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Saturday, 28 July 2012

Allsorts DT #165 Case It

Morning everyone,
I hope everybody's been enjoying the glorious weather we've had this week in the uk, we've certainly made the most of it. Hubby's been off work and first week of the school hols has seen us here, there and everywhere. I'm ready for a rest lol! Tuesday we visited Woburn Safari Park and it never disappoints, as there is so much to see and do, Thursday we hired a boat on the Norfolk Broads and had a very relaxing day stopping off for a BBQ half way. Yesterday we indulged ourselves at Cadbury World and got lost on the way out of Birmingham lol! We took the sat nav but it ran out of charge when we got there and thought we could navigate our way out without it.....we bought a map, a replacement sat nav car charger and went miles out our way to finally arrive home four and a half hours later. Needless to say, while Neil's at work for the next three weeks, the kids and I will be staying close to home lol! 
Anywho, another sunny Saturday and a new 
 challenge, brought to you by our lovely Emma, who has set a 
Case It
 challenge for us all. 
I used Go Kreate shaped card die for the base of my card, drawing round the inner edge of the die on Magnolia's Scandanavian maps paper for my paper layer. The strip across the bottom is made up of nitwit pale blue paper cut into 'waves' using TH scrollwork, a thick band of lace and SU linen thread holding a shell charm and a small decorative shell. My Winner Takes All Swimming Tilda is coloured using DI's, framed with nesties lacey circles and layered on top of cheesecloth. The seaweed was cut from paper scraps with nesties foliage. All the bubbles on the image are pearls and I used glossy accents on Tildas snorkel mask - the reason for the second photo but it doesn't show up (as usual!)

Challenges I would love to enter:
Tildas Town - Name your technique (Diecutting and distressing)

This is the card that Emma wants us to case and I followed her design as a sketch, the only thing I didn't add was a sentiment as I don't know what to use the card for yet.

Please scroll down for my vintage scrapbook hanger for the current Fussy and Fancy challenge which started yesterday.
Thanks for visiting today, your comments are what keep me going at the moment. 
I hope you can join us at Allsorts this week, pop over to the main challenge blog to check out all the gorgeous DT inspiration that my teamies have made. We have to bid a fond farewell to our wonderful teamie Fleur and give a massive welcome to our two newest members, Sarah and Tracey, so lots of news for you all this week!
Have a brilliant weekend and see you next week for my hosted week at Allsorts

Friday, 27 July 2012

Vintage with distressing and lace at Fussy and Fancy

Morning everyone,
A quick post from me today as we are taking the kids to Cadbury World today (yummy, my fave place lol!, well the school hols have to be fun for parents too :)
Today also sees the start of a fab new challenge over at 

 which this fortnight is 

Vintage with Distressing and Lace.

 I love this kind of theme and I had a particular photo in mind when designing this creation, it is of my mum when she was about four years old in 1940. I kept the colours fairly neutral in keeping with the photo and the panel to the right of the photo is for journalling as I wanted my wall hanging to have the feel of a scrapbook page.
It is currently hanging next to my card making station but I may 'borrow' the hanger to photo future projects as I love it so much!
I tied a lace bow around the hanger but it doesn't show up very well on the piccie. I layered a couple of pieces of torn Prima nature garden papers on a Go Kreate frilly #10 cut piece of Kraft. To the papers I added Magnolia Tildas lace doohickey and wrapped lace around this base. I mounted the photo on the same cardstock as used for the doohickey lace and added cheesecloth and TH dividers die cut from more Kraft underneath. More doohickeys: Tildas ticket and lovely fence were cut out of Kraft as further embellishment. A few flowers, gems, a heart charm and a TH hinge clip completes my scrapbook hanger.

A slightly closer look:

As you can tell I was pleased with the finished result and I even did a quirky shot as I loved taking photos of it. If you know me, this doesn't happen very often, as I don't like taking loads of photos and my mojo has been on the back burner for a while. Hopefully this was just the challenge to perk me up and inspire me to be more creative.

