Friday, 25 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
1st - My computer has died again and I'm using my Mum & Dad's computer to post this as they are out Christmas shopping. Please don't tell my Dad as it would take me forever and a day to understand what a blog is, never mind posting onto one.
2nd - This week is manic, I have a hospital appointment for Joe on Monday, GFS Bible studying on Tuesday, Charity golf competition on Wednesday, Mother's Union card making event on Wednesday night, working Thursday and partying on Friday night (well this will take at least 5 hours to get ready for, need a new gown, hair done etc etc)
So please forgive me for not being here, I am in spirit and thought.
When I get my computer back, I promise (fingers crossed) to post pictures of the cards that I've been making. Can't even get doing my favourite weekly challenges as I don't know what they are :-(
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
Now I can remember when I was younger waking up in Christmas morning to check my stocking. And every year Santa had left my brothers and I, an orange, some money, a candy cane with our "smaller" presents. I was never dressed up as nicely as this young girl, I was still in my pj's and my older brother was the one that use to waken us all up. The average time was 4am and needless to say we were wrecked when we were going to church with all the family. I really loved going to church on Christmas morning singing all the carols and hearing what all our friends got from Santa. My haven't things changed!
Image: Whiff of Joy Winter 09 kit
Colouring: copics & firebrick red distress ink
Papers: DCWV Christmas Multi Stack
Punch: Fiskars (sorry can't remember the name)
Other bits & bobs: flower from www.ribbonbox.co.uk, stickles star dust, peel offs and sentiment from stash.
Well I hope you are all tucked up in bed having sweet dreams, and hopefully if you pop over you might like to leave a comment.
Now I am for my bed to dream of Christmas' gone by, night all xoxo
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Now many of you will recognise this little character from the Daisy & Dandelion collection which was a TSV on a shopping channel recently.
Saturday, 21 November 2009
She is a lovely image that I received in their Winter 2009 collection and it was so relaxing just sitting up in my room colouring her in. I used my faithful copics and over at Copic Creations their challenge was to use Gold. The colours that I have used for her dress are Y11, Y15 & Y21.
For the background I used some free papers and ribbon and then on top of the layering I used some Tim Holtz/Ranger gold perfect pearls to give a shimmer snowflake design.
Well I better go up into my room and do the challenge again for WOJ, this time following their sketch. Dooh !!
See you all soon, Karen xox
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Now I must apologise for the quality of the photos, didn't get taking the pictures until really late and I don't want to install the software onto Kelsey's laptop to have to remove it again in a few days (I hope).
Now I'm sorry I don't know the proper name of this little Tilda, but I think she is really cute with her socks down around her ankles. I brought the image more to life by decoupaging the box and just the souls of her socks, I hope you can see this properly from the picture.
Well there we go a short but sweet posting tonight, I'm really tired and I won't be hard to rock tonight. Hope you all sleep well and we will catch up again really soon. Karen xoxo
Now at my recent visit to the craft show at the King's Hall on Thursday, I met a lovely lady called Mina at the Crafters & Co stall, well as Mina was taking a little break from demonstrating she offered me the paint brush and inks to take the reins as such, well I jumped at the chance and I really enjoyed myself (all of 5 minutes) but hey it was good crack.
This was the image that I was colouring in and when I got home I jumped onto the Just Magnolia challenge blog and went for their challenge for last week - distressing, well after the weekend that I am having distressing is not a problem to me. Never done the paper distressing before but I got tore in (get the joke?!) and had a blast. Now this card is off to a very nice lady who picked my name recently for some candy and she know who she is so a big THANK YOU.
This was also my first ever time of colouring in an image using distress inks and to be honest, it was very relaxing and a lot more "go with the flow" than using the copics. The colours are more subtle than the copics but I think for this card that was ideal.
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Well this is what I came up with and I am really happy with the result. I just played around more this time and decided to break away from my normal and try not to use any papers other than the base card itself.
I stamped the imaged out on Gina K Luxury paper with Memento and coloured her in with copics. You can really see the difference with the blending when you use the proper materials.
