Saturday, 27 August 2016

Christmas card

Hi Everyone, YEP! a Christmas card, but first I have to welcome my new followers, I hope you enjoy your stay with me, thank you for your interest in my work.

Now onto my card, I followed the Outlawz Sketch Challenge and after another search of my files to see what I had to fit in, I came across these papers and images from Aveziur on the Sept2012BlogHop at Digital Scrapbook Studio Designs and as I haven't done many Christmas cards, in fact I think it's 3 so far, I decided to do this card.

I laid it out in PS and printed the layers adding the check paper to black paper. I 3D'd the bunting and the Santa, added 2 die cut snowflakes by Die'sire, and added Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Wild Roses

Hi Everyone my offering today is the August FB group freebie at Morgan's Art World. Makes me think of the hedgerows where they are about to offer their Autumn fruit and the wild rose being one of them. It's also available HERE

I coloured it in PS then sent it over to the Cameo to cut it out in an oval, it was the wrong shape for my dies! I layered it onto card which had been embossed with Memory Keepers flower dies, they were stuck onto the background layer, a couple of gems and some Uniball gold pen into the centre of the flowers and it was done. Oh! yeah! it was that simple! apart from the colouring LOL.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Shaped card

Hi Everyone, my post today is of a shaped card, I had from Shirley's Cards HERE she gives lots of freebies away, but I bought this, I thought it so lovely and a nice size too 175mm  x 120 mm or 7 x 5ish inches closed. It was VERY easy to cut out, even for me with my very old mat and blade LOL. I decided to make it in white and add a little bling. It came with a birthday sentiment, but I added a 2 layer die cut, a sparkly net ribbon and mirror mosaic tiles.

So a simple card for me today, but I am pleased with it, next time a little colour as Shirley has done me thinks.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Bike thanks

Hi Everyone, well I think I am getting back to normal now after all that happened last week! who would think a few days away would cause so much upheaval in time?

My card today is for the Digistamps4joy FB progressive challenge. A really great image, that would have been wonderful for a scrapbook page IF! I had taken photos of all those wonderful wheat fields last week. Anyhow, I decided to make a tag card. I laid it out and coloured it in PS and sent it to the Cameo to cut. Then added a die cut bike free from a magazine last month which I coloured with SN markers, and a Die'sire thank you die. I added the bike, as I could see someone riding through the countryside alongside the fields, I'm such a romantic LOL.
August Vacations with die (I have 2)

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Murder Mystery & thank you card

Hi Everyone, I have so many apologies to give you all, the first the length of this post.

It was supposed to be a weekend, but has spread out, even though we returned on Tuesday. I suppose because we don't go away often, everyone has visited or phoned to checkup on us and find out what happened LOL, We haven't had time to breathe this week. I have only made one card, a thank you, for my SIL's Sister, who put on a real show, with a wonderful story and fabulous food and drink, then a tour around her newly bought and enlarged garden which also has a pond with carp in it, so big, they row a small boat on it!!!!

Anyhow, I shall give you a short version of what went on.

We were all dressed up in costume, mine was a T shirt with the Union Jack on the front, a red and white skirt and a navy blue scarf. Because I had to hide the fact I was actually half Spanish and to try and hide my identity. Hubby had a boiler suit on, as he was a volunteer worker on the "Railway Heritage Museum" site.

We all had names to match Trains, it was so clever the way she wrote it. We did have a laugh, there were GREAT actors amongst us, (including me of course!)

The name of the story was Blood and Custard, because the victim was murdered with a sharp blow to the back of the head and was discovered with his face down in a dish of custard.

We were each given a map of where everyone lived, and told times of when everyone was seen, a real who dun it!

My name was Mon O'Rail, I was married to an Irish man and had lived in Spain. Hubby was Beaux Fey-carr, A distinguished retired RAF Officer. I won't go through all the names but my most favourite was LĂ©val Xing, who had a French mother and Chinese father, so clever don't you think?

Anyhow, it turned out I was the murderer!!! The victim had deceived my husband and made him bankrupt, he was so stressed about it, he killed himself, and I was out for revenge!

