summer driggs download papers

Well i gotta say I totally love summer driggs papers and im sure you will be seeing a lot more on our blog.
I have used the awareness kit ..this is a card for a friend which is similar to the lemon and blue one i did but she loved it so i had to recreate another for her daughter the verse and name are computer generated and i have used my prisma pencils again..I have also inked the edges in memento angel pink.
My friend has'nt seen it yet so i hope she likes it she did say she wanted somthing really girly and pink so i hope i have manage to do that.

I think tonight im going to finish doin my crochet butterflies and watch being human on i player I dont get to watch it on a sunday night as I work while late but not for long as of next week its my last weekend shifts so I get them back and I cant wait because its been a while we can be a family again at the weekends ...and I cant wait to do lots of crafty shopping with my mate tracy which im sure she is looking forward to too .
ta ta for now xx ann-marie xx

Monday, 22 February 2010

Money/Gift Voucher Holder Card

First day back at work after a week off and it feels like I've not been off......! It was slightly strange though as someone pointed out that I've only got 12 working days left at work... My boss wants to get himself organised before I leave so I've got a huge task ahead of me for the next 3 weeks..... LOL I reckon he just wants to make my last few weeks memorable...hehehe

Anyway I thought I'd share another card I made yesterday. Thought I'd try something a bit different and I made a card with a pocket in the front for a voucher/money gift. The bog standard cards you get with your vouchers are always plain and boring, so this it makes it a bit different from the rest.

  • Paper - Gratitude by Summer Driggs - if you haven't checked out her free kits, you should take a look, they are gorgeous!
  • Cardstock - From stash (think we bought these from a local craft shop a while ago)
  • Image - Holly & Madison digi download from Charmed Cards & Crafts - I like this image, she's perfect for a teen (who isn't in to cutesy images!). I've coloured her with my prisma pencils and used sansodor and blending stumps.
  • Buttons - From stash and I can't remember where there are from!
  • Sentiment - Forever Friends stamp set (which was free with Do Crafts Magazine)

I've inked the edges with a brown Ink It Up pad and punched two flowers out with an X Cut flower punch for the inside and the pearls are from Hobbycraft.

I didn't want to stick flowers all over (as much as I love them) as they aren't to everyones taste and I think it doesn't really need any to be honest.

So back to more crafting, I've been asked to make a few Mother's Day cards to take in to work cos the guys reckon it'll be easier than going to the shops to choose one..!

Tracy xx

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Dare U 2 Digi Stamp Friday Challenge - Punches

OMG we've woken up to several more inches of blooming snow..... Will Spring ever come??

Just thought I'd pop on and post a card I made last night and whilst mooching through the card challenges, I've found that it fits the challenge over at Dare U 2 Digi Stamp this week, which is to use your PUNCHES........ And of course you have to include a digi stamp.

  • Papers - My Minds Eye - Pretty Please (which were free with a craft mag!)
  • Image - Holly & Madison - Charmed Cards & Crafts coloured with prisma pencils (not really visible)
  • Flowers - Punched using X Cut flower punch
  • Pearl Brads - Papermania (bought from Range)
  • Sentiment - Not sure what brand the Shop till You Drop one is but the Best Wishes is from Personal Impressions.

Tracy xx

Friday, 19 February 2010

Cute Card Thursday

So it's almost the end of half term week and all the stress of early mornings and getting ready for school and works starts again on Monday morning..... Altho I'm now on the big countdown to leaving work and being a stay at home Mummy.... 3 Weeks and counting WOOOHOOO... lol Can you tell I'm looking forward to it??

We've been to the pictures today to see Percy Jackson and we really really enjoyed it, it's not quite as fab as Harry Potter but it was definitely good and something the boys want to get on DVD when it comes out.

So my big question today is "why is it you can't remember half of what you have in your crafty stash when you need a bit of inspiration... but then remember when you are lying in bed trying to get to sleep..??!" As shattered as I was last night, I laid awake for ages randomly remembering things in my stash that i'd almost forgotten about and then laid there thinking about things to make with it..... I'm sure I can't be the only person this happens to.

One of the things I was thinking about last night was trying to do a bit of distressing round the edges and I had a certain colour combo in mind and when the boys went off to bed, I thought I'd give it a go - I actually like how it looks and think the stickles round the edge just give it a little something (altho you can only just tell it's sparkly - as my camera really is pants...).

It hasn't picked up the colouring that well either and I'm really disappointed it's not really visible. Oh well something else to add to the wish list, either that or we need a friend who has a decent camera that we can borrow to take pictures.

Anyway here is tonight's creation. And it fits in with the Challenge at Cute Card Thursday - their requirement is to include something metal and that's where my butterfly comes in....

  • Burgundy cardstock - Stash
  • Wild Asparagus Paper - My Minds Eye
  • Lace - Local market
  • Swirls - Just seen under flowers - Cuttlebug Die Cut
  • Metal Butterfly - Ann-marie's stash (we share everything it all....)
  • Swizzels - Just seen on flowers, these are made using the stems from the flowers and spun round a paintbrush - thanks to Jane at Janeslovelycards for telling me how she did hers..

