Wednesday, 4 February 2015

A welcome return to Crafts & Me

Afternoon all!  Hopefully it is the afternoon as I scheduled the post, I should actually be hard at work about now and haven't scheduled a post in donkey's so hopefully it worked!

As you know I'm dipping my toe back into blogging and I make things here and there but what I lack really is motivation.  I thrive on challenge or reaching goals or I do tend to procrastinate and get distracted (I'm sure you all recognise that!) so I asked on one of the digi groups on facebook if anyone knew any monthly challenges with a DT call and I was answered by a few (thanks so much!) and Teresa over at Crafts & Me spotted and asked me to rejoin her team, needless to say I jumped at it as I spent quite some time with this team a while back and I do still admin on the Crafts & Me Facebook Group - Whaaaaat a facebook group? - YES, come show off your fab Crafts & Me creations!
So its a welcome return to the Crafts & Me Design Team :)

The challenge over at Crafts & Me Challenge & Inspiration this month is to Use a Ribbon.
I used a digi by Hannah Lynn called Mimi (Hint: which is also perfect for valentines!)
She's coloured with promarkers and flexmarkers and I used vintage photo distress ink round the papers (First edition: Love Letters)
I added some paper roses, pink and brown ones dyed with moonshadow ink and some 1" brown chiffon ribbon overlayed with rose coloured 1/4".  The crystal hearts I bought at a show a while back (saved for best as you do!) and the frames I have no idea where I got them from but may well be the craft shop in Llandudno.  The butterflies are punched from holographic silver then coloured in with a brown promarker, they didn't photograph very well and look streaky but you cant see that in the flesh.
Finally the sentiment is made from individual peel off letters - CARIAD which means SWEETHEART in Welsh.

Do hope you can join us this month, its easy peesy add a ribbon x

I'd like to enter into...

Monday, 2 February 2015

New baby and one from Molly

Evening all!  Thanks for stopping by.  I have a couple to share tonight, a new baby girl for my team leader who's just recently had her first baby and our Molly wants to join in the fun so expect to see some creations from her here and there as she's been itching to join in.

News is I passed my Best Interests Assessor course so I'm fully qualified to do Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards assessments.  Haven't done a big course in ages so I'm quite pleased!  Next mission is to start learning Welsh, even just basic to get by Welsh.  I can read a bit (mainly roadsigns!) but need to hear it spoken a lot more to pick it up so will look for an evening class later on in the year and maybe get a CD for the car.

Anyways first up is Baby Girl Bundle by Pink Gem Designs.  Coloured with promarker and added dots with my molotow pen and glamour dust.  Papers are First Edition love letters, added a strip of iridescent ribbon and a couple of flower gems, kept it quite simple as things tend to fall off over the years.

I'd like to enter into...
Next up we have our Molly's creation.  She nicked one of my Saturated Canary images and coloured with her Crayola pens.  She's welcome to my extensive collection of papers but I think she's a bit of a CAS girl and wanted to just make her own backgrounds.

Molly would like to enter into.....

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Twice in a week

Wow I must be on a roll, two cards in a week, must be time to go back to work, oh it is :( 
Have enjoyed some time off with the kids, our Molly loves colouring so I got her some Crayola pens, I'm not quite ready to let her loose on my promarkers just yet.  I know what she's like and will have permanent pen puddles on the furniture and table so for now she can have Crayola.

Went to a local panto of Snow white last night at Theatr Colwyn, the kids loved it!  We haven't been to a panto with the kids before as they usually go with school so I think that needs to become a Christmas tradition now to make an effort and go out to one :)

Did you get anything nice for Xmas?  Boo got me a coffee maker so I can make my own Latte's at home, we haven't slept since xmas day ha!

Anyway I'm back with another, this is Elven Princess by Aurora Wings which I coloured over about 5 days inbetween a New Year clean.  I spotted these on Facebook so thought I'd drop by the shop and wasn't disappointed!  I used various dye inks on the edges, as I said in last post that really makes the image pop and I got me a new white pen which I'm having a ball with, called a Molotow pen, these are fab as its white acrylic in a pen, I'm sure you've been there with the banging and tapping of other white pens to get them to work well give this a go (I got 2mm nib) as you can see I went a bit mad with it ha!

Anyways the background is starburst stains dotted with new pen on a background by Crafts and Me (Floral fantasy)  I added lots of bling with some new sticky gems and mirror gem and the gold metal flowers with pearl centres I got from Chloe's Crafts at Port Sunny.  Added some very glittery gold ribbon and coloured in some butterly punches which were cut out of shimmery card.

I've got someone in mind to send this to, hope they like it :)  Thanks for looking!

I'd like to enter into...

