Monday, 28 February 2011

We're all at sea at Cards for Men...

It's time for a brand new challenge at Cards for Men and we have a fab theme for you to follow 'WATER' (n.b. card must be for a male). Our sponsor this time is the wonderful Hope Jacare and the prize is 3 Hope Jacare digital images!


Claire, the lovely owner of Doodles by Hope Jacare has this to say: "I'm a SAHM with three young children. I trained in Textile Design at the Glasgow School of Art and I love all things handmade, but especially papercrafts. I love to doodle ... and my doodles are available to purchase as digital images through Stitchy Bear Stamps."

Please pop over to the CFM challenge blog to check out the details of our new challenge. As always the DT have made some wonderful cards, please do pop across and have a peek and have a go at the challenge while you're there. So onto my DT card, I used a gorgeous image called Trevor Turtle designed by Hope Jacare available here. I absolutely love the expression on this lil guys face, looks like he hasn't a care in the word and imagine him floating away in a lovely warm sea somewhere hot...


Supplies:
Image - Trevor Turtle by Hope Jacare from Stitchy Bear Stamps coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - generated on PC
Papers - Blueberry Pie by Papermania
Button - stash
Bakers Twine - Crafty Emma's Store
Pearls - The Hobby House
Tools - Circle Nesties, scissors for distressing

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Coffee with Cream Anyone???

I've made this card for a very good friend of mine to let her know I am thinking of her. I followed the theme set at Simon Says Stamp and have used the theme for my colour scheme, image and contents of my card! I've distressed my papers to within an inch of their lives.

On the inside I made a pocket to slip in a pack of Starbucks coffee sachets, tied with some coffee themed ribbon from Crafty Ribbons...

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz - Friendship
Simon Says Stamp - Coffee & Cream

Supplies:
Cardstock - Bazzill kraft
Papers - Sparkling Spring by Prima from Quixotic Paperie
Image - Willow With Hot Chocolate from Whiff of Joy coloured with Promarkers
Flowers - mixture of candy win from the lovely Bev and Crafty Emma's Store; mini cones nicked from Center Parcs (yep I'm still using them!)
Ribbons - brown from my lovely friend Jennie; coffee cotton ribbon from Crafty Ribbons; cream raffia from stash (had this for AGES!)
Ticket - Tim Holtz from Crafty Emma's Store
Doily - Joanna Sheen
Pearls - The Hobby House
Coffee - Tesco ;-)
Tools - oval and scallop oval Nesties, scissors for distressing

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Where Is Spring...?

The weather this last week has been pretty poor so I thought I'd make a few cards with Spring in mind in the hope that Spring will hurry up and get here soon!

The first is very pink and girly and I really quite like it. I used a 5x5 card blank which is smaller than I usually use but better suited the small image.

I have decorated the inside of my card in co-ordinating papers...



Supplies:
Image - Garden Friends clear stamp set by Penny Black coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Sparkling Spring by Prima from Dies To Die For
Flowers - Crafty Emma's Store and Wild Orchid Crafts
Seam binding - Crafty Ribbons
Pearls - The Glitter Pot
Tools - Labels One nesties, Martha Stewart butterfly punch

The second is a cutesy Easter card. I love the little chicks and the Prima papers.


Supplies:
Image - Garden Friends clear stamp set by Penny Black coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Celebrate with Jack & Jill by Prima from Crafty Emma's Store
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Flowers - Dies To Die For
Seam binding - Crafty Ribbons
Pearls - The Glitter Pot
Gem brads - American Crafts
Tools - Oval and scallop oval nesties


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - At The Bottom Of My Garden...

Supplies:
Image - Garden Friends clear stamp set by Penny Black coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Minuet by Memory Box from Quixotic Paperie
Flowers - Dies To Die For
Seam binding - Crafty Ribbons
Pearls - The Glitter Pot
Buttons - Papermania Capsule Collection
Tools - Deckle edge Nestie, scissors for distressing

This was a quick and easy boy card for a party Jack is going to today. I made 2 of these cards as he has another party next week.


Supplies:
Image - Sporty Boys die cut square from Lili of the Valley
Papers - Back to Basics II by Dovecraft from Crafty Emma's Store
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Buttons - Crafty Emma's Store threaded with a bit of embroidery floss
Tools - Circle & scallop circle Nesties, scissors for distressing

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Candy Winner

The winner of my seam binding candy is...drum roll please...number 12 (chosen by Random Org)..that's you Shirley Chalmers. Congratulations Shirley!