Thanks for popping by today and leaving me such inspiring comments. I hope you have as much fun as I did with this challenge, you will find loads of wonderful DT inspiration over at Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge blog to help get you started!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Distressing for Allsorts DT #164

Morning all,
Hooray, it's finally the summer holidays, school's out and my time's my own again! I'm hoping that things will be different in September as I've finished my stint as chairperson and although I will be working at the preschool as a relief assistant, I should have more time to help out at school too which is more where I want to be in a years time. With no extra work as chairperson, this should leave me a lot less stressed! It was a very emotional day yesterday as it was Jasmine's leaving party at preschool and as she is my youngest I was sad to think that I wont have any more children going there. It's the end of having preschool children in the family and I shall miss that part of my life but I have to look forward to all three of them now being in one place and not coming and going between two settings.
Anywho, that's enough of my sentimental ramblings, I hope to be able to put in some serious crafting time this summer and do extra projects as I've been struggling just to do my DT work lately and I haven't done as many 3D makes as I usually do. That said, this week's 
DT make is a card! Following my best crafting buddy Fleur's fab theme of 
 I made a birthday card for my SIL, using the beautiful engraved flowers stamp from our new sponsor Flonzcraft.

Using my Go Kreate shaped card die I layered white cardstock with Nitwits paper (love this colour :))
I tucked TH On the edge Butterflight in between these layers. Next layer is a very distressed Spellbinders nestie labels twenty two. I made the tag using Sizzix tags die, brayered it with DI's Wild honey and Forest moss and then used the forest moss again on my SU rollaround wheel for the background swirls. Stamped the image on the top of all that and added some ribbon and gems before adding it to my card on top of some cheesecloth. Stamped the SU birthday circular stamp twice and layered the centre of the bolder of the two using a complimentary coloured paper. I finished it off with some white TH flower ribbon, inked all the edges  and made a few tears here and there.

Hope you are inspired to join us at Allsorts this week with your distressed work, thanks for stopping by today and I must apologise for my absence around blogland I'm hoping this improves now I've got a bit more free time lol! as I love to see the diversity of everyone's masterpieces.
Have a wonderful weekend and see you next Friday (if not before) for my latest Fussy and Fancy DT creation!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Allsorts challenge for the DT

Morning blogland,
Sorry this post is a bit late, busy as ever and simply can't wait for the school hols to begin! This week over at Allsorts,
 the lovely Brenda set us a
 DT challenge,
 providing us each with a kit to work our magic on and come up with something based on our individual style. I have to say, the challenges just get better and better and I've really been looking forward to this for a while! 
This is what I came up with, and I apologise in advance for the poor photo quality but I lost my camera this week and had to use my phone, hence they are a little out of focus!

This is the outside of the card

and this is what's inside:
I kept it fairly plain at the sides to write a message and I free hand doodled on the bird in gold gel pen.
The idea behind the card is that the empty birdcage on the front breaks open when you untie the ribbon, to reveal inside the card that Tilda has magically freed the bird with a flourish of magic stars!

This kit generously provided by Brenda (papers varied)

Magnolia Tilda catching stars coloured in DI's (mainly old paper and vintage photo)
Magnolia Tildas lace border and peony petal doohickeys
Go Kreate die to shape the top front of the card
WOC flowers
SU Circle of Friendship stamp

Thanks for visiting me today, hope you find inspiration from the DT cards over at Allsorts this week and I will be back next Saturday for more Allsorts fun!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Allsorts DT #162 - Red,White and Blue

Hi everyone,
Are you all ready for another 
 challenge? This week our lovely host is Debs bringing you the very patriotic theme of 
Red, White and Blue!
 Of course you can interpret this colour combo any way you wish, as the DT team have proved, there doesn't have to be a nation's flag in sight. I must confess a small Union flag did creep into my design but it just went with the whole theme. My little PB torch bearer mouse reminded me of last Wednesday when I took my children to see the Olympic flame pass through our town - such an amazing experience and I was so glad I was there, the atmosphere was fantastic and I took some video of the procession as a keepsake for my family. It was definitely one of those key moments in life for my kids to look back on in years to come :)
Anyway here's my card:

Tildas ticket and bunting flag were run through the bigshot with an inked up embossing folder.
I cut the Go Kreate background shape out of three different papers and tore into strips before putting back together randomly.

Penny Black 'Love London' torch bearer mouse coloured in DI's
Spellbinders nestie lacey circle
Go Kreate background shape
DooHickey Tildas Ticket, flag and so wrapped swirly tag
Marianne creatable rolled flowers

Thanks for popping by today and for any comments you may leave, hope you find inspiration in what I made! If you have time it's always worth taking a look at the other DT inspiration over at Allsorts and maybe joining in.....we love to see what you come up with.
Have a wonderful weekend and I will be back next week for more Allsorts fun.

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