If only it had been so simple, out of 9 present, 3 guessed it was me, I thought not too bad, I should have acted better perhaps LOL.  I also won the prize for the best reason to love trains! My reason was I was brought up with trains as my Grandfather was a train driver, 3 of my brothers were firemen on the Steam Trains and the memory of going through the Severn Tunnel (which at the time was the longest train tunnel in the UK) my baby brother and myself, would hang our heads out of the window of the carriage (watching for trains coming so we wouldn't be beheaded!) then my mother spitting on her handkerchief to clean our faces before we met family at the other end.

What would Health and Safety say about that these days? I told a friend and she was shocked that we would hold our heads out of the window and also found it "dirty" that Mum would do such a thing. To us it was natural! Ah! those were the days!

We were coming home on Monday, but my Bruvva and SIL persuaded us to stay another night. We had a wonderful time on Monday my elder brother took us around the Lincolnshire and Leicestershire countryside stopping off in a few places, the only thing was, I forgot my camera, we have taken a couple on our phones, but they are not good modern phones and not made for that. The countryside was full of wheat fields and of farmers with combine harvesters collecting in their harvest, just absolutely wonderful AND perfect weather too. There really were perfect pictures to be taken, I regret so much I didn't have my camera. If I get anything off the phones, I'll try and post some.

On Tuesday we travelled one and a half hours to Bury St Edmunds an historic town to see my Niece who broke her elbow, she can't move it or straighten it and it is still swollen and bruised after all this time. Poor woman.  We stayed a few hours and made our way home, it took 5 hours, but so worth seeing her and enjoying our longer than anticipated weekend.

I did get a few of the sunset on our journey home, they also include all the insects on the car window!

I suspect you are thinking is she EVER going to shut up and show us what we came here for! I know another apology hang head in shame!

 If you are still with me - on to the card.

I searched for detective etc in my files and found these beauties I had used them here, they are paper pieced and coloured in PS. I fussy cut the images, 3D'd them, added 3D gloss to the binoculars and magnifying glass and followed the Outlawz Challenge sketch for this week.

Images My Cute Graphics 
Background brick paper Bearly Mine Designs,
Magnifying glass KAagard
Grass  Snickerdoodle
Note pad and pencil My Cute Graphics
Cat Nibbles Scribbles
The main background paper I made myself, to represent the murder mystery. 

Outlawz Sketch Challenge Anything Goes Anything Goes

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Shaving foam technique

Hi Everyone, the Male Room challenge today is

Yep! the title is correct,  "I" have done a "technique" it was with huge trepidation that I took all the equipment needed, an old cooking sponge tray covered with foil, a couple of plastic gloves, hubby's shaving cream and some Adirondack inks, that I have had for years and years and not opened them AND a BBQ skewer! with NOT a computer in sight! (until the inside was printed.)

Squirt the foam, nice smell! add a few drops of the ink, not too much it may be too much! mix with BBQ skewer, OK that's enough, press the card into it, lift it off the foam, crikey!

OK now let it rest for a few minutes, then wipe the foam off. Mmmmmm looks OK, but not much colour, let's do it again - add some more colour, repeat previous steps. Mmmmm not as good as the video samples on The Male Room. Now what to do with it or even them?

This took more thinking than it did to colour the card. I used the lighter colour piece as the background layer and started with an embossing basket weave EF! Then die cut the circle, 3D the card onto some blue paper to match, added the sentiment, which I die cut twice out of the heavier ink card, a few tiny buttons that just happened to match, how lucky is that? Here's the result

I've also added piccies of the card, just to prove I did something so VERY alien to me AND have to say, the card smells gorgeous LOL.

Dies by Tonic
EF Crafters Companion basket weave Textures
Blue hessian from The Works.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

100th birthday

Hi Everyone, a 100th birthday card today and apologies from me, because we are going away for a few days and away from my PC, so no comments or visits from me to you. We are going to a "Murder Weekend" my SIL's Sister has written it and it's based around a Railway Station and in the 1930's, should be interesting, we haven't done anything like that before. Will let you know how it goes.

Anyway back to my card. Another SIL asked if I would make it for a friend of hers. She had seen the one I had done recently HERE and asked if I could do similar. Here it is, with the inside.

I designed the card and the insert in Photoshop.  I cut the image, the flowers, the age and the lace doing print and cut on the Cameo for the front, then layered everything. I added silver Uniball pen onto the flower stamen, the headdress , the lace and drew lines across the lined paper.

 All images from this kit by Valentina at Digital Scrapbooink Studio.