Aurora Wings Challenge - All that glitters
Corrosive Challenge - Shiny & New
A gem of a challenge - Something new
Card Mania - Make it Sparkle
Emerald Faeries - All about the bling
That's Crafty! - Blue is the colour
CRAFT - Colour combo
Glitter n Sparkle - anything goes

Friday, 2 January 2015

Back in the land of blogging

Evening all!  I'm back again lol!  Thought I'd get more time in the winter, nope still a busy busy bee, think you really have to make time rather than expect to find it!
Still loving life in Wales, we've explored lots and lots, have our favourite places.  We've been out on the boat quite a bit, I discovered my sea sickness even when the sea is as smooth as glass.  I used to be in the Royal Navy Reserves as well go figure!  We even saw the dolphins swim past us *Squuuuuuueeeeeeeeee*  I'd been looking for them since we moved here and I saw them yay!  I love going over to Penmon Point in Anglesey, it has THE most awesome rock pooling going.  I could spend all day rock pooling!
Its funny we moved right by a beach in Colwyn Bay but you'd hardly ever find me there as I like pottering round the rocks, Colwyn Bay is a long expanse of sand and more sand so we pootle over to Penrhyn Bay and go crab fishing or The Beacons in Conwy, I love The Beacons especially when the tide is freshly out and the sand is new, it feels almost tropical.

Anyway other news is I'm having a nail biting time, I've been back to Uni for a course to qualify as a Best Interests Assessor so am a bag of nerves now as we get the results of the essay on the 9th, I haven't written an essay since 1999!

Kids are doing well, settled into school.  Ethan is completely and utterly fixated on Minecraft, if he's not playing it he's watching tutorials on you tube and sucking all the bandwidth! 
Molly has been colouring and getting quite good at it too so bought her a set of Crayola pens, not bad quality hey, not happy about letting her loose on my promarkers just yet though!

Hope you all had a good Christmas and wishing you all a fab New Year!

Anyway I made a card, yes I did!  I'm also 3/4 way through colouring another image, well I have been off work since xmas eve so have had a little more time!
This is a Tiddlyinks stamp called Dark Queen.  We got Maleficent on 3d for Xmas and I highly recommend, fantastic film. 
I coloured with promarkers and added some coloursoft pencil.  The trees are hand sketched with promarkers and blender pen, wanted them as a blurry background type effect.  I then edged with distress inks, doesn't half make the image stand out when you do that!
Clock is a die cut and I've added dots of glitter, gems, dyed lace and some flowers, the big ones are also dyed with moonshadow ink which I them cooked in the convection cooker to speed up drying hehe!  Papers are from god only knows stack, I have that many I lose track of which is which!  I punched a border on the brown one too.
I had some challenges in mind for this which I've listed below.  Hope you like and hopefully I'll be back again a lot sooner!



I'd like to enter into...

Passion for Promarkers - Mega Christmas Challenge - OMG girls, I had to keep checking back on the grid thinking dang I've not got a line yet haha!  I'm going with 3 lines now after all that and have "punches, glitter and blooms" and also the middle line of "gems, free and lace or die cut, free and glitter"

I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Divas by Design - Anything goes
Simon says stamp - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything goes
Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Beside the Seaside

Well its our first summer living in sunny Wales and we're still loving it all!  Finding new places all the time.  We've had tea on the beach after work, been out on the boat, finding great places with rock pools, just having a lovely time.  We even had a free concert last week from Sir Tom Jones and Jessie J, actually it wasn't free but because we live so close to the venue it was LOUD so we just sat on the balcony and enjoyed for nothing :)

This is our Molly on Rhos-On-Sea beach, it always has a bit of sand showing even at high tide.  Beach is a lot of mussel shells so you'll need your crocs on here!

We also found Bodafon Farm which we'e driven past a million times!  What a little gem this is overlooking Llandudno North Shore.  Its free entry and theres tractor ride ons then an adventure playground, goats, llamas, deer, birds of prey and a kookoburra!  You cant take picnics though but the food is outstanding, my fussy OH was well pleased.  Its a pound or two dearer than pub grub but so much better and proper home cooked.

We've also been exploring over in Anglesey and favour Penmon Point overlooking Puffin Island next to the lighthouse.  If you love rock pools you'll love this place.  Theres a little cafe there you can use the loo if you buy something!
There are literally hundreds of rock pools and get more interesting the further the tide goes out, we caught loads of creatures and I can spend all day here.

I don't get much time to craft especially if the sun's out then I'm usually out and about.  This one took me about a fortnight to complete, I just had a red/pink theme in mind and went from there.  

I've coloured with promarkers, flex and tria, drawn the background myself and coloured the die cut border with matching promarkers.
Flowers are wild orchid and papers are my fav First Edition, I have a few of their stacks.

I'd like to enter Tilda into;

As you like it challenge - Fav papers - Why because I love all the first edition stacks as they have a mix of fancy and patterned and go together beautifully plus they are a lovely quality