Shirley please email me - sarahmclaughlin888@o2.co.uk x

Big thanks to Ali at Crafty Ribbons for sponsoring my candy x

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Blog Candy!

Hello, I thought it was about time I gave away a little candy on my blog. I am in love with seam binding at the moment so I ordered some from Crafty Ribbons for me and some extra to give away here. Crafty Ribbons have 124 colours in stock (yep I did say 124!) and charge only £1 for 5 metres. Crafty Ribbons have a special offer running at the moment, order 6 packs and they will only charge you for 5, how fab is that! Crafty Ribbons have been very kind and given me some extra seam binding to add to my candy so I have 9 different colours - that's 45 metres of beautiful binding! Thank you so much Ali at Crafty Ribbons x
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My very simple rules:
My candy is for followers only.
Please pop your details in Mr Linky below and leave me a comment.
Please pop a link to my candy on your blog.
Please play fair and only enter once.

The candy will run from today through to 22nd February and I will announce the winner on the 23rd.

Good luck x

Enter here:

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Blog Candy Reminder!


Just a note to remind you to enter my blog candy here, I have 45 metres of seam binding to giveaway to one lucky person. Candy ends 22nd Feburary so be quick!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

It's sketch time at Craft Your Days Away...

Good morning, it's time for challenge number 14 at CYDA. We have a fabulous challenge for you chosen by our lovely team leader Joanne. Our challenge theme this time is to use the sketch below...


We are being sponsored by the fabulous Crafty Emma's Store, anyone who is a regular visitor to my blog knows I shop here quite a bit ;-)


Please do come and join in the fun and check out the gorgeous creations made by my lovely team mates. So onto my DT card, I decided to make a girly card using some gorgeous new papers and a new Tilda stamp. I have made the ribbon and bow effect using a strip of paper; to make the bow I curled the paper with some scissors before securing it in place so I had nice curves to the bow. Hope you like it.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz - Spring has Sprung
Fab n Funky - Make Your Own (ribbon & bow embellie)
Sarah Hurley - Food & Drink (cupcakes on the paper & I think Tilda may be carrying one in that lil box!)
Supplies:
Image - Tilda with a small gift coloured with Promarkers
Paper - Tea House by Dovecraft from Crafty Emma's Store (72 sheets for £3.99!)
Blue cardstock - Bazzill
Flowers - Crafty Emma's Store and Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls - The Hobby House
Tools - Deckle Edge Nesties, Cystal Stickles (lots of it!)

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

My first spring-time card of 2011


I can't wait for Spring, I really can't. I love the slightly chilly mornings with the bright blue sky, long walks in the woods looking at all the new growth on the trees... And of course there's Easter, who doesn't like Easter!

I have made this card with a new Bildmalarna stamp I bought recently from Dies to Die for. I absolutely love it, the lil bears are soooo cute. I have used some of the fab seam binding now available at Crafty Ribbons. I have scrunched it up before using to give it an aged look.
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If you haven't already please do enter my candy here, I have 45 metres of seam binding to giveaway!
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I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
MSE Scatty Jan Bingo challenge - yellow, punch (I've used a die hope that's ok) and flowers
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Supplies:
Image - Sweet Climbers by Bildmalarna from Dies to Die For
Papers - Sparkling Spring by Prima from Dies to Die For
Buttons - Papermania
Seam binding - Sunshine by Crafty Ribbons (this is my fave colour)
Tools - Marianne Designs swirl die, Deckel Edge Nestie die, scissors for distressing

Monday, 14 February 2011

It's Recipe Time at Cards for Men...

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! It's time for a brand new challenge at Cards for Men and we have a fab theme for you to follow 'a Recipe - 1 image, 2 papers and 3 embellies' (n.b. card must be for a male). Our sponsor this time is the wonderful One Stop Card Crafts and the prize is a £10 gift voucher to spend at the store.


Shelley, the lovely owner of One Stop Card Crafts (and my fellow teamie at CYDA!) has this to say: "At One Stop Card Crafts we have a big range of ever changing discount card making and cardmaking craft supplies.We are always adding to our range of craft supplies which are ideal for making handmade greeting cards, do-it-yourself invitations scrapbook pages, altered items and much more. Our card making craft supplies include free UK postage* and our popular discount scheme and quick service means our customers keep coming back for more. Our prices are very competitive and this makes us an ideal place to buy your cardmaking supplies online."

