Hope everyone is having a great Sunday, sorry I didn’t post yesterday; it was another one of those days & I didn’t get a card made. Can I start by saying that I dislike this font intensely? I know, I know it’s stupid, but I do. I always use Trebuchet to write my posts, but today my font options have disappeared. It’s very irritating. 🙂
A huge thanks to everyone who commented on my ‘Tilda in the Garden’ card, it is much appreciated. Now that a little time has passed since I made it, I’m actually quite pleased with it. So thanks again for all your encouragement.
On to today’s card. For the first time, I have attempted the Friday Sketchers
challenge. This is the sketch that Mumur designed. There are a lot of elements, but I really like the layout.
I chose black & pink, because it’s been a while since I used those colours. Initially, I was going to use a 6×6 square card, but as I put the card together it started to look very crowded, so I switched to a C5 card instead.
C5 white cardstock
Patterned paper – Tesco
Black circular Nestie & pink frame Nestie – RAKs
Black swirls – gift from Eisbaerin
Corner swirl stamp – Inkadinkadoo
Long floral swirl stamp – Marie Curie for Cancer Care by Papermania
Bright pink & clear embossing powders
Versafine ink pad – Onyx Black
Prima & Papermania flowers, adhesive gems & pearls, pink brad, black & pink ribbons – from my stash.
Unfortunately, the scan has bled the colour from the long, floral swirl; in RL it’s a bright, zingy pink. And the black corner swirls aren’t placed exactly where they should be. Apart from that, I think it’s turned out pretty well. Hopefully, the recipient of this card will like it.
That’s it from me for tonight. I’m going to have a read through the Sunday papers & watch some TV – LA Ink is on at 10. 🙂
Love & light.
Happy Friday folks! I hope everyone has had a good day. Did anyone who has the BBC see the weather forecast yesterday where they said it would be -99C in Kent this morning?! It WAS a little chilly when I got up, but I wouldn’t have thought it was that cold, lol!! 🙂
On to today’s card. Surprise, surprise, it’s another Tilda! The Tilda challenge at DC this week was hosted by Jennie & she chose ‘In The Garden’. So, flowers, grass, trees, etc., it should be easy to come up with an idea, right? Wrong. Jennie posted the challenge on Friday morning & it took me ’til Wednesday night to come up with something, which went completely out the window when I started making the card yesterday!
My first bright idea was to use my cherry blossom stamp & turn it in to a tree by hand drawing a trunk & I coloured it with my Whispers pens, then I tried to find a garden-type paper in my stash; something green & grass-like. Nothing. Instead I found this HOTP ‘Ladybugs’ A4 sheet that Jen had given me & the swirls made me think of the wind. That gave me my second bright idea – I would stamp the cherry blossom twice more, cut out the tree & then cut out the flowers from the other images & use Tilda with a broom, so that she’s tidying the garden. Brilliant, no?! 🙂 🙂 Yep, I thought so. Until I started the cutting & the trimming…….Oh. My. Goodness. 🙂 It took HOURS! Then I had to place 1mm foam pads on to the back of the tree & the flowers – my fingers were sore afterwards! Thankfully, the rest of the card was very simple, especially as I decided not to strain my brain further by trying to come up a sentiment! I’ll probably just put something in the inside at some stage. So, that’s it, hope you like it.
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Before I say goodbye, I must tell you I have been given another award. Kay is a crafting buddy at DC & she very kindly gave me this. Thank you so much Kay!
Isn’t it pretty? I have to pass this on to my Top Ten favourite blogs, so I will make a list & post it tomorrow.
I’m going on my blog tour now, to see what you’ve all been up to today.
Until tomorrow, love & light.
Sorry there was no post yesterday, it was one of those days. Many thanks to those who’ve visited my blog & left comments in the last two days, I am very grateful.
Today’s card is one I made a few months ago for the Tilda Challenge at DC. I couldn’t show it before now, because I made it for Jen’s birthday & I didn’t want her to see it. Well, her birthday was on Tuesday – she spent it at Disneyland in California! ( She said it was nice being ten again!) – so here’s her card.