Tracy xx

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Simon says Happy Hello Hop AND Recipe Challenge


And what a miserable dull day it is - perfect excuse for more crafting me thinks....! LOL

So another first, I've created a card to enter in to the Simon says Happy Hello Hop AND Recipe Challenge :-). The rules are to create a card from their "recipe" which consists of:


2 PATTERNED PAPERS you can also use coordinating cardstock :-)


You also have to bloghop to each and everyone of their design teams blogs to have a look at their gorgeous creations and find a mystery letter on each blog. Then when you've bloghopped them all you have to unscramble all the letters then post a comment on Simonsaysstamp's blog with your answer and then link to your card.

So for my entry i've made this card (my camera is really pants and the pictures don't look that

So my 2 patterned papers are:

  • Wild Asparagus from My Minds Eye - I love the vintageness of this paper
  • And i've used Pink Bazzill card

My 3 types of embellisment are:

  • Flowers - I made these myself (and i'm quite proud of myself... lol). I bought a pack of craft stuff from Poundland and it had some small sheets of different coloured papers (kind of a handmade feel to it) so I cut it in to different size circles, sat for ages scrunching it up and it actually moulds really well and then I just stuck it all together.

  • Buttons - These are from stash (raided my mums button box...)

  • Pearls - The small ones are from Ebay and the bigger ones are from Hobbycraft
The image is:

  • Tilda and she's from the Winter Stamp Club Kit - I've coloured her with my prisma pencils and used sansodor but again the camera doesn't pick it up very good and it looks like part of it isn't coloured....
I've used my Martha Stewart Punch and stuck some of the hearts to the edge and I've inked the pink border with a pink Ink it up pad and used the same ink to stamp the sentiment.

So that's it for the this entry and fingers crossed it qualifies.....

Tracy xxx

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Another sarah kay ........

Well i did another i just love these little girls and the papers & stickers that are from october afternoon they are called Farm fresh... ribbon & paper and flowers are from my stash i cant remember where i got them from ....i have stitched the buttons onto flowers and i have inked all my edges in versafine satin red & tattered rose tim holtz distress ink .
well thats it for me im going to tidy my mess up and boy do i make a mess i try to keep organised but it just gets chucked in any tub then i cant find anything and it takes me ages to mooch through my stuff when i need to make a card, but hopefully my husbad can sort out my storage with his handy diy skills which he has already made a start on and hopfully will get finished soon .
bye for now xxx ann-marie

my first sarah kay card...

Here is my first sarah kay card that i did and my first easle card which i really enjoyed doing im sure theres going to be a lot more showing on here because me and tracy love them takes us back to when we were wee little kiddies ( that does make us sound old...sorry tracy), i really enjoy using prisma pencils with lots and lots of practice and i will have cracked how to use them i hope. really need to know how to get a better pic of them it doesnt do the card justice.
heres what i used on my card
  • paper: papermania bluberry hill
  • sarah kay
  • flowers : wild orhcid crafts
  • ribbon: my stash
  • friskars lace border punch
  • pearls
well i think im gonna go and make a card while the its quiet in my house and the kids are enjoying a peaceful school holiday...or i might sort my ribbon box its a bit of a tangle at the moment ...yep im going to do that!!! wish me luck xxx ann-marie

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

my first upload too ....

Well this is a bit nerve racking but here the other of the two crafty Ann-marie and this is my first upload i have used
  • paper & sentiment: is from summer driggs freebie downloads it is the gratitude kit
  • flowers : stash what tracy give me and from orchid crafts
  • oak leafs are cuttlebug die
  • flat back pearls are from my mate tracy which i believe she gets from ebay (addict she is) and we share everthing almost!!!!
  • the image is coloured in prismas and sansador and with the use paper stump

well that wasnt too bad i will look forward to posting the next one ta ta for now .

First Card - Uploaded

So again something completely new to us, uploading photos of cards that we've created... Well here goes......

I love Sarah Kay images as much as Tilda, there is something very nostalgic about the images, they take me back to my childhood and yes I can remember that far back.....!! LOL


Paper - Can't remember
Image - Sarah Kay
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts, Samual Taylor & Craft Caddy (Castleford)
Embellishments - Pearl hearts from Ebay, Flatback pearls from Hobbycraft
Sentiment Stamp - From a Personal Impressions Clear Stamp set, stamped with an olive green Ink it Up ink pad.

I've inked round the edges with the same green as the sentiment is stamped in (you'll probably see quite a few cards with this colour as i've got a bit of a "thing" about it at the moment!) LOL I've coloured her with prisma pencils. I'm still learning colouring techniques, but i'm quite happy with how she looks.

Thanks for looking

Tracy x

YAY - First Post....

Well after lots of toing and froing and trying to figure out how to create a blog, i've hopefully sussed out the basics and thought i'd post a quick message to make sure it works...!!