Please pop over to the CFM challenge blog to check out the details of our new challenge. As always the DT have made some wonderful cards, please do pop across and have a peek and have a go at the challenge while you're there. So onto my DT card, I've made a card for my eldest son Jack who turns 7 next month. I think I sometimes make my cards too faffy so strived for CAS with this card. I used a 6x6 card blank and cut off half the front. The image is a cutey from Bugaboo available here. I pasted the image into Word and added 3 stars and a sentiment. I love how you can do that easily with digital images...

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

Supplies:
Image - World Boy from Bugaboo coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Blueberry Pie by Papermania
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Card Candy Dots - Craftwork Cards

Sunday, 13 February 2011

A Valentine Commission....

A very lovely friend of mine asked me to make a Valentine card for her partner to give to her. I know the recipient has received her card and she said she likes it, phew! I decided to make another card with a box inside and found the most gorgeous little wooden heart to pop in the box.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Supplies:
Image - Teeny Mouse Hugs by Meljen's Designs from Whimsy Stamps coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Hopscotch by Basic Grey
Cardstock - Bazzill Kraft
Seam binding - Crafty Ribbons
Flowers - mixture of Crafty Emma's Store & Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls - The Hobby House
Sentiment ribbon - Pink Petticoat
Sentiment - Pink Petticoat
Tools - Circle Nestie, brown chalk ink pad

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Tilda in the rain

This is my absolutely favourite Tilda. I think she is the first one I ever bought. I have added a sentiment but it is on the inside and reads "Anyone who thinks sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain". I love that sentiment x

A close up of the ribbon, I think it's gorgeous, it's a sort of stretchy material, found it in Hobbycraft when looking for some red ribbon that I needed last minute.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
MSE Marg Water Challenge
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Make sure you enter my candy giveaway here if you haven't already, lots of beautiful seam binding up for grabs.
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Supplies:
Image - Tilda in the rain coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Pink Petticoat, freebie with Quick Cards this month
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Ribbon - Hobbycraft
Charm - not sure, Crafty Emma's I think
Pearls - The Hobby House
Flowers - mixture of Crafty Emma's and Wild Orchid Crafts
Tools - glimmer mist (sprayed this liberally on flowers and then a squirt all over for added shimmer), Star Dust Stickles, Marianne Designs swirl die, oval and scallop oval Nesties

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Photo Inspiration time at CYDA...

It's time for challenge number 13 at CYDA. We have a fabulous challenge for you chosen by our lovely team mate Donna. Our challenge theme this time is for you to take inspiration from this gorgeous photo...

We are being sponsored by the fabulous Simon Says Stamp, one lucky person will win a $10 voucher to spend at the online store. Please do come and join in the fun and check out the gorgeous creations made by my lovely team mates. So onto my DT card, I decided to make a baby card for my new nephew Alexander. I just love this image (he's called Bentley) & sentiment, they are available to purchase at Bugaboo Stamps here...

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

Supplies:
Image & sentiment - On The Inside from Bugaboo Stamps coloured with Promarkers
Paper - Lots of dots by Pink Petticoat
Red cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Seam binding ribbon - candy win from the lovely Bev x
Red twine - local garden centre!
Gems - stash
Tools - swirl die by Marianne Designs, Tilda Lace die by Magnolia

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

My Dabble with Scrapbooking...

Here is the scrapbook I made for my brother and SIL as a gift when my nephew (finally!) arrived. I haven't done much scrapbooking at all but thought it makes a nice new baby gift. I used the gorgeous set of baby stamps from Ladybug Crafts Ink and some papers by Making Memories. I think it looks ok for a newbie scrapper. All the new parents need to do with the first 6 pages is add photos, the rest of the album is up to them...

Supplies:
Scrapbook - 8x8 Papermania
Paper, stickers and epoxy dots - Little Kids by Making Memories
Images and sentiments - on front cover: Baby Blanket from Lili of the Valley; on pages: Baby Baby from Ladybug Crafts Ink (I LOVE this set), clear baby sentiments by American Crafts, ticket sentiments by Whimsy Stamps from Quixotic Paperie
Cardstock - Bazzill kraft
Ribbons - Crafty Ribbons and stash
Sentiment ribbon - Pink Petticoat
Tools - Martha Stewart photo corner punch