Friday, 25 January 2008

Getting Creative

I challenged myself to make something at least every day... well, it's harder than it seems, especially when you've got a busy family and added commitments now it's not holiday time..

Well, from looking at other peoples blogs and other card making websites, I have found some brilliant inspiration! Not only are there layouts for cards/scrapbook pages, but there are examples of them too.. so.. on a definate try to achieve my goal, I'm going to refer to these places quite often.

So here we go with my first ever card challenge..


This card was based on a sketch from Beates blog, link on the right (not sure how to enclose it here!)
Using one of the paper pieced magnolias I stamped up last week, and a Pink Petticoat phrase, mounted up on pink c/s and using a A5 sheet from my Payper box.
HUGE 3/16 eyelets that I've had from a RAK and never used them!


This from another great site for sketches!!

I posted a comment on Jenny's blog (Stamping Moments) saying that my favourite colours atm are Chocolate brown and lime green, however, I can't remember using them in combination together very much, so I gave it a go!

The c/s again is from my Payper Box (still using this up ready for some new stock!) and the green papers are from a pack I bought at the craft club I go to, Dotty About Cards. The phrase is Pink Petticoat and the flower is from a pack I bought from Lakeland in the sales (Brown and pink embellishment box - another great colour combination!). The gem is a Dovecraft one, I'm always worried about them falling off, but it seems to have stayed stuck!

WELL, I hope that you enjoyed them! I enjoyed making them and shall be (hopefully) keeping up with the challenges.. and seeing what I can come up with.

Bye for now,

Em x

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Stamping again...

Why is it I get to this time of night and think... oh damn.. I should have blogged.. it shouldn't be like that - should it!? Well, just to keep my motivation up, I guess that's why I do it... mmmm... Had a bit of a pooooeeeey weekend, didn't feel 100%, and NO it wasn't alcohol induced either! Today I've been recovering and been duly pampered by all the girls with loving hugs (don't need to tell these guys anything, they just 'know' when somethings not right) don't you just love kids!?

Anyhow, here's the same Bella stamp that I used in Katie's card, I paper pieced these ones, but Sarah and Rob said that they preferred the painted one. I had fun cutting out the little bits and using up my 'smaller bits folder' (see Jo, they DO come in handy!)
It's so much fun giving the little Bella's their own character. Molly helped me to choose the colours, I'll have her dressing herself yet.. no such luck at the moment....

Here's the monkeys out of my lovely new set.. I simply couldn't resist, but Papermaze has got 20% off all month.. I couldn't resist these little beauties... I can see so many scrapbook pages being embellished with these! They're Autumn Leaves, a set called Mindy's Zoo.. yummy.. Not sure how I'm going to finish these ones off, I was mainly playing around, I haven't yet stamped directly onto a card, but enjoyed this and embossed them as well, so has all around touchy feeliness! Any ideas for titles to go on these would be great!! Could have a caption comp...
Also, not sure if the right hand one is too busy, I had a play with masking the bits.. and as I read somewhere else... kept the post it in with the pack for the next time I need it!! (Saves on cutting it out every time!)

Finally for today... we've been introducing Aimee to the potty this week!! BUT... (Karen found this out rather rudely SANS (without) knickers on Friday!) SHE DOES LOVE HER NEW WELLIES!!! So whatever her evening attire, is always accompanied with her LOVELY wellies!!

Maybe I should let Molly free with her, advise her what to wear!

Night Night all.. xx

Em xx