It won’t surprise anyone who follows this blog that I chose London for the city & I chose the London Eye because Jen & I love walking along the Southbank when she visits & the Eye is always the start & the end of our walk. This is a gorgeous photo of the Eye at night, so I used colours that fit with the image. The papers are Core’dinations Hocus Pocus & Papermania Blue Tones. I coloured Tilda with my Whispers pens & everything else is from my stash.
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I have nothing else to report, except that it’s ****** cold today! So I’ll end here, see you tomorrow.
Love & light.
Hi, the wind is howling & the the rain is pouring down, so I hope everyone is cozy at home today. I had to go to the hospital this morning for a bone scan, but I got home before the weather got too bad. I had to have a bone scan because the meds I’m on cause osteoporosis, so I’ll have to have my bone density levels checked regularly. I was a little concerned about the scan, but it was fine & only took ten minutes. I’ll get the results in April, so I’ll forget about it until then.
I thought I would get a card made this afternoon, but by the time I’d got some bits & pieces together it was almost dark, so today’s card is the other card I made yesterday – I know, two cards in one day!! Amazing!! 🙂
This week is the fifth week of the Colour Create challenges & the colours are blue & brown, with optional extras of pearls & lace, which was great, as I had the pearl string & lace left over from the Magnolia vs Stampavie challenge. I’ve just realised that ALL my recent cards are Tilda cards, I do love them, but maybe I need to use a different image once in a while. 🙂 I coloured this Tilda before I had decided what I was going to do with her & then I couldn’t decide what she was to sit on. After faffing about for ages I remembered seeing a card somewhere where she was sitting on a flower, so I went with that. I’m sorry I can’t tell you whose card I thought of, but I hope they won’t mind me using their idea.
- 6×6 white card
- Patterned papers – HOTP ‘Swirly Tan’ & Deja Views ‘Blue Raspberry Paisley’
- Papermania flowers
- Sentiment – WOJ
- Whispers pens
- Everything else from my stash
So that’s it for today, hope you like the card, thanks for visiting.
Love & light.
Hope everyone is having a nice Sunday. I’ve spent most of the day searching for a piece of paper. Not a nice piece of patterned paper, but an important, legal piece of paper. I’ve decided to stop looking for it, in the hope that I’ll remember what I did with it in the first place. I have no idea why it isn’t with the other papers. Grrrrrr.
On Friday I was asked to host the new Tilda challenge at DC. After panicking for a few minutes I was ready to say no when I remembered that tonight the Academy Awards are happening in Hollywood, so I decided the challenge would be to use Tilda to illustrate a film & you could be as obvious or as obscure as you wanted. My attempt ended up a little more obscure than I originally intended, but I’m happy to say, quite a few people guessed the film correctly.
- C5 white card
- Backing paper – Imaginisce Swweeet Spots
- Patterned paper – Seven Gypsies St Martin
- Navy cardstock & white tissue paper – from my stash
- Ribbons – Crafty Ribbons
- Whispers pens
- WH Smith watercolour pencils
- White gel pen
- Anita’s 3D Gloss
- Papermania flowers, star brad, adhesive gems
- Rose – from my stash
- Brilliance ink – Starlite Silver
- Silver embossing powder
- Sentiment – Studio g clear stamps
So, have you guessed the film?! 😉 Here are the clues…………..
- American film
- Won Best Picture Oscar in the ’90’s
- Stars my favourite actor – he won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in this film
- Name of the rose is also the name of the film
- Torn tissue paper symbolises a plastic bag
- Sentiment – what the main character did
Got it? It’s ‘American Beauty’. I have seen it countless times & I still love it, although I wish the ending was different 😉 (no spoilers in case someone who reads this hasn’t seen the film!) . Kevin Spacey was perfect as Lester Burnham, IMO & Alan Ball wrote a great screenplay. She doesn’t know it yet – well, she will when she reads this! – but I’m sending this card to Jen. She’s a Spacey fan too, so I think she’ll like it.
Right, I’m off to visit the blogs on my list & also to think about the Magnolia vs Stampavie challenge. It’s a sketch this week – thank goodness! No ‘difficult’ colours to worry about. 🙂 A big thank you to everyone who left comments on my card yesterday.
See you all tomorrow hopefully. Love & light.
Hope everyone is having a nice Monday. Just a quick post tonight; I was at the hospital again today & I always come home tired & with a headache. So without further ado, here is today’s card. Over at DC, the Tilda challenge this week is ‘safari’.
At first, I had no ideas AT ALL! I had a look at Google images & found the pic of the baby elephant at www.lucytravels.com , then I did a search for African trees & up came images of acacia trees & an idea began to form. The idea is that Tilda hasn’t seen the baby elephant sheltering from the hot sun under the acacia tree.
I chose this Tilda because her clothes are similar to a safari suit & I gave her a girly sunhat, because I’ve decided Tilda is a girly girl! 🙂 (Don’t look too closely at her ‘camera’ – it’s a perfect example of my atrocious drawing skills!) The flowers are meant to represent the African sky & sun & because there is no bling on this card, there just had to be a ribbon, so I chose a brown one to represent the dry African soil. I haven’t chosen a sentiment yet, but when I do, I will put it opposite the little bow.
- Backing paper – BG Sugared collection
- Flowers – Prima & Papermania
- Whispers pens
- QVC ribbon
- Papermania brads
So, a very simple card, but I think it’s cute.
That’s it for tonight, take care.
PS I’ve just a thought – I hope this elephant is an African elephant, not an Asian one!!
Greetings from a rainy, snowy, sleety Kent! I hope everyone reading this is warm & well. Sorry I didn’t post the last two days. On Tuesday, I was uploading my photos & they got deleted somehow – I was NOT a happy bunny! – & yesterday I spent almost five hours at the hospital & was too tired when I got home to do anything except collapse on the couch.
Today’s card covers two challenges at DC. The LO is forum member Loretta’s weekly sketch challenge, hopefully you can see the LO, & the colour is for the weekly ABC challenge, which this week is ‘P’ for purple & anything else we could think of related to card making. This card marks my first attempt at paper-piecing, which was not altogether successful.
- Papers – Papermania & Papermill matted & layered on to
- Anita’s Patterned Vellum
- Flowers – Papermania & Prima
- Circular sentiment stamp – Cuddly Buddly
- Pearlescent Orchid – Brilliance ink
- Purple embossing powder – Debbie Moore
- Purple brads & adhesive gems – Papermania
- Striped brad – K & Co.
- Ribbons & butterfly – from my stash
- Whispers pens
- Purple crystal lacquer – on the flower petals only.
After photographing this week’s cards approximately 20 times I gave up & scanned them. No matter what I do I cannot get a clear image. I’m beginning to wonder if the camera is the problem. It wasn’t very expensive & as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. It’s also costing me a small fortune in batteries, so I’m thinking about getting a new one. Will do some research next week.
There was a thread on the DC forum this week, which made me laugh. Someone had overheard a customer in her local craft shop say that it only took her ten minutes to make a card & the DC’er was wondering if this was the same for the rest of us? The general consensus was – ‘ten minutes?? You must be joking!!’ Today, for example, was the ‘normal’ situation for me. I spent about fifteen minutes deciding on which Tilda I was going to use. Then another fifteen – twenty minutes thinking about colours. Probably about thirty minutes doing the colouring, then I spent about forty minutes choosing the papers & moving them around in various combinations & LOs. Then I had to decide; to bling or not to bling? One ribbon? A bow? Okay, no bows. Flowers? Ummm, no. Right, the sentiment – circular? No, it doesn’t suit the LO. Look at the LO again, (had decided on a challenge LO), there’s no obvious place for a sentiment. Okay, leave it for now, I can add one later. Only then, did I start to put the various pieces together – THAT took about ten minutes! So, adding all that together, it probably took about three hours on one card, which for me is actually pretty good. 🙂 On a rare occasion, if the creative juices (!) flow & I don’t let myself be distracted by t’internet I can be faster & I might even get two cards made in one day. But that’s my limit, I’m afraid.
After giving you that insight into my card making day 🙂 I will end here & go blog-visiting. To everyone who left comments on my Tilda Valentine’s card – thank you so much, it means a great deal to me.
Take care, love & light.