Friday, 27 April 2012

In Stitches

Hello - well its friday again and there is a new challenge over at The Glitter Geeks.  This weeks challenge is to create something with stitches on it and they can be real or faux.  Here is my DT card:

As you might me see I have done some faux stitching on the handbag topper and on both the backing paper and sentiment.  I love the stitched look on cards and I often use it to finish off around the edges.  The papers I have used are from Polka Doodles Paper Boutique and have finished off the bag with a Stampin Up flourish.

Hope you like it :) - thanks for looking.

Vanessa x

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Funky Hand DT Call!! Worth a try!!

Well I have just seen the most exciting opportunity over on Anice's blog Funky Hand Thoughts!!  Anice is looking for new members for the Get Funky DT.  I have seen a few calls for their design team but I have never had the courage to apply, but I have now decided to give it a go - got to be in it to win it :)  To enter Anice has asked to post photo's of cards/crafty makes that I am most proud of and that show of what I can do - so here goes:

As you can see - my style is plain and simple with not very much in the way of embellishments.  I like clean lines and for the papers and stamp to be the things that stand out about my card.  Also I have tried going down the lots of embellishment route and I never seem to get it right!  I do like to try different techniques and mediums, but stamping whether digital or rubber is my first love and I always go back to it.

I know that this is not papercrafting but I am very proud of it :) I took up crochet just over a year ago and am hooked (pardon the pun)

Well I hope that the photo's above are enough to show Anice what I can do.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  Thanks for taking the time to read this.  Vanessa x

Friday, 20 April 2012

Red and White

Good morning!  Can't believe its friday already :) this week has gone so quickly.  I have been rushing around trying to get my house in order as we are trying to get our house ready for selling.  We are rapidly outgrowing it and are in need of a little more space, and a room each for the not so little ones :D.

 I was so busy I almost forgot to make my DT card for this weeks challenge over at the Glitter Geeks Challenge Blog - but I managed and got it posted in the nick of time and here it is:

This weeks challenge is sponsored by the fabulous Octopode Factory and I really enjoyed working with the images - sooo much fun.  This is an ATC and I have used the direct to paper technique.  I decided to make a couple of ATC's with the theme of out on the town.  Here is the second one:

As you can see I still have not got the hang of colouring hair, but I think I am slowly getting better.  As they say practise, practise, practise - well if I must :D

I have decided as this fits with the current Blog challange over at Polka Doodles which is to make a card with red and white and to use a stamp from your stash - that I will have a go!!
Thanks very much for stopping by and taking the time to read my rambling.  Hope you have a lovely weekend.  TTFN xx

Friday, 13 April 2012

Getting all Nautical!

Hi there - just a quick post to let you know about the current challenge over at Glitter Geeks Blog the theme this week is anything nautical - here is my DT card:

I say card, but its actually an ATC!  I have never really thought about making them before but the lovely Lisa Mason  (her work is fantastic - I will link her blog soon) posted an ATC swap in a FB group that I am in and I had a go now I am hooked! 

I have made lots more and will post some pictures soon, but its time for tea so I better go and feed my hoard :D - thanks for reading and please take a look over on the Glitter Geeks blog and join in with the challenge.  TTFN xx

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Easter Holidays

It always surprises me how quickly time seems to pass these days.  I promised to come back to tell you all about my trip to the GNPE in Harrogate but it seems to have passed me by again!!  Kids are off for the easter holidays so trying to keep them entertained is taking up more time too, also the long lie in's while nice, are eating into my day!!  Must do better at getting up when the alarm goes off :D.

Now on to all things crafty.  Well the trip to Harrogate - we had a lovely trip down courtesy of the lovely Tracy and we stopped in at Tebay services on the way for yummy coffee and cake, this travelling is hard work you know :D.  We did oooohh and aahhh over all the lovely villages we passed through when we came off the motorway and into yorkshire.  It is such a lovely part of the country.  I was lucky enough to live in Leeds for 5 years and loved every minute of it.  The people are lovely and the countryside is too. 
Anyhooo we arrived at tea time at a lovely hotel just in time to drop our bags off and go down to the bar for a wee (ok large!!) glass of wine and then on to a scrumptious tea - Starter of whole Camembert with crusty bread to dip into it, followed by garlic king prawns on crusty bread (I like my bread).  It was delish..... After tea we made out way to the bar and there was lots of chat, mainly me as I had a few to many to drink (apologies ladies).

Due to the copious amount of wine I had drunk I fell asleep very, much to my room mates disgust as I was snoring very loudly :(Sorry Gill) but in my defence and much to her delight (but only as I woke up) I woke up at 5am due to pain as I had developed a very bad dose of tonsillitis :( I took some painkillers and had a warm cuppa and eventually fell back asleep, but the rest of the trip was a bit of a wash out as I really was not well :( I was living between painkillers.  But despite being poorly we made it to the GNPE and had a lovely few hours wandering around the various stalls and spending a little bit of cash.  Here is what I bought:

The K and Co kit was a real bargain and I have been tempted to buy the papers on a few occasions :) the usual stamps (as I am addicted) and some marino wool tops for my needle felting.

To be honest we did not stay as long as we could have, but I think Tracy and Gill could see I was struggling and we cut the trip a little short - sorry girls hopefully we can do it again sometime xx

With some of the papers from the K and  Co kit I made my DT card for the April Fools/Humour theme and you can see that below with the House Mouse image.  Last weeks challenge was to make something which represented easter.  I am not a religious person and do not send easter cards, however I set myself a challenge to make a card with an egg shape in it and this is what I came up with:

I cut an egg shape out of a bit of copy paper and inked through the aperture and then stamped through it too.  All the stamps come from Stampin Up.  I was quite pleased with the result, however my OH decided that the egg shape could have been better :D

Well I think this is a long enough post for just now - I will be back later to show you my DT card for the next Glitter Geeks challenge.  TTFN and thanks for reading - Vanessa x