Next I used my new embossing folder that I bought from Crafts Too called Leafy tree and used the ranger perfect pearls to highlight the tree.
Used chalks to create an autumnal background with the blue sky and the red sunset and finally some fiber paper in shades of green for the grass.
I really do like the way this card turned out and I hope you appreciate it also.
Well onto my unbelievable weekend. It was my son's birthday on Friday (Friday the 13th) and oh boy did it turn out to be a horrible day for me. Started off great, Joe really enjoyed his cards (see tomorrow's post) and presents before going to school. Trevor and I then went up the town to get the final bits and pieces for his birthday party which was today, sorry no pics as other kids in them and I want to respect their privacy. I bought a new memory stick for the computer and the new touch ipod for myself for Christmas. Well as you can see from my previous post the ipod works, went to turn on the computer and blaaaah it pooped itself. Not a dickey bird, nathing. Phoned the IT man and he says that my hard drive has died, not much change out of £200 to get it fixed but he will see what he can do. Leaving it with him on Monday as I really need the hard drive, all my accounts, cards, photos everything is saved on it and I didn't get a backup done before it died. I bet you are asking yourself how am I doing this post, well thankfully Kelsey has a laptop but I really need my accounts as its been a few months since I printed out a hard copy. So please learn by what I say, not as I do. DO A BACKUP NOW!!!!
Friday, 13 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Image: Magna Christmas Girl
Papers: DCWV Christmas Multi pack
Inks: Copics & Antique Rose Distress Ink
Bits & Bobs: Ribbon, Nestabilities Scalloped Circle, Rub on
Thursday, 5 November 2009
I received my WOJ Winter Kit earlier this week, so obviously i had to use an image from it. I have used 2 from the kit, the sleigh and as my OH called her "The Snow Queen", which is a very appropriate name for this lady.
Once I had coloured in her overcoat, I wanted it to sparkle to I used some stickles on her coat and the feather in her hair.
Monday, 2 November 2009
1st thing I normally do in the morning is have a smoke and a tin of red bull - not today, 1 vitamin shake down and a bowl of cereal already, I haven't had a breakfast in years and I'm talking double figures here.
So the plan is to go out into the OH's gym when I get home from work for 15 mins on his bike that goes no where, come back in, shower and then craft - well a girl does need a reward for cycling into a brick wall doesn't she :-)
Will keep you posted on my progress, just a quick question, should I weigh myself every week and keep a record or not????
Thursday, 29 October 2009
I'm finding it harder and harder to buy the right things for the kids at Christmas time that this year I'm going to take Kelsey with me and she can pick what she wants. Granted there will be a few surprises under the Christmas tree for her, but isn't it disappointing and depressing too when all the presents are opened and someone is sitting there with a long face on them - or is that just her hormones??
Anyway, might manage to get something made tomorrow then again might not as the kids are off school for their Halloween break - do they learn anything at school??
Well, when are you doing your Christmas shopping or are you like my OH and leave it to Christmas Eve then get so stressed out that you just buy anything that your hand touches??
Righty oh, I'm away for now, see ya soon Karen xoxo
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
I did invest in some Sugar Nellie stamps when I was over at the SECC last week with Mum, will post the pictures later of all my purchases.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Henry was coloured in using my faithful copics, the top of his cake was covered with glossy accents and then I sprinkled glitter over it.
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Now isn't she the sweetest little girl, holding her bread and I wondered what saying would be appropriate for this image and the Lord's Prayer came to mind. Ok I'm loaded with the cold, the weather is poor to say the least but I have a loving family, a roof over my head and plenty of crafty friends, so this is my daily bread.
This is the finished card in all its glory. I distressed the edges of the paper and used faux stitching around the sides that are stuck onto the card. Used my nestabilities for the frame, and wrote the saying myself. The little girl is sitting on a mushroom as I love mushrooms, especially with my saturday night fry up!!
Images: WOJ Girl with bread & WOJ mushroom (both from their autumn kit)
Papers: K & Company
Colours: Copic sketch & Stabilito fine pens
Please leave a comment, good or bad, so I can go and visit your blog, its always nice to know that someone has looked :-)
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Porridge is coloured in using my copics as is the fireplace. The hart is sakura black glaze and the stockings are glitter and flock. The pressies have been stamped out of the background paper and layered on. Punched out some snow flakes and glittered them up, the center of the flakes and the i's in the sentiment are pink gems.
Well I hope you like my card, it is exactly what I am going to do this Christmas "Pig Out" and enjoy myself, hope you all do the same xoxoxo
Sunday, 11 October 2009
I coloured her in using my faithful copics and then put glossy accents over her hat and cloak. She is also a flying witch with her broomstick and I put her onto acetate to give the impression that she is flying past the moon, don't think you can see this to well on the photos. You may be wondering what that thing is in the top right hand corner, well that's Freddie a spider and although he may be very cute and small, he was a right pain to get his legs to go the way I wanted. Naughty spider!!!!
This is a little close up of Freddie, all he is is a bead from a pair of old earrings, some funky foam for his legs, 2 googly eyes and a little white mouth, but he has got to be one of the nicest spiders I have came across, he definitely will not be going up the hoover like all his other annoying little friends who stay rent free in my house!!!
Well I hope you liked my card, please do leave comments as I love to hear what other people think of my interpretation of the sketch and theme.
Come back soon, Karen xoxoxo
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Now this little card I really enjoyed making, it was from my children and although my Mum is now grey, my Dad doesn't have a beard but he would have a slightly receding hair line but not to the extreme as this stamp shows.
Just looking at these cards now you could say that they are before and after cards, but I wouldn't be so bold as to say that now would I ??!!!
Monday, 5 October 2009
The pain in my right leg is so strong that even the painkillers that the doctor gave me aren't working. I thought I was on the mend, but obviously I'm not. Was hoping to go back to work this week but I think that idea has truly gone out the window.
Ah well, will just have to spend another week making some more cards and scrapbook pages, for every negative there is a positive.
Hope your all sleeping well, just think of me and my wonky leg :-)
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Friday, 2 October 2009
A little close up of my bobble trees lol :-) Keep smiling xoxo
Found this great new site called Stamp With Us, there challenge this week is "anything but a card", so I decided to enter this candle. Well if your not in it you can't win it ....
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Image: Whiff Of Joy, little girl with cookies (yummy)
HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY WHIFF OF JOY XOXOXO
Image used: Gorjuss Girls set 2
Papers: American Crafts, Tea Cup Selection
Colours: My ever faithful Copics (forgot to take pic :-( sorry!)
Just a nice simple card to get my started on my crafting day ahead of me!!!
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Went into hospital on Wednesday, through the op on Thursday and got discharged a couple of hours ago.
Needless to say I am sore with the stitches and a bit dozy with the anaesthetic, hopefully it will wear of in a day or two.
Don't think I will get much crafting done in the next couple of days as I'm not suppose to lift anything heavier than a cup of water, but I am due to be off work for a few weeks, and won't be able to drive for at least 6 so I should have no excuses not to join in on some challenges.
Anyway, going back to bed now for some more rest, hope you are all keeping well,
Monday, 21 September 2009
Image: Penny Black (sorry don't know the name)
Brads: American Crafts
Ribbons: from stash
Flock: Stampendouse, snow cone blue
Colours: Copic Sketch pens (see picture for details)
Well I hope you liked my entry and can't wait for next months.
Just a note:
I am suppose to be going into hospital on Wednesday to go through surgery on Thursday, well that's the plan but its already been cancelled twice in as few months so I haven't even packed my suitcase. Now I hope that I will be fit and well to travel over to bonnie Scotland for the SECC at the end of October with my Mum, it would be lovely if we could arrange to meet up somewhere and have a natter and a cup of tea. If you would be interested, please email me and that will give me something to do during my recovery :-) Lots of crafty hugs and kisses to you all